åttonde klass: thoughts on attending eighth grade
So far, eighth grade has been very different than seventh grade, and better. I had to switch to eighth grade because I couldn't go to eighth grade math and remain in seventh grade overall. That suited me, because I thought that the seventh grade was very easy, and so moving to eighth grade seemed like a good idea. Most of my teachers are the same, so it was not very different, except that I was suddenly learning about very different topics in all of my classes.
I think that I will be able to do fine in eighth grade for most of my classes, but one that I might have a bit of trouble with is Swedish, because everyone else seems to practically know it already, and so I have to write everything down, and hope that there are not to many surprise tests.
The eighth grade at Futuraskolan is very different than State College. The school is more laid back, and more independent. That doesn't mean that it is a lot easier, because it would be a lot harder if you didn't study a lot and do homework, but on the other hand, you have fewer assignments, making it about the same amount of hardness.
School is different in other ways. For example, eighth grade and ninth grade are allowed to leave during lunch hour, and you can do anything. [Editor's note: so far, it seems it is to go out and play street hockey. To go out to eat, you need a way for electronic payment, which is proving challenging for us all. More on that later].
School also has a very different way of teaching. It's hard to describe, but there is a lot more explaining why what they are teaching is useful, and a lot of reading articles during class, and using iPads to do things online. The internet is used a lot more than it was in my old school, and there isn't a class where you don't have to use your iPad. The classes also emphasis language, art, and music a lot more than they did at my old school, especially language, which makes sense, given that it is a international school. The one thing that I am surprised about is the lack of people taking Swedish. I think that there are twice as many people in Spanish then Swedish, when at least half of my school doesn't speak Swedish. So far, I am excited about the rest of school.