1. Don’t expect to be coddled or cuddled.
French teachers have one goal in mind at the beginning of the year: to teach their students a fixed curriculum that is pre-established and approved by the administration. There is little fluff in the French curriculum that is not purely academic. Especially at a younger level, children are not consistently praised for their efforts or small successes in order to build confidence. I’ve come to ignore the lack of stickers, stars, and “great job” marked in the kids’ notebooks. In France, the style of teaching and learning emphasizes academic excellence, discipline, and diligence.