What brings you to BSB Shunyi?
My goal has always been to work abroad. But I already had China in mind. In addition, one of my former professors from my university forwarded me the job offer from BSB. I immediately took this chance and luckily I was accepted!
Please describe your role and responsibilities at BSB Shunyi.
As a teacher of the German Primary School 3rd class (GK3), it is my task to teach the children Mathematics, German, Computing and Nature science/general studies. Because of the diverse class situation and the varying learning requirements of the students, I try to arrange the lessons in a differentiated and creative way. In doing so, I always make sure to challenge the learners a little bit, but also to always keep them in good spirits. In addition, I teach Nature science/general studies in the 2nd class (GK2) as well, which gives me great pleasure personally!
What is special about the German Primary Curriculum at BSB? What subjects do you each in German and what subjects do the students learn in English?
The special thing about the German branch is that teachers work with the current curriculum from Germany. Additionally we use books that are also used in Austrian or German schools. This means that the children who come to our classes are taught almost “like at home". As already mentioned above, I teach Mathematics, German, Computing and Nature science/general studies in German language.
For other lessons such as English, Music and Physical Education that are taught in English, or optional Chinese lessons taught in Chinese, the German students go to another class and join other BSB students. Click German Primary Programme to read more about the German Primary Curriculum at BSB.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I appreciate the variety that this job brings. Every day is different and brings new challenges. I also find it always nice to talk with the children about certain topics or to play football with the boys at court. In addition, this profession offers good opportunities for career advancement. For the future, I plan to get a position as a school principal, in order to subsequently gain a foothold in the Austrian Directorate of Education.
Are you involved in any ASAs?
Yes, so far I've taken care of the “iMovie" event. Since I also like editing films in my spare time, I felt very comfortable in this role. My next afternoon supervision will be a “DJ workshop” for senior students. I have been a DJ for a long time and I am happy to pass on my knowledge to young people.Please tell us about other members of your family in Beijing and any interesting places you’ve visited in China?
This question is quickly answered: I am alone here in China, but through “networking" I have already been able to create a small network of contacts and acquaintances. I have already been to Shanghai (a great city) and the Great Wall of China. Unfortunately I don’t have time to see more yet.
Please tell us about your hobbies.
My hobbies are football, music and sports but I like to play video games as well. I used to play in a football team before. However, this is no longer possible due to two knee injuries. On the subject of music: I play the guitar and am a DJ. I also enjoy reading about topics such as “personality development", “business", “success", “finances" or “mindset".
I am extremely grateful and happy to have been given this opportunity to work at BSB here in China! I have never seen a school of this size before. The colleagues are very nice and our small team (German Primary School) works together in a goal-oriented and disciplined way. On top of that, Beijing is a dream city that offers almost unlimited opportunities to take care of “one's own business" away from work and to make important contacts for the future. This is really an opportunity that should not be missed!