Tell me what you want, what you really really want

As an assistant language teacher, I have the unique privilege of teaching all three grades and working with many different teachers. There are many times I wish I could video tape the classes and share them. Teaching styles of course vary greatly. Student response also varies greatly. It’s a fascinating thing to witness. Currently, second... Continue Reading →


what it means to be foreign

This past week has required me to reflect a great deal on how foreigners, specifically English speakers, more specifically Americans, are perceived by other peoples. I’ve written before about the “gaijin smash”. What patterns of our culture have differed so much from others? What narratives have I been fed that have resulted in my “normal”... Continue Reading →

what do you like to do?

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 →

the magic of responding properly

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 →

katazuke and konmari

Katazuke 片付け (かたずけ) 片- one-sided, leaf, sheet 付ー adhere, attach, refer to, append The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which inspired the title of the magic of greeting of course) became an instant sensation and has sold over – copies worldwide. There are innumerable pins on Pinterest and countless articles on blogs and in newspapers, not to mention... Continue Reading →

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