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    home educated for 24 years...journey over
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  1. What's the name of the book? If its in the library here, maybe I could take pics of the first few pages so you could start reading awhile.
  2. There is the modern time period in the Swiss matu list. I do not know if this interests you, but some of the French publishing houses have 'romans historiques' - which fit into different time periods and would work well with WTM... The problem is that I can't remember the Editor I had in mind. A quick search produced this list https://www.babelio.com/liste/5485/Roman-historique-pour-la-jeunesse But you could probably find others...
  3. ah, Les cinq cents millions de la Begum et Les tribulations d'un chinois en Chine :-(
  4. At 13, can't he read Jules Verne? There are some very interesting ones...Trying to remember the names as ours are packed away.... well, the ones I proposed seem a little dark so I've edited them. Sorry, I'm drawing blanks otherwise as now that they're not visible on shelves, I tend to forget and the young are not here to help.
  5. I forget how old your student is... There's always the Swiss end of high school exam literature list to look through...(French, German, English, etc) On this page https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/fr/home/bildung/maturite/examen-suisse-de-maturite/examen-suisse-de-maturite.html Scroll down to the link Listes des œuvres littéraires, valables dès 2015 (PDF, 447 kB, 15.12.2014)
  6. This happened after the Weinburg affairs came to light and there are the ensuing attempts at changes. My comments might be outdated as here's another article about use in schools that came along since I was studying about it. But just for anyone who doesn't know, écriture inclusive isn't exactly the same as the féminisation de métiers for example. http://www.sudouest.fr/2017/10/12/qu-est-ce-que-l-ecriture-inclusive-et-pourquoi-pose-t-elle-probleme-3856018-4699.php A pro article http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2017/01/19/les-trois-regles-a-suivre-pour-reussir-votre-premiere-di
  7. I agree this would definitely be best and in addition the most simple as well as probably correct in your country looseje. But even in France, I don't think the school system is obliged to follow the Academie. Hatier produced the first school manuel with 'écriture inclusive'. And where I am, the local university doesn't even accept the 1990 spelling changes that the Academy put out though they are accepted in the public school system obligatory level. As far as I know, those spelling changes are optional even in France. I agree with Monica too, that it's important to stick to one met
  8. Interesting...I see it's by an American publisher too. The cover looks just like many of the student language books here. Both yours sound motivated. Thanks!
  9. Your child sounds very motivated and it is impressive for the US. I'm guessing that the way the language was taught also had an influence as there are very different ways and the methods they use here in Europe tend to get the kids speaking very quickly and well so it can be done. A good teacher helps as well but if his was not as fluent, perhaps it was the program and personal interest ? Would you be able to find out the name of the book or the program that they used? It's hard to find language programs in the US that really work well. Thanks,
  10. Did you end up teaching Calculus this year? I don't know how much you paid for you book but I found lots of syllabi for Larson's 8th ed Calculus and as you say, it's very important to have some guidance about which problems to do....They do a small percentage of them! If you haven't taught yet, you should know that they'll change the exam in 2016-17 so then you can't use the older syllabi...
  11. Thanks for your answers.... about this part I completely remember this same feeling when dc were younger and I was being faced with the local tests - I was balking the whole way. There's something about how that test prep for a test you don't agree with, just saps the energy and joy from the process. But now I'm in full agreement with the tests so even though there's effort, it doesn't feel at all like when they were younger. I don't think I'd enjoy it either if every subject was for a specific test....We have great fun going on rabbit trails in literature and following intere
  12. Hmmm...first - I'm glad to hear that you are so active as a professor :-) a. Second - I'm wondering more about the phrase "teaching to the test".... Of course there's the obvious 'faux pas' of having a test in hand and preparing practice questions that are the same or only minorly different. But then there is having a certain body of knowledge that is supposed to be taught, teaching towards that body of knowledge, and then testing accordingly. So then of course if you never got around to teaching "x" you wouldn't test "x". But if your course description says you'll teach "x" and yo
  13. A. SM3 (swimmermom3)'s dc and mine had a class with the same instructor - which was really excellent. When she wrote about the "process" - I immediately thought of this course which was more than anything I could have concocted from a book with worksheets pulled from the internet. Of course all AP courses are not equal nor are the subjects able to be handled in the same way... B. But of course there are school ratings and people compare teachers and programs. Agreeing there is not a standardized test, but school districts, Dept of Education, etc around the world put themselves in knots abo
  14. That's really important to know! Is it possible to go back to the UK to take the GCSE's instead of doing the IGCSE's or are they linked to a school? And I didn't know the language level was so low. No wonder UK universities look favorably on the SAT II's...
  15. If your student(s) likes challenges, I would opt for both and as many as possible in areas where the student doesn't have a personal project approach or trajectory not measurable with these exams. My (and ds3's) only regret is not realizing earlier for ds3 what benefits he could get from the AP exams. They grow up so fast that when they're in 8th grade, we can't really imagine what they'll be capable of doing even just 2 years later. And then if they like rising to challenges, the AP's give a framework. To summarize and break down possible reasons for taking either test as well as othe
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