As mentioned before, the differences between school in the United States and those in Japan are vast. A recent difference I have been noticing is how Japanese education deals with substitute teachers.
Instead of having a network of people anxiously waiting for a phone call in the morning informing them they can work that day, they have built in substitute teachers. These teachers do lots of organizing, scheduling and other work for the school. Substitute teaching is simply something they do should the need arise-which it occasionally does-but not often.
Another major difference is that the teachers all share one gigantic office. They each have their own desk. There is always a head row of desks where the principal, vice-principal and other head teachers sit.
One great thing about this set up is that it makes communication between the teachers very open. And putting together meetings is a cinch.
All the important information and scheduling is put up in the teachers room as well. It is an extremely efficient system.
Since I was homeschooled K-12, I am interested in comparisons and thoughts from people who fully experienced public school in the U.S. and are now teaching or have taught in Japan.
What do you think?