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
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’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
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
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
“41 Hours in the Life…” of a senior high school ALT is what I would like to write about today – 41 hours being the average amount of time I spend at school in a week. My situation, like all other ALT’s, is unique in terms of schedule, schools, responsibilities at school, and so on.…… Continue reading 41 Hours in the Life…