Dani Katz

Teacher

847-838-7777

danielle.katz@chsd117.org

Notes
  • What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me

    I love teaching, and I love German! I am passionate about what I do, and this is key to igniting passion in my students. If I’m not excited about the wonderful German language and culture, how can I expect my students to be? In order to fuel this passion, it is also essential to help every student find what awakens their sense of curiosity and to give each of them the opportunity to make their own personal, meaningful connections to a world outside their own. Now more than ever, human beings need to develop compassion for and acceptance of others, no matter where they come from or what they believe in.

  • A Teachable Moment

    It's funny how a single experience can have such a major impact on one's life... When I was seven years old, I lived in Germany, and my German-speaking grandparents lived just across the border in Alsace, France. I was not that comfortable around them because I didn't know them well and couldn't speak German. At the end of one weekend visit, I was eager to get back home and happily handed my little suitcase to my dad to put in the car. He said to me: "Honey, I don't need your suitcase." I said: "What do you mean?" He replied: "Oh, you'll be spending the next six weeks here with your grandparents." I was absolutely mortified, standing there in the road as the car drove away, my older brother waving to me from the back seat. How would I survive?! The only two words my grandparents could say in English were: "popcorn" and "hamburger". I had to find a way to communicate... When my parents came to pick me up six weeks later, I was fluent in German!

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