I don't believe many of my students have their own e-mail addresses. Maybe we can exchange with our e-mails. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Quackers is all set to go. I will post him out tomorrow!
I am so excited and I didn't even tell my students yet. I am in training all day today, so that is why I will have to wait until tomorrow to get Quackers and his journal ready. He shall be in the mail by Wednesday. My students will make predictions in math class on how many days it will take Quackers to arrive in Australia, so can you please e-mail on the day that you receive him! I hope we can skype. If we cannot skype as a class, maybe just you and I can skype! Let me know!!! Have a super day!
That sounds great. The students will be so excited to hear that Quackers will be going to Australia. I will get him ready to be sent out on Wednesday. Hopefully he will get there by the end of November. Can I have your school address please? Do you have a skype account? Are you allowed to skype in the classroom? If so we could skype during class sometime if the time frame works out!
I believed you replied to my message last year to have my travelling duck Quackers to visit your school. Are you still interested? We would love him to go to Australia. Let us know please.
Glad to be of help :)
I guess we just take our system for granted, but I think in having the final two years of schooling so open to tailoring for individuals, that we have a great retention than if it were a prescribed set of subjects.
Good luck with the paper!
I have just finished my paper to which I owe you a huge thanks! I have enjoyed learning about how things are done in New South Wales. I must admit that I am envious of the courses which students are both required to take and may elect. I feel that one of the faults of the U.S. education system is that students are not introduced to other languages at an earlier age and encouraged to stick with it. Another is the way which we try to fit kids into predetermined courses. Based on what you have told me about your son, it sounds like the system allows students to be more than prepared to be both attend university and be contributing members of society. Thanks again. Anytime you need help with anything, feel free to contact me :) -Tricia
It's Tricia! I am putting the finishing touches on my paper, but wanted to make sure that I am explaining things correctly! It appears to me that 7-8 are transition years between primary and the upper levels of schooling. I noticed that there is a large selection of languages (Arabic, German, French, Japanese) Do students choose a language of their choice or are they exposed to all of them? After 9-10 it appears to me that students sit for a School Certificate in core courses: Mathematics, Science, Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Computing Skills. I am also assuming that at this level they are taking electives to prepare them for the 11-12 stage which appears to be individualized based on student interests and strengths. I noticed a wide spectrum of offerings such as Legal Studies. During this last stage, are students focusing solely on their area of focus or are there core academic classes that also must be pursued? I must say that it appears that the goal is for students to make personal growth and be directed into areas which appeal to them and in which they will find success. From your viewpoint, do you feel that this is accurate? Thanks! -Tricia
Thank you so much for your help! Your comments and links have pointed me in the right direction for my paper. I actually joined this Ning a while ago, but am just starting to explore it! I think it will be a great tool to make connections and collaborate with both teachers and classes in other countries. Thank you again!
I am new at this so I hope that I am posting this in the right spot! Thank you for offering to help! I was interested in things such as what does the curriculum look like at various levels/who makes the decisions in regards to curriculum, are students tracked according to ability level, what weight is placed on standardized testing as a measure of achievement and what amount of teacher autonomy there is. How's that for a list :) Any help would be greatly appreciated! -Tricia