I've taught in a public and a private school and they were certainly different. I teach in Australia though which has a wealthy private system and an impoverished public one; from what I understand the American system is more complex.
The major difference I found was that in the public system the difficulty was abusive children and aggressive parents and in the private system it's death-by-meetings and passive-aggressive parents. If your focus is management of students then the public system is best; if (like me) your focus is excellence in curriculum then the private system is best.
I was hesitant about making the change but never looked back once I had. I hope you make the right decision.
In the meantime please come along to http://groups.diigo.com/groups/history-teachers and share and steal ideas about how to teach history better. See you there!
My name’s David and I’m a history teacher in Queensland, Australia. I use a lot of podcasting and online tools with my classes and am always looking for new ideas.
I host a group on diigo (it’s similar to delicious and very popular with teachers) for history teachers to share links, ideas and resources. It’s at http://groups.diigo.com/groups/history-teachers.
Please come along and join and share any sources or resources you use with the rest of us. See you there.
Ancient & Modern History Teacher
Sheldon College, Capalaba.
Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from SC
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!