School

1 I am aware that in most Spanish-speaking countries, teachers are typically addressed as maestro, profesor, or doctor with their last name.
2 I am aware that most classrooms expect teachers/students to provide their own supplies, technology and curricular materials in Spanish-speaking countries, without receiving supplies/textbooks from the school  (This is slowly changing, though it varies widely by country).
3 I am aware that classrooms are often less decorated than in US culture.
4 I am aware that most classes are large (35+) and do not involve assistants, homeroom or library time.
5 I am aware that the typical high school program requires classes in: (SPAIN: Lengua y Literatura Castellana, Lengua Extranjera (Inglés), Educación Plástica y Visual, Ciencias Sociales, Ciencias de la Naturaleza, Biología y Geología, Física y Química, Matemáticas, Educación Física, Tecnología, Religión, Música.  [Electives: Francés, Cultura Clásica, Cambio Social y de Género, Refuerzo de Matemáticas, Refuerzo de Lengua,Teatro])  (LATIN AMERICA: Lenguaje y Literatura, Matemática, Física, Química, Historia, Filosofía, Psicología, Geografía, Ciencias Naturales, Estudios Sociales, Educación Cívica, Educación Física e Higiene, Religión o moral, Educación Musical, Artes Plásticas, Idioma Inglés, Idioma Francés, Especialización Ocupacional)
6 I am aware that students typically have a weekly rather than daily schedule, with fifteen or more classes.
7 I am aware that foreign languages are an obligatory part of the curriculum, especially English, and bilingual education is both highly valued and growing.
8 I am aware that in Latin America assignment expectations are less explicit and rubrics are less common.
9 I am aware that making students read aloud is not a common practice in the classroom.
10 I am aware that dictation is sometimes used for students to create a copy of information from the text.
11 I am aware that the concept of extra credit is non-existent.
12 I am aware that the grading system reflects a more symmetrical placement of students along the scale, rather than giving most students artificially high grades.
13 I am aware that in junior high and high school, students typically stay in the same classroom while the teachers travel to different classrooms.
14 I am aware that while most students attend public schools, families who are economically able often send their kids to private schools.
15 I am aware that students generally do not have lunch at school. They do have snacks.
16 I am aware that most schools (specially private) have students from all over the city, not only from the neighborhood they reside.
17 I am aware that students do not have elective classes.
18 I am aware that in many public schools, students wear a coat (lab coat) (mandil/bata).
19 I am aware that many schools host a morning session and an afternoon session with different groups of students and staff in the same building.
20 I am aware that is common to wear school uniforms (nearly all in Latin America, mostly in private schools in Spain).

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