Teaching Chinese in K-12 Schools in the U.S.

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ANALYSIS:
Bridget老师观察到中国和美国教育系统对于学生的要求和期待有文化上的差异,因此当学生对老师表现出不服从或有其他行为问题的时候,部分中国老师可能感到被冒犯和沮丧。但作为一名熟悉美国教育系统的美国老师,Bridget认为如果中国老师可以理解这一点,对于师生关系和课堂管理都有帮助。
LEVELS:
Grades 9-12
TYPE OF SCHOOL:
Public school

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"I know a lot of Chinese teachers who are native speakers. They did the training in China. They work so well in American schools. Their students love them. (...) But I think the American school system is just so different from the Chinese school system, and people who taught before in China, I just noticed over and over again, they often… they just have problems with relationships or behavior problems. (...) I think students in China are just trained from such an early age to just be quiet in class, and not talk to your neighbor and focus. And that’s fine because that’s how they grew up. But in America, they are not trained like that starting from elementary school. They are trained to play games, talk to their neighbors and do these kinds of activities. So you have to do those things. Of course in an AP class, it’s more focused than this stuff, or with heritage speakers. I have observed classes in other schools. They have heritage speakers in the class. I mean it’s very quiet. It’s very focused because those students are trained more like that. Those are just basic classroom management, but teachers really take it personally when the students have behavior problems. They feel so offended. (...) They get so upset. I think the biggest thing I took away from my classroom management classes was they are just doing that because that’s what just teenagers do. It has nothing to do with me, and they are not disobeying me. They are just being teenagers, so if you can work with that… " (Bridget, Interview)
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