School Tour: Elementary/JHS School Entrance (Genkan)

Perhaps the most important place of any school is the genkan area. It’s where the school sees all its guests and faculty come and go. It’s more than just an entrance, though: it’s intrinsically linked to Japanese culture, as it’s where everyone takes off their shoes and switches to indoor shoes before entering. Each teacher (ALTs included, of course!) will have their own locker. Sometimes, they’ll have your name on […]

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My Last Day(s)

I feel like the resentment towards one of my schools was pretty apparent in my blog posts recently. If I got away undetected, I’m glad because I really tried to remain neutral. Anyway, after a (very long) year there, I finally had my last lesson and finally my last day came. I’m never good with goodbyes. My high school and college graduations? I was a gonner. Leaving a part time […]

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5 Ways to Appear Busy When You’re Bored

Azumanga Daioh gets it! The ability to look busy even when you’re bored beyond comprehension with nothing to do is an enviable talent. If you were born looking bored (even when you’re literally in the middle of working), I understand your struggle because I am the exact same way. The first piece of advice I got during training was “look busy”. Unfortunately, no one ever told me how exactly to do that. […]

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School Tour: Elementary School Library

I actually don’t spend much time in the library at either of my schools. Honestly, I don’t spend much time in any room other than my English room and the teacher’s room, if I’m being honest. But, for the sake of blogging and being as in depth as I can be, I figured I’d post photos of he library! Now, pictured here is the library for my Friday school. If […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in January

It’s good to be back in the routine… Kind of. Being on vacation always makes me want to quit working. Anyway, here’s January’s school lunches. I also (finally) remembered to take a picture of the whole month’s menu, in case you were wondering what that looks like. If you can’t read Japanese, it may be a bit difficult for you at school… My main elementary school is a “self service” […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in December

December is over! Well, I only worked half of December anyway and had (unpaid and paid) vacation the rest of the time… Let’s talk about the size of my school lunches. I worked in a Junior High under my last board of education, and let me tell you that there is a very big difference between the JHS meals and ES meals. Primarily, the difference was in the size. When […]

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School Tour: The Teacher’s Room

Without a doubt, the teacher’s room is where you’re going to spend a majority of your time at school. If you thought you’d be in a classroom most of the time… Well, I hate to burst your bubble. In fact, for me specifically (remember, every situation is different), on my busiest days, I’ll still spend at least 4 hours in the teachers room. Yes, even when I teach 4-5 classes […]

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Average Daily Elementary School Timetable Schedule

Coming from a Western country, your school day and the school day you’ll be working should be about the same. Though the specific hours may vary, you can expect to arrive in the morning and leave in the late afternoon. My current schedule is 8:15~4:25 but I’ve previously worked 8:00~4:00 and 8:10~4:15. (Are you seeing a general pattern?) Within those hours, I generally have between 2 to 4 classes a day. […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in November

Here’s the monthly menu for my meals in November. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t eat lunch with my students. On occasion, I will eat with my students if invited to, but for the most part, I eat in the back of the teacher’s room with the other office staff. At my secondary school, I do eat with my students (which is why there are no pictures from my other […]

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My Christmas English Board

I can’t believe the year has flown by so quickly already! I only have a few weeks left of teaching before I’m out of my current school for good. Time for me to get more active about posting and go through all of my drafts. You guys won’t believe how many pictures I take/half-written drafts I have sitting around. For Christmas, I decided that I wasn’t going to do an […]

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