Alles klar?

Why alles klar?
     Alles klar means "everything is clear" in German.  It can be a question, "Alles klar?" - Is everything clear? or a statement, "Alles klar!" - Everything is clear/fine/alright.  According to my German students, I say it a lot - checking in to see if they understand, saying things are fine, trying to get them back on track, you get the idea.  So, it seems like a good title for a blog about my German teaching.  

More about Me
     I'm currently in my 5th year of teaching and 3rd year of teaching German.  My first two years of teaching were 1999 - 2001 at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, where I taught math and physics.  I owe so much of what I know about teaching to my wonderful colleagues there!  After that, I stayed home full time when our two sons (now 13 and 11) were born.  When our younger son was in first grade, I returned to the classroom part time as an English as a Second Language aide at my kids' elementary school.  I learned so much from working in the classrooms of some fantastic elementary teachers!  In the fall of 2013 I accepted a 1/3 time German teaching position at Bloomington High School North, one of two comprehensive public high schools in this university town of about 70,000.  This school year I am working 5/6 time and teaching three sections of German 1 and two sections of German 3/4.

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