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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Silver Week "Omiyage"


Today one of my students gave me a souvenir (Omiyage) from her "Silver Week" trip. I LOVE meat so I was very happy to get some sausages!! I'm looking forward to eating these soon!!

Thank You !!!!


Update..

Got some more stuff from my students !!
Thank you!!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sports Festival in Japan




If I didn't have my own School, I might be watching some of my students having fun..? at their Sports Festivals. I have other classes so I'll have to stick close to home today :)I am not going to miss sitting under a unseasonably hot September day though :)


P.S.
Minami is reading "Tommy goes to Hawaii" from the "Tommy reading series"
She has no problems so she will start reading stories from the Mainich Daily soon :)

Smart Student = Happy teachercelebrate

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Halloween Masks in Japan




These are the most recent Halloween masks over the past 4 years. I think this years will be the scariest of them all.

Links to all posts containing Halloween related stuff can be found here

http://chris-ballard.blogspot.com/search/label/Halloween

Friday, September 18, 2009

Being #1 (A Japanese High School girl)



The GTEC test in Japan



My student got #1 in her grade....again!! Her grammar could be better but I focus mostly on conversation and she excels at that so her getting #1 overall is just more proof of how great she is. I tell her she's great and being #1 at that thing (English) helps to support my words of confidence. I push my students very very hard and many of them have shed tears in this classroom but I do it because I want them to maximize their potential.
I want greatness not mediocrity. I don't tell my students to "do their best" because those are Mother's words. I tell them to BE the best!! I don't want anyone in this school "half stepping". If they can't handle the pressure they should find another school that is more concerned with giving smiles and collecting their money. I don't teach for money. I teach because it is my natural gift and I do it better than anyone.

Every time a student brings me a paper like this it just reminds me of that. I am blessed to have the chance to influence kids to be their best. She was very proud to show me the paper because she knows it's what I expect. She met my expectations. I told her she's the best (in a good school) and she is the best. English will open doors for her someday. English speaking friends, a job in America or working for a company in Japan that needs people who can speak English well. (That is going to be more important in the future). Her life will be better and more fulfilled because of all the hard work she does NOW. I respect her effort and I'm proud to be her teacher.

I'm a teacher.
I motivate and inspire others.
That's my job.
That's what I do.








She got the $200.00 "School Money" pencil case. She only had $160 but that + the #1 got her the.....Lion. She finally decided on the Lion :)
The other girl pictured is also #1 in her grade though she's 3 grades lower. (1st year H.S. - 1st year J.H. )That she studies and can join Ayaka and Hana is a testament to how great she is and will become. The absent student is in 6th grade Elementary and because she lived abroad for a while she is able to join and excel in this class too!!




No problem Chinami! You just started Junior High School. By the time you reach High School you will be writing novels in English


peace

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Japanese adult opinion...n' kids stuff :)



One of my adult student's opinions on an article from the Mainichi Shimbun. Always an interesting read!




Her grandmother gave me flower...i don't know why? Thank you very much grandma!!!!




Most Schhols in Japan have done or are preparing for "Undokai"(?) or "Bunkasai"(?)

My young elementary school girls wanted to show off their dance skills. I don't know if they are great or not but they definitely look like they're having fun!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"A" Level English paper at Japanese High School






In Japanese High Schools they sometimes make A,B,and C level classes based on a students test scores which I think is great!! It's better than some schools that just lump together all the students and let it ride. The latter is a good recipe for a really crap class where the motivated students are left bored and the uninterested are left....bored too.

I was happy to see the high level of expectation this 2nd year High school student has on her. The terms are overly dramatic and really stretch out simple points to the extreme using language that seems dated and impractical but.....she definitely has to try and focus to correctly translate it so I'm happy that she is being challenged :)

I don't know if she's so happy though ;)

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Great English Class..





I KNEW this group would be special!! There was a little doubt for the student who was stepping up a level but she is shining like a star just like I said she would. If you make someone believe in themselves you can push them to greater heights than they imagine for themselves. It's one of the BEST things about being a teacher.

I Love my job!!!

Teaching Kids. The All Natural "Red Bull" ;)




I did a short lesson at a local Kindergarten and had a blast. I wanted to take my lens and pop a couple of pics but I thought that might not be copacetic? Anyway someone from the local city hall came and snapped about a 100 pics for the city or the School? Anyway I got a pic of the nice thank you card they gave me.

Good fun messin' with the kids. Kinda refreshingkenyit

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Epic Miss + Smart girls :)


The reading and writing is amazing for these young girls. The English she uses in her diary is better than some of my adults and she's a 4th grader!! She really blows my mind and she will be next months #1. Her diary was too simple before so I told her to level-up and she listened. The content is short and a childs life but the form is way developed so I'm totally pleased!!







A Kind student gave me these "English muffin Pizza's"

Thank You!!




I tried making Candy apples today and it was an epic fail!! I learned 3 good lessons that will guarantee the next attempt is a win!!!



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Japanese Kindergarten prep



I usually don't teach kids under 5 but due to a combination of things, I will make an exception to my rule :)

#1 It's a 5 minute walk from my School
#2 My Mother was a devout Christian (I am still finding my way)
#3 I do love kids sooooo it's easy to do and VERY fun!!

But...

I gotta prep so ...here comes the laminator!!jelir

Saturday, September 5, 2009

English Class "Balance"..in Japan

Their reading skills are great! They are all still in Elementary School. 4th and 6th grades


One of my best students counting her "School money" She is great so she has a lot of cash!! She knows how to count it and spend it too :)


A student recently joined this class and I was worried because the new student's level was not high enough to join unless she REALLY tried hard. Well, she is trying really hard and the "balance" of one of my best classes is doing just fine.

Putting a student in the wrong class can be a big mistake for the School and the student. This time it worked out because the other friend (and the class leader) is one of my School's best students and the new girl wants to keep up with her friend so she has a kind of rivalry based motivation built in.

Saturday is my favorite day of the School week!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Teaching in Japan






September has come and the kids are back to School!! I finally have full attendance again :)

One of my students saved up to buy some Yugioh cards (Battle cards) and it looks like he got one he wanted. He dished out most of the others to his classmates but the one in the picture was a "keeper"
encem

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September's "Top 10"




Aoi has snatched the top position and if she keeps on improving at the current rate she'll be there for a while. This ranking system has been an invaluable motivation tool that has worked far better than I ever imagined. The Mothers keep their eye on it month to month watching to see if their child has made the list. Everyone has an equal shot at getting on it.

All i want to see is measurable and marked awesomeness
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