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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Japanese Winter Gift!!



















Ayaka K just stopped by with her mother and gave me this GREAT!! Winter gift. I love love love steak!! So on the final day of the year I will be eating some serious grindz!! (Hawaiian slang for food).

2007 Blog pic of the year!





















This was taken in pitch black as 2 students made their way through the Haunted House. Thanks to Morgan Jones (he of the Ube Interac and Iwakuni White Snake Hash fame), Tim Edwards ( Tabuse public and private English teacher) and Eric ( Championship bowling coach out of the Hizumi Urban Jungle) this was the best day in my Schools short history.
The Haunted house will become legendary!! We pulled no punches! We did all we could to scare the living s__t out of these kids.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gift review!!









Some gifts are nice and some gifts are "Cool". This Alien Checker/ U.F.O warning system is one of those "Cool" gifts!!

I can't imagine how this would work? It will "auto-alarm" if an alien craft is in the vicinity and pressing a button will determine if the presser is an alien..or not.
Cool yes. Plausible no!
Do not confuse that with a lack of belief in life on other planets.

The Drake / Green Bank equation

The equation has, N = R* fp ne fl fi fc L


It is a mathematical certainty. Math does not lie unless it lives in a black hole.


The other 2 are:

A ghost alarm. (This could work) Based on a personal experience at the age of 13, I have no doubts about something existing outside this dimension. Something that measures a sudden change in____. Could fit on the chip. Does it? Who knows? But it has suddenly flashed red while I was banging away on the keyboard with the lights out. Creeepy!!

Lastly is an "Aura checker" It has alot of colors with an explanation sheet as to what your color means but I don't know anything about it beyond that.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

WTF is it?


















It's a gift from one of my students. It was a banner year by the way! The one in the picture is like a motorized bank where you put the money in the mouth and it starts to chomp on it. I thought it would freak the girls out since it kinda freaked me a bit. Nah, They loved it, which goes to show...you never know!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas !!!






Christmas Party!!





Once I shake off the joy (wine) I will post pics from what was an AWESOME party!!

Party Day!!!


















Unlike the 28lb Thanksgiving Turkey, I don't have to wake up at 3-4am (thank god) So this ham is getting warmed-up for the next 5 hours. I will post other pics during the day including party pics. I expect between 85-100 people to attend.

Diary/Notebook/Eiken


















This is a snapshot of Chinami's (she's 11) "stuff".

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dear Diary (J.H. Edition)
















A post break from the Christmas in Japan theme.
These kids are 2nd Year J.H. and they have come a long way in 2 months. Our conversation class is built around their writings. Ensuring 100% value to them.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas lights in Japan




















A few pics of the most recent "state of the lights". I decided to put the new Santa's indoors because my neighbor has them (and had them first) so I will avoid the appearance of "one-ups'manship". I will leave the School door open though so he can see them as he drives by. I think he or his daughter read the blog? If so...Your move!!
I'm playin' I'm playin!!!

Christmas in Japan






















I can buy anything and easily rationalize it by saying, "this will be great for the School!, the kids will love it!!" So, I bought another thing for the....kids....**cough**
It was on sale!! It's Christmas time!!

Meanwhile..
The party room is coming along right on schedule!?

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Still snowing!!



















After Checking diaries, conversation questions, and Eiken prep it was back to cutting. They are great in everything but their Eiken prep is not cutting it! I won't take "half stepping". I'm not a teacher who believes the experience itself is a lesson. No no no! Passing is the lesson that shows the value of commitment and good hard studying.
They said "we will do our best" I said "no....you will PASS"
The life lesson that is "You get back, what you put in" is in full effect and they are learning it now!

Saturday morning snowflakes.



















After finishing the core lesson it's back to the "snowflakeization" of the party room.
Christmas in Japan ( here googlebot...here you go boy!)
**cough**
This has probably been the best week ever for my School. "Knocks on wood" The kids are moving along at a fast pace as the best party of the year approaches.....life is good!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Paper Snowflakes




















I only coast 2 classes a year, one is making Jack O' Lanterns and the other is Snowflakes that will be part of the Christmas party decorations. As of today, this class has cleared phonics. The girl in red just turned 5 and she is WAY ahead of the game! Having a good "student leader" (Moe) for the class is invaluable and that can't be overstated! They are like a "proof of concept" that the other class members can strive for. Anyway.....am TOTALLY pleased with this group!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Reading? Check!



















After today's class, I realize
they could read anything I give them. Next is building up their personal vocabulary and then moving onto diaries by February.

Christmas Party prep.


















That is a 21 pound U.S. ham and a 13 pound Hokkaido ham.
I will get a turkey to balance it out. The Big one is getting smoked while the e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e Hokkaido one is going another route.
These plus one "Homemade" cake, pie, etc, from everyone attending and this party will have more sweets than your corner cake shop.

The party room needs LOTS of work, but that's nothing 2 days off can't fix!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The rich get richer!!

















This class was already my best. Could it get any better? Sure it could, If a 10 year old girl who just returned from a 3 year stint in America (she is fluent) decided to join the class. Thank you Mari Sensei for the recommendation!!!

This is MY Christmas present!!


P.S.
No! we are not cutting pumpkins in December!!
The pic is 2 months old.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Saturday (Morning Edition)

















My favorite day is back again! 4 of these students are doing excellent while 2 are doing just O.K. Those 2 have to step it up or they will be moved to another class or washed out completely. I hope that's not the case but the focus has to stay on the ones who are excelling.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Japanese style (Humble)













































Anyone who knows me knows, that I'm a poor sport. If I beat you at anything I can't just be happy with the win. I have to rub it into you, like sandpaper scraping an open wound. I will remind you of the time I pwned you at______ till you f__king die!!


Thin skinned people last maybe...2 seconds around me. So it's always a stunner when Japanese people shy away from boasting about their achievements?
Case in point:
3 of my first year J.H. students just passed the Eiken pre-2. I have not had any student fail an Eiken in 2 years. So when I say lets take a pic they get all gun shy?
WTF?
On any other day a pic is cool but if it resembles showing off it's a "no-go"

Some of my better points have not rubbed off on them? Give it time....give it time!


So Congrats to Asuka, Kei, Yuko, and Ayaka for steppin' ahead of their peers.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Top 10
















The last top 10 before the end of the year and Chinami is "on-fire". Her focus and quality of work is thru the roof compared with just a few months ago. Chikako has been getting serious with English too so she moves up as well.

About 8 months deep with the "top 10" and it's lookin' like a good thing all around.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Saturday pwns again!













The diaries are working great (the ones pictured are from the 10yr olds) and we made some Christmas cards to kiss-up to mommy a bit and get some stuff