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Thursday, February 28, 2008

What's the 411?

The 411 is my schedule is about to get tossed like salad! In Japan this is when plans for the coming year are made. Almost ALL of my Elementary and J.H. classes are going to be switched-up and some students will not be able to adjust so they will be gonzos! This is the sad reality of being the only teacher in a School. You can only teach one class at a time, and sometimes that's not enough. I will get new students and new classes so when the smoke clears I will be on the + side of things.


The girls are looking at a new toy I got from japanet!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saved by Saturday!!

I told them to read with more passion and emotion and well....they got a kick out of that and laughed up a storm!! Great kids! I was having a VERY bad day but this class made me feel SO MUCH better!!

These 3rd and 4th grade girls just did their template for their new diaries!! I think they were very excited to get started on this. After doing the first one in class, they are now on their own!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mama's Boys

After teaching kids for 4 years ( I have about 60 in my school right now), I have come to some conclusions/solid observations. Boys are more sensitive than girls of the same age and it is because of their mothers for the most part. I would not have wanted to study Japanese when I was young. I wanted to ride my dirt bike in the woods or play baseball or just hang out. As a boy I can relate to that, but I'm talking about the effects of an overprotective mother.

I have students with brothers and sisters in other classes, and the mothers always want to talk about their sons while practically ignoring the daughter.

I have had students cry in my classroom after getting told to get with it, or go home, and the girls always come back the next week better than before while the boys tend to start slipping into an emotional cave? The mothers seem to be their facilitators and they tend to make excuses for their sons. "he is sick" or "he is shy" or something else other than the truth which is they are spoiled.

A lot of my adult students are parents and they do a lot of complaining about the attitude and behavior of kids nowadays. Perhaps if some of them looked in the mirror they might see the problem.

Just an observation FWIW!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Valentine Booty

The total haul was around 50 items with names like Tommy Hilfiger (my favorite) and BVLGARI leading the list. Lots of kids made their own chocolate and I appreciate everyones kindness :) I will be returning the favor next month on the 14th!!!

The prize for "coolest gift" goes to Natsumi for her very realistic chocolate tool kit. It is made by a very famous sweets company in Kobe. Thanks Natsumi 143!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Blown Away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I got totally blown away by my 4pm little girls class!! They left me speechless? The youngest girl (Yu) who just turned 6 is the best of them all. They really want to do diaries so I said "You can't do that till you can read". Well.....BAM!!! They can read? Not just read.....I mean READ!!

One of them is 8 and she has an 11 year old brother. (Siblings are VERY competitive....apparently?) because last week I said, "your brother is doing this already , so c'mon...let's go already! Well, a week later and she is reading about as good as him. I guess I found her "button". I will only push when necessary ...**cough**.

This is the second class in 2 days that has jumped a level like it wasn't there. I had a couple kids come in yesterday and start chatting it up with me like they have been speaking for years? For sure, the best 2 days this school has ever had! No doubt!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentines = Happy!!

I get a lot of chocolate from students but I will show this one! One of my Elementary students named Chiharu tries harder than anyone in my school. She has 2 classes with me at 2 different levels which means, she keeps 2 different diaries!! Chiharu is great!!! She is fun to teach and I'm lucky to have students like her!!

Thanks for the chocolate!!!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

10,000 Blog Hits!!!!!!!!!!!

I was told that 10,000 visits gets a cookie!

****waits for cookie....!...?****

Editors note: Most blogs get 10,000 hits in a week. I still want my cookie!!

The actual 10,000 hit was a navbar hit from INDIA...?....? Yay!

Saturday, February 9, 2008


These kids are so awesome, I have to re-do their lesson because it is too easy for them. They blow my mind....then I remember I'm their teacher and it all makes sense again:)

Friday, February 8, 2008

They have come sooo far!!!

One of the major benefits of having your own School or working at the same School for a long time is the fact that you get to watch the development of the students English skills. One year ago we were sounding out the phonics and now we are reading and using dictionaries! I have to remember this feeling the next time a new group wears me thin :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Dear Diary (Wed. Edition) v3

Chiharu, (Top) has gotten much better than just 2 weeks ago! And Asuka and Kei are awesome for 13 years old!! (More Diaries can be found on the "Diary Blog")

Top 10 Students February 2008

Most of the parents and kids now, head straight for this list at the beginning of every month. I will start creating a quarterly "report card system" that should be ready by the spring.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Eiken Step...Up

The 8 and 9 year old girls are reading and speaking great!! Diaries and Eikens are not far away!!

The Eiken 5 was so easy that they will go after the next test as soon as it is available. May? June? I guess I should check. They are on a track to go all the way to Eiken 1. I believe that 4 and 3 are givens within a year if they focus.

A few diaries from today. (More diaries can be viewed on the diary blog, located in my right sidebar).

Friday, February 1, 2008

Dear Diary 8pm Edition!

Instead of going crazy with a red pen and thoroughly depressing them. I pick my battles one at a time. Once they get past that problem I move to the next. So far doing it that way is paying off. These kids are doing great!!