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A Collection of Random Short Stories

A Collection of Random Short Stories

Tokyo Tour Guide About a month ago, the fourth grade class at one of my schools started a new unit called, “Our Town.”  The concept is to introduce their ward. The teachers modified and even created the following backstory: Sally’s Mother is coming to Tokyo and its up to us to tell her what sightseeing she should do in our ward. When the teacher told them my mother was coming, the students faces immediately lit up and they frantically asked…

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New Smiling Faces

New Smiling Faces

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been incredibly busy at work, working 5 days a week and 6 days the last two weeks. Sometimes my days are short since school finished early, but working with children is exhausting. Last night I went to bed at 18h30 and woke up at 6 this morning. Almost 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep and I still look like a hot mess today. However, in my chaotic schedule I found time to write…

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Typhoon Fever

Typhoon Fever

Last Thursday I shared how one of my schools let me join a dance class and learn Soran bushi. Well, the next day at my other school the first grade teacher invited me to join her class in the afternoon for game time. We met earlier that day for English class and I ate lunch with them. The kids were thrilled I got to spend so much time with them. During game time we got to practice our skills at…

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Soran Bushi Dance

Soran Bushi Dance

Yesterday at my favorite school I started the day with two planning periods. The vice principal suggested that I walk around the building instead of sitting at my desk for two hours. I asked her if there was a music, art, or PE class I could participate in. She happily informed me that the fifth and sixth graders were practicing dances during those periods and led the way. First period I watched the sixth graders practice a dance and acrobatics…

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Back to School

Back to School

Summer is finally winding down, the cicada singing is slowly disappearing, and schools are getting back into the swing of things. The Japanese school year starts in April and students enjoy a 5 or 6 week summer vacation. Yesterday was my first day back at my favorite school. I firmly believe that with every passing day, I love that school more and more. If I were a teacher I would try and get a permanent position at this school and…

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Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

Yesterday I taught two third year classes at a junior high school (equivalent to 9th graders). It was my first time seeing one of the classes so I gave them a brief self introduction. When I finished the class clown looked at me and said, “You’re cute.” All I could do was shake my head and give a sarcastic thanks. Hm, I just remembered that Japanese people don’t do well with sarcasm so he probably thought it was a genuine…

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Where do You Want to Go and Battle of the Sexes

Where do You Want to Go and Battle of the Sexes

Things at my second favorite school have been going much better this week. My company called the school and suggested incorporating new activities to their curriculum so teachers are a lot more open to games. I mean, I was tired of playing and interview game so I can only imagine the students.  My Tuesday class was with fifth graders. They have been using a new textbook geared towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics called, “Welcome to Tokyo.” Granted I don’t expect…

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Gokiburi Update 2 and Adorable Second Graders

Gokiburi Update 2 and Adorable Second Graders

I know it isn’t the most pleasing nor appetizing subject but I have to tell you that things in my apartment are much better! Since my landlord came with a fumigator one month ago I have encountered two live roaches and 2 dead roaches. It’s been over two weeks since I saw a live roach. I’m so happy the fumigating was successful and I continue to hope that the roaches are fewer and farther between. Í am also aware that…

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The Girl from Ipanema

The Girl from Ipanema

Today was my second day teaching at a middle school. The atmosphere is completely different than at elementary schools. In elementary school, English is viewed as activity and game time. Most teachers don’t even take the class seriously or care about it. The focus is for students to be exposed to the English language and spend time learning about another country (as well as be close to a foreigner). However, once Junior high hits, play time is over. English becomes…

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Settling into City Life as a Japanese ALT

Settling into City Life as a Japanese ALT

Greetings from Tokyo, Japan! I moved about 5 weeks ago and so it’s been quite an adventure. It took about 3 weeks to finally get my internet set up, hence the silence. However, now I’m all set up and you’ll hear from me more often! First, I must tell you about my first month in Tokyo. Arrival and Whirlwind Move First Few Days After an overnight layover in Los Angeles, I arrived to Tokyo on Thursday, March 16 completely exhausted….

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