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Schooling in the USA

Discussion in 'Personal' started by shuckle, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. shuckle

    shuckle New commenter

    Wondered if anyone can give some advice. My Husband has been offered a job in the States for 2 years and am worrying about my two children going over then coming back. My eldest is due to start Year 7 in Sept and will go into Grade 6. The youngest will be going into Grade 4.
    Not so worried about her as I work as a TA in year 6 and have an idea about what level she should be at when we return. I have been looking on the internet for some sort of curricumlum website for Grade 6 but have lucked out. Any ideas? We will be in NJ.
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

  3. How very exciting! How did he wangle that one then? I would love to go over for a couple of years. I only know from chatting to my cousins when I have been over there. I was teaching yr5 at the time and I think my cousin was yr5 or yr6. The main differences were- the maths was far more interesting- based more on real world situations- and the whole show-and-tell/ debating culture made the kids more articulate and confident. Not sure about the swearing alligance to the flag part of the day though.
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I have visited some elementary schools in Chicago. I would assmue they are typical for most of the US. They seem to be a cross between our primaries and secondaries for their older kids in that they have a main teacher responsible for most of their lessons but also get specialists for some subjects. The schools i vcisited had a very strong leadership ethos and the older kids (years 8 and 9 to us, 7th and 8th grade for them) virtually ran the school with help from the teachers.

    You may find the schools a bit more traditional (a bit like we were 40 years ago) where the kids are expected to sit and learn for long periods.
  5. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I really would recommend that atoz tachers site. You can ask the teachers on there specific questions and someone will answer. They are a friendly bunch although they seem to have a very different attitude to us on here.
  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Hi Shuckle, saw your post on atoz. There is already one reply from a NJ teacher
  7. shuckle

    shuckle New commenter

    Thanks for replies ..very helpful!!

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