This past week was my first time back in the classroom after a month of desk-warming thanks to exams, graduation, spring break, and the start of the new academic year with all its meetings, schedule planning, and more meetings. At first it was great to have a break from teaching, but soon I felt frustrated…… Continue reading Teaching Resources: Online Lesson Plans and Activity Ideas
My neighbours probably think I have officially gone round the bend. For the entire day I have belting out just one particular song. The reason? It’s all for the sake of my English Club girls. This Wednesday is the school festival and the English club is putting on a play, a version of Snow White…… Continue reading My Neighbours…
It’s that time of year again for the famous (will-this-ever-end?) ‘ALT self-introduction’ lesson at my three schools. The first time I did it was in September last year, and now with the start of the new school year, comes the second round of introducing myself and my culture to the students. I admit it is…… Continue reading JET Programme: Self-Introduction
Next week Friday marks the end of the school year. Which is a new thing for me because back in South Africa our school year ends in December. But here in Japan the new school year, which starts at the beginning of April, coincides with spring and the blossoming of the famous cherry trees. So,…… Continue reading “English is Very Happy!”
This past week I found myself, more often than not, doubting my teaching abilities and questioning whether the students actually enjoy themselves - or even care to learn anything - in my classes. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the second last class today. This class, with 2 boys and 17 girls (high school, grade… Continue reading Long and doubtful week, but satisfying ending
I did it! I made it through this week of first classes alive! I celebrated by sleeping in this morning until the late hour of 7 o’clock, all thanks to the ‘alarm clock’ of a dog singing the song of his people from across the street. Every day this past week I found myself exhausted,…… Continue reading Conquering the First Week of Classes!