Last night, Clare and I returned from a magical journey to Amakusa – an island in the southern part of Kyushu. The pictures are difficult to caption and the trip itself was almost too much to describe but here goes. Clare mentioned the idea of a cycling trip in Amakusa to me a few weeks … Continue reading Cycling Amakusa
Effectively being able to communicate information is an art form on its own. I've been to several workshops that have striven to teach good presentation techniques. Don't read off your slides. Do engage the audience in questions. Don't overdo the animations. When teaching about teaching, naturally you have to be even more cognizant. You've got … Continue reading Meta-teaching: experiencing and learning about Finland’s education system
Experiences like this make you wonder why you are doing them. Why does the Japanese government want a whole mess of foreigners sprinkled throughout the country, having misunderstanding after misunderstanding, many awkward moments, cultural blunders, chance encounters, experiences of a lifetime...? Is English that important that they want to spend hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars … Continue reading why we learn (& teach) languages
How many times have you been asked, "What do you want to be?" How many people have you asked that have actually known? Maybe you found a (lucky?) few who have had it all figured out from the time they could make the jump from, "I want apple!" to "I want to be a doctor!" … Continue reading what do you like to do?
Through a friend of a teacher I work with, last night I found myself in a three hour lecture and conversation group on green tea and Japanese manners. Without fully understanding what I was getting into, I was keen to attend when I first heard about it. It turned out to be much more than … Continue reading aisatsu addendum
After writing the post about Katazuke and the Konmari method, I did a little bit more research. This naturally lead me down a deep rabbit hole of Konmari-ing everything I could until way past my bedtime, and then waking up at 5:30am and continuing the process. Cleaning is rewarding in itself. It is a task that when finished, you can immediately enjoy the results of. In the Power of Habit, I recall one section where Febreeze is used as a case study. After the development of Febreeze, market … Continue reading What does your space suggest?
へんじ - henji - 返事 - reply or answer 返る／巣（カエル／返す）- to return (something), to go back 事 - a thing Mr. Tanoue, a truly unique and incredible teacher that I work with, has an incredible system of classroom management. His students have formed groups – notice I didn’t say he made the groups. They … Continue reading the magic of responding properly