I realise it has been a while since I posted, but as you can imagine things have been a bit hectic here with packing up, getting my apartment ready for my successor, closing accounts, attending three school farewell parties, preparing farewell speeches… Speaking of farewell speeches, mine fortunately went off without a hitch this morning…… Continue reading Last Day, Sightseeing, Returning Home, and 2017 JET Applications
Around this time of year many schools have their cultural festival (文化祭, bunkasai). Attending a bunkasai is so much fun, and this past Saturday I attended my one island school’s festival. It was a lot of fun and the English Club girls had done a ‘profile’ poster of me which they had displayed in one…… Continue reading Bunkasai Time!
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
This week I have been finishing up all my classes and saying my goodbyes to my current students as tomorrow marks the end of the school year. Interestingly all three schools had something happening that I thought I would share here: Last of the Island School English Club Meeting Today at my island school I…… Continue reading Last Week of the School Year
It has been a busy 2 weeks recently. Last week I ended up doing 19 Christmas-themed lessons, and today I am writing to you from my home in South Africa. Yip, I flew south for the winter vacation and am now enjoying my holiday in the summer sun with my family. 🙂 So Christmas is…… Continue reading Merry Christmas!
It’s that time of the year again for the annual ‘Department Store’ at my one high school. Just like last year’s one, the students (and teachers) start preparing for this 2-day weekend event a few months in advance. To briefly explain: students contact companies and businesses in the surrounding area asking if they can take…… Continue reading High School ‘Department Store’ 2015
I had a nice surprise at my island school today. The English club girls did a mini (surprise) Halloween party at lunchtime. Fortunately I had sweets to hand out thanks to a previous Halloween lesson. Such sweet girls. 🙂 Next week is our last lunchtime meeting as they need to invest all their time into concentrating…… Continue reading Halloween Munchies!
This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the sports days of two of my schools. Both were incredibly exciting and a lot of fun to watch. Though, compared to my high school sports day, back in the good ol’ days, Japanese high school sports days can turn out to be just…… Continue reading Sports Day!
Working on a Saturday is not too bad really, especially when you are not required to put any effort into it. 😉 Well, that was today’s experience. It was ‘open day’ at my school and junior high students were coming to visit to see what the school offered in terms of subjects. I wasn’t scheduled…… Continue reading Working on a Saturday
I’m back! Miss me? 😀 So, after a wonderful two weeks back home with my family, I am now ready to tackle another year in Japan. Fortunately, the weather has started to change for the better. In other words, it’s getting colder and autumn is on its way! The leaves are starting to change colour,…… Continue reading “Vegetables made from hate…”