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Classroom Rules in US High Schools You May Need To Know

Added on: 2017-06-29Share on :

High school class atmosphere in the US is far different from that in China. What US teachers expect and ask of students in class is totally different from Chinese teachers. For Chinese students who travel across the ocean to the US for study, they can definitely understand the radical difference we are talking about here. Because it is exactly the life that they're experiencing every day.

High school class atmosphere in the US is far different from that in China. What US teachers expect and ask of students in class is totally different from Chinese teachers. For Chinese students who travel across the ocean to the US for study, they can definitely understand the radical difference we are talking about here. Because it is exactly the life that they're experiencing every day. 

 

In US high school classes, you need to play by the rules: something has to be done and something is absolutely prohibited. We have some need-to-know classroom rules sorted out by our senior US education expert at BE Education. Rules that your US teachers would never tell you because they think it's common sense. 

 

 

 

 

Preparation before class

 

 

Follow the teacher's instructions and keep good manners in and out of class. Before going to class, check if you have all material ready (including notebook, pens, textbook, workbook, calculator, homework, etc.). Get to the classroom earlier. 

 

 

 

 

Eye Contact and Interaction

 

 

Giving eye contact is very important in US high school classes. When talking, make sure you have eye contact with the listener. Avoiding eye contact with other person may be considered being dishonest or impolite.

 

Taking notes is important, but so is actively participating in classroom discussions and expressing your opinions. Some may want to take a step back when they don't have any fresh thoughts. Well, in fact new thoughts or opinions won't be necessary. You're encouraged to speak out your opinions on what others have said, like whether you agree with them or not. So you may begin with “I agree with Tim's idea because……”

 

 

 

 

Ask questions positively

 

 

Raising questions in class can be an art and learning. US teachers really encourage students to ask questions. The problem is Chinese students tend to come up with nothing when they are asked to do so. The followings are a few types of examples that may be helpful in this case.

 

By comparison: Why is this like___ and not like_____?

Cause/effect: If____, then how does it ____?

Method: How does ____ work? Could you explain this more?

Association: Is this similar to _____?

Further thinking questions (no answers required from teachers)

What do you think will happen if _________?

In order for this to work, what processes should we follow?

Because of ____, do you think ____ will happen in the future?

This class reading reminds me of ____________________

 

 

 

What's more, finish your homework in class as much as you can. If you have any trouble doing your homework, don't hesitate to raise your hands to get help from your teacher. They would love to help you work this out. Last but not the least, use English for communication all the time when you are at school and try to get along with students from other countries. Be part of the wider community. 

 

 

 

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