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WPWV Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German



Spring 2014 Meeting & Workshop

Presenter: Jennifer Redmann from Franklin & Marshall College

Topic: Writing

at Penn Hills Senior High School, 309 Collins Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

Saturday, May 3. Chapter meeting 8:30-9 a.m. Election of new secretary/treasurer. Please consider taking on this position! It can also be divided into 2 positions.

Workshop 9-noon. Optional lunch afterwards. Workshop is free for current members. Please RSVP yeses only by May 1 to cathylynnaltmeyer@gmail.com


FALL 2013 Meeting & Workshop WIR KOCHEN! Saturday November 16, 2013

Chef Josef Karst will lead us in preparing some authentic German recipes. Zuerst kochen wir, dann essen wir!

Mt. Lebanon High School

Business Meeting & Breakfast 9-10 a.m.

Workshop 10-12

Mittagessen 12-1 p.m.

Please RSVP to cathylynnaltmeyer@gmail.com


Join us for Happy Hour! Meet and Connect!  
Friday , October 11, 2013 at 4:30 P.M.

Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Come meet fellow German teachers old and new.  Find out about our chapter plans for the year.  All members, prospective members and former members are invited. Feel free to pass this invitation on to new colleagues.

Western Pennsylvania Chapter of AATG

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SAVE THE DATE!  FALL MEETING & WORKSHOP Saturday November 16, 2013   Details to come!



Spring 2013 Meeting & Workshop

Saturday, April 13





Bringing the €uro Crisis into the Classroom—

A simulation of economic proportions.


Presented by:

Kristina Wassmann of Centerville High School, Centerville, OH,

President, Ohio Chapter AATG


Dr. Elfe Dona from Wright State University,

Second Vice President, Ohio Chapter AATG


9-9:15 a.m.        Registration, coffee

9:15-9:45 a.m.     AATG Business/VP Election Meeting

9:45-10:00 a.m.    Break 

10:00-12 p.m.      Workshop:

Bringing the €uro Crisis into the Classroom

How do we present this topic in the classroom in an interesting & fun way?  Come and find out!

12-1 p.m.          Lunch onsite-on the house!


Workshop Cost:     $10 per person/ onsite or offsite

                        (see below for offsite info.)


Directions to W&J:

Route 79 to Beau Street Exit, Turn left onto Beau Street.  Turn left at the light onto S. Wade Ave. (1st light if you came 79S, 2nd light if you came 79S) Turn right onto Wheeling St.  Look for Burnett Center, tan building on left.  Park in lot behind building or in larger lot beyond.


This workshop will also be available off-site to the first 25 registrants who have a computer and speakers available.  High speed internet recommended. Fee $10 per off-site location.


Register for onsite or offsite via computer by email to caltmeyer@washjeff.edu by April 10.





Fall 2012 Meeting & Workshop, Saturday Nov. 10 at Fox Chapel Area High School


WPWV-AATG GERMAN PROGRAM ADVOCACY LETTER WRITING SESSION--Saturday, November 10, at Fox Chapel Area High School.

Do you wish you had more time to fight for support for your German program?


 If you missed the workshop, many of the ideas for writing letters to parents, administrators, and others to gain support for your program came from Goethe Institut's Advocacy Toolkit:

Advocacy Toolkit--Goethe Institut




2012 Spring Meeting and Workshop:

Saturday April 14 8:30-2

Osborne Elementary School

1414 Beaver Street

Sewickley PA


Cost of Workshop $20 for current members—includes lunch. You can pay at the workshop.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BY EMAILING Cathy Altmeyer at clba319@yahoo.com by April 12 so that we have enough photocopies and lunch for all!  Vielen Dank im Voraus!


Directions:  Just off 79, exit 66.  Rt. 65 N toward Sewickley, stay to the right toward Beaver Street.  Osborne Elementary School will be on the left.


8:30-9  Business breakfast meeting

9-2       Technology Workshop by Nathan Hammond

             Digigagement: The 10 Best Tech Tools for Daily Engaged Instruction


This is a powerful, head-spinning, and idea generating, overview of the best WL tools. These are not sites for projects but rather tools for daily technology supported instruction. The presentation includes actual picture and video footage of these tools in action. You won’t want to miss the discussion that these tools will generate!

Hands-on workshop: The (nearly) Ultimate Free Digital Vocabulary Manager

Deal with a lot of vocabulary in your course?  Would you like to manage vocabulary online -- even help students maintain it over the summer? This great free multimedia tool can even tell which words need to be practiced when in order to help students from forgetting. See how to put the flash in flashcards.   


11:30-12:30   Lunch onsite provided by WPWV AATG

12:30-2pm     Workshop continues


About Nathan Hammond:
-German Teacher (Masters in ESL)

-German Program doubled in 2008

-Heavy use of TPRS and Technology

-Piloted a program to teach German 1 for several weeks with not a moment of live instruction through an online self developed asynchronous approach that increased verbal participation by 1500%

-Millersville Summer Adjunct for tech courses(‘01-05)

-Founded www.techitu (Penn State York Summer Technology Institute) (’10)

-Brandman University Professional Development Consultant /  Partner (’11-’12)

-Webtool Designer and partner with www.fostertechnicalsolutions.com

-Founder of www.techitupanotch.org/courses with 5 self-created grad courses and 2 additional instructors (‘11)

-Creator of the AATG Summer Tech seminar at Kutztown University called: TaLK at  www.aatg.org/tech-seminar



Past Meeting Topics:

Media in the Classroom

Cooking in the Classroom

Märchen und Medien

German Tour of Pittsburgh

Teutonia Männerchor/D’Lustigen Isartaler Dancers

Teaching the Holocaust through Comic Books

Total Physical Response Storytelling

German Art at the Carnegie Museum


The New AP Exam


Do you have an idea for a workshop? 

Would you like to host a workshop?

Please contact Drew Richards, our Chapter President!




2011 Fall Meeting & Workshop

Saturday, October 29

Washington & Jefferson College

Topic: The new AP exam: curriculum development and strategies for teaching the course


2011 Spring Election Meeting & Workshop

Saturday, April 30

Advocacy:  Keeping your German program alive and kicking!

We will be voting for a new Chapter Vice-President and will be voting on a proposed merger with the West Virginia AATG Chapter, so be sure to attend!


Fall Workshop at the Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh

November 13, 2010

Click here for a handout on Germanic art at the Carnegie

and for contact information for setting up a tour for

your students!


Spring Meeting & Workshop, March 27, 2010 at the University of Pittsburgh:

TPRS + Zusammenarbeit

Special Spring Workshop, April 18,2010 at the UJF Holocaust Center:

Die Suche: The Use of Comic Books in Teaching the Holocaust

Details on both workshops below!


The Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh


Western PA AATG



Beverly Harris-Schenz University of Pittsburgh &

Zsuzsa Horváth Washington & Jefferson College

Die Suche: The Use of Comic Books in Teaching the Holocaust

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Recently featured in the New York Times, two comic books, Die Entdeckung and Die Suche were developed to teach German youth about the Holocaust and the Third Reich. This workshop will introduce these texts and explore the use of Die Suche in the German classroom to give American students linguistic and cultural information about this very important historical period. After introductory lectures, participants will work in groups to discuss and develop “standards-based” instructional ideas and activities. A bibliography of related sources will be provided. The workshop will be conducted in German.


Link to materials for the March 27 workshop:  Please click

Fußball 1

Fußball 2

Fußball 3

Fußball 4


Fall 2009 Meeting and Workshop: Saturday, October 24, 2009

At the Historic Teutonia Männerchor on the North Side, aka Deutschtown

 Pittsburgh & the German Speaking World, featuring D’Lustigen Isartaler Dancers,

followed by an Oktoberfest Lunch at the Männerchor Hall.






Spring 2009 Workshop

Thanks to all of our member-presenters for a great spring workshop on Saturday, March 28 at Fox Chapel High School.  See you in the fall!


Our Fall 2008 Workshop, a German tour of Pittsburgh,

was a great success! 

See you in the spring!














Participants received a transcript in German

of the tour so that they could give this tour to their students some day.

















2008 Spring Immersion Workshop!

Märchen und Medien! 
Alles auf Deutsch!
Get Cool Materials for your classroom!
Speak German!
Get ACT 48 credits!
 Spring 2007 Workshop: German Cooking in the Classroom.  























Download all images here (2.7 MB)    


Fall 2006 Workshop: Media in the Classrom

Thanks to Susanne Nimmrichter of Millersville University
and Cynthia Chalupa of West Virginia University for their fall workshop! . See pictures from the Fall meeting!

Download Worksheets here!