2011級高二劉亦珩同學訪美歸來

在美國上學

2011級高一(3)班 劉亦珩

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年幼時,我就好奇美國學校與中國學校的不同之處。去年8月中旬,作為云大附中第13位赴美交流學生,我從昆明飛往美國阿拉斯加州Sitka市,在Mt. Edgecumbe高中開始了我在美國為期一學年的國外留學生活。

今年5月中旬,我回到昆明。直到今天,那份開始全新學習生活的激動心情仍舊記憶如新。在美國學校的第一天,我們并沒有直接開始上課。老師把我們分成不同小組,進行學校介紹。這所名叫Mt. Edgecombe的高中,坐落在一個美麗的小島,是一所寄宿制學校,學生來自阿拉斯加州各地,一學期都在學校學習生活。接著,我確定了我第一學期的課程——英語II、陶藝、戲劇,以及環太平洋地理。第二學期課程——閱讀、化學、文學及三角函數。

在美國學習的這段時間,我發現了中美學校的不同。

第一點是學習。美國課堂非常的生動、活躍。無論你選修什么課,你都能看到每一個學生都融入課堂當中,積極討論交流每一個問題。并且他們非常注重團體合作。比如說,我們的化學課有著非常多的化學實驗,我們通常是以小組的形式來完成。我最喜歡的就是把玻璃用火燒制成正方形甚至是圓形。三個同學一組,一個負責控制火焰大小,一個負責燒制,一個負責隨時測量,這才把一個實驗完成。我很享受團隊合作這樣的學習方式。美國高中的學習并沒有我想象當中的那樣輕松。與中國最大不同的是:在美國,學期總成績中,期末成績僅占20%,換言之,平時的學習表現占到了80%。這樣一來,每一天,每一次家庭作業,每一次測驗,你都要竭盡所能做到最好。但是這樣的教育方式確實能讓我們注重平時的努力和積累,記住更多的知識。有趣的是,美國學校的期末測試也是花樣百出。比如我選上的戲劇課,期末測驗是每人選取一個戲劇題材,經過充分準備后在學校演出。而閱讀課,我們則是以小組為單位進行生僻單詞的競賽,最后到咖啡店里交流本學期我們最喜愛的一本書。

第二點是學校生活。大概因為教育體制的不同,美國高中生們的學校生活更為豐富。每天放學后,我們一般會有劃皮劃艇,摘藍莓,或是制作意大利面曲奇等活動。同時你還可以選擇參加不同的社團或是加入學校的排球隊、籃球隊,到全州各地和其它州去參加比賽。每個周末是我喜愛的時光。我的舍友們會制作關于我們宿舍生活的短片放到視屏網站上。到了午后,我們會去教堂參加活動。有時制作美味的點心,有時則是學習不同州的舞蹈。美國學生們非常喜歡舞蹈派對,但是最受歡迎的還是舞會。在那一天,學校會請專業的造型師來到學校,幫我們挑選衣服,化妝等等。我還在Sitka與當地人家度過了我第一次真正的美國圣誕節。第二天,我們還出海與鯨魚嬉戲呢。

第三點是人生價值,這是令我感觸頗深的一點。幾乎每一個美國學生都認為自己非常特別,非常棒,不會妄自菲薄。這是令人值得學習的地方。因為不論你做任何事,你都要明白自己的價值所在,你的目標所在,相信自己,這樣才能完成你的所想。

在美國學習的一年,令我受益無窮,我非常慶幸自己能有這么一個機會到異國他鄉,體驗不同的教育、文化和生活方式。我會將這段珍貴的記憶永遠藏在內心,它將激勵我更加勇敢地向前走。

 

My School Days in the USA

2011級高一(3)班 劉亦珩

When I was young, I wonder what is the difference between Chinese and American schools. Last summer, as the 13th exchange student from YunnanUniversitySecondary School to out sister school in the USA, I flew from Kunming to Sitka, Alaska, the USA and began my school year there.

Even now, I can remember how exciting I was to start a new life in another country. On the first day in Mt.EdgecumbeHigh School, we did’t just begin class. Teachers put students in different groups and made them introduce their middle schools. The school that I visited is located in a beautiful place. After introducing ourselves, I selected classes of my first semester — English II, Ceramics, Drammar & Debate, Pac-Rim,. And second semester — contact reading, chemistry, Lit & comp and Trigonometry.

After studying there for eight months, I have discovered three major differences between American and Chinese schools.

First, it’s studies. Classes in America are very exciting and interesting. Whatever subjects you take, you can see every student who attends that class is keenly interested in every question. And they think group work is of great importantce. For example, The chemistry class has so many experiments in which we always work as a group. My favorite one is to use fire to make glass into a square or even a circle. We have three teammates in total. One controls the fire, one makes a square, and the other one will measure the square. In this way, we finally got it done. Studying in America is not as easy as I thought. The most unexpected for me is the American final exam. The final exam only accounts for 20%, which means 80% of my final score comes from my everyday work. So you should try your best to do good job every day in every homework assignment. In this way, we benefit a lot more from our routine studies. The American school also has many different forms of final exams. For example, in the Drammar & Debate class, we prepared a perfume type and then showed it in the school. I chose Humorous Interp. Performing Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. And for contact reading class, we have competitions as a group for new words, and then we went to the coffee shop to talk about our favorite book in this semester.

Second, it’s the school life. Because of the different education conception, compared with their Chinese counterparts, American high school students have more activities. For example, after school, we usually have kayaking, berry trips, making spaghetti and cookies etc. And you can choose to join in different clubs or school volleyball and basketball team. Every weekend is my favorite time. My roommates will make a video about our room and then put on YouTube. Then in the afternoon, people working in church will pick us up, and we will make delicious food or learning different states’ dances. American schools have so many dance parties but most popular is prom. On that day the school will invite professional stylists to come to school to help us pick out dresses, do making up and so on. Over this Christmas, I spent my first snowing Christmas with a native American family. And the next day, we went to sea, playing with whales.

Third, it’s people’s values. This point gives me very powerful feelings. In American schools, almost every student thinks he or she is special. That is awesome. I think that thinking is very great and powerful, because whatever you do, if you trust yourself, you know your own value, and you know what you want, you will try you best to achieve it.

For me, the school year in the American school is very valuable. I’m very glad I have had this chance. I will cherish these fond memories deep in my heart.

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