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Brushing up the Bulletin Board

April 3, 2020 | Guides, Teaching | No Comments

Welcome to a new school year.

After a week filled with sad goodbyes and more omiyage than you can squeeze into the second drawer of your desk, you might be thinking about changing that English board that’s been covered in snow since last December. Well, wipe those eyes clean and grab some glue, because it’s time to get creative!

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ALT Fashion Guide

November 5, 2010 | Teaching | 1 Comment

ALTs in Japan come from a wide range of countries, have a wide range of personalities and do a wide range of jobs.  You may say that this leads to a fascinating group of people that can teach Japan so much and also learn a great deal from each other.  What is perhaps far more profound, interesting and relevant to society at large is that these factors lead to a hugely diverse fashion sense, even within the ALT workplace. (more…)

This is Halloween

September 29, 2010 | Teaching | No Comments

Halloween is upon us — that spooky mysterious holiday that the Japanese people know nearly nothing about.  The trees in Gunma will begin to change colours, and there is a cool crisp feeling in the air – a reminder that winter is drawing near and our towns will soon be covered in a blanket of snow. (more…)

Easy Peasy Games for Elementary

April 15, 2010 | Teaching | 1 Comment

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I was excited to be teaching at Junior High School when I arrived in Japan a year and a half ago, but more than a little anxious about Elementary School. It turned out that all my worst fears were true: I would get no supplies, no help, no plan and no ideas from the Elementary school teachers. Even worse, the students came into the desk-free English classroom without even so much as a pencil. (more…)