Well not really… I am an English ALT, which is an Assistant Language Teacher. I’m not an actual teacher according to Japan. I’m hired by a company that “rents” me out to the Board of Education (BOE) in my city. That means that I’m not an employee of the BOE or of the school that … Continue reading A 3-Month Sabadical
The 3rd grade teacher at my school informed me a few weeks ago that there would be an English speech contest coming up in the Saitama area and that some students were interested in it. There were four students that wanted to enter but we could only send 2, so we had to narrow down … Continue reading Speech Contest
Since I started teaching here in December, I’ve mainly spoken about the good things I’ve experienced. It’s not that I don’t notice the bad, I just have chosen not to bring them up. Until now. On Thursday, I walked into one of my 3rd grade classes and learned that they were going to take a … Continue reading The Terrible Textbook
So it’s a week later, and I want to update you on my decision. I ended up deciding to teach the 1st graders twice a week. I believe that if I can be energetic and encouraging enough, they will go on to really enjoy English. As it turns out, these students have some good English … Continue reading A Big Decision – Part 2
I work as an Assistant Language Teacher at a school here in Japan. For the most part, I adore the job. Of course it has its frustrating parts, but that’s for a later post, 😉 The new school year just started last week, so that meant I had to decide my new schedule. But there … Continue reading A Big Decision – Part 1
It’s Saturday night, April 10th, 2015 and I’m sitting in my apartment, eating rice and chicken (yum). That isn’t out of the ordinary. However, the where may be a bit unique. You see, for the past 4+ months, I’ve lived in The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. Wow, and what a couple of months … Continue reading What’s It All About?