School Tour: My English Room (Elementary School ALT)

One of the most disheartening things to me, when I first started teaching, was the fact that I didn’t have my own classroom. (Heck, I didn’t even have my own English board!) I knew an entire classroom dedicated to English was a lot to expect, especially because I’m not even technically a full time teacher! Though, I think it’s more common to have English rooms in elementary schools (where they […]

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My Experiences With School Cleaning Time

The (dreaded?) cleaning closet If you’ve watched any school-life anime, you’ll know that an important part of the school day is cleaning the school. Students are allocated a set amount of time, either after lunch (elementary) or at the end of the day (junior high school) to clean. They’re responsible for cleaning both their classroom and the common areas of the school. Usually, a little jingle will play through the […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in September

Here’s September’s school lunch menu! Things are starting to get a little bit different, thankfully! The end of summer vacation and the start of the second semester signals a change in the kyuushoku menu. For the most part, the meals are somewhat seasonal and use only fruits and vegetables that are in season. A lot of the time, students will ask for a certain dish, only to be told that […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in July

I hope you find July’s lunches insightful. This is a slightly shorter list because the middle-end of July is when summer vacation starts! Which means that I don’t get lunch for half the month because I’m not in school for half a month. šŸ™‚ I’m also not in school for the majority of August. I think I only worked two days in August. However, because the school lunch is billed […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in June

Here’s June’s edition of my school lunches! I’m slowly working on the backlog! Please forgive me! If you haven’t noticed, I don’t drink the milk that’s provided with the school lunch. Luckily, my school isn’t too strict about what I have to eat. In fact, I see some other teachers mixing the milk into the coffees they bring to lunch, etc. I have a pack of furikake in my desk […]

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My October Halloween English Board

Depending on your school and how much freedom they give you, you may get your own English board. Before I started as an ALT, I remember looking at other ALTs’ English boards and thinking how cool it was. At my last school, I had zero creative control with anything, so I didn’t have an English board or an English room, or anything whatsoever, so all that preparation was for nothing. […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in April/May

Researching teaching in Japan, I heard horror stories about some of the school lunch combinations ALTs are served. Now that I’m a teacher, I decided to contribute and share some of the school lunches I eat on a daily basis. Luckily, I haven’t had any combinations that have made me question the entire system… But that’s not to say that some days are less appetizing than others! This will be […]

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The (Instructor) Visa Renewal Process

My visa is fast expiring–I can’t believe I’ve already been in Japan for a year. This blog is a horrible testament to that! Anyway, because I was given a 1 year visa by Interac when I first applied, it’s already time to renew… From what I’ve heard, JETs get a 3 year visa right away. Can someone fact check me please! But, the visa process was probably one of the […]

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My JET Program Personal Statement Essay (2014)

As you may or may not know, this is the blog of an English teacher in Japan. I’m not with the JET Program, but with Interac instead. To give this post more credibility, I was accepted by JET in both 2014 and 2015, but choseĀ to go with Interac.Ā (The blog post #1 on my to-do list is one that will explain my reasoning for doing so… I’ll post it eventually, I […]

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JET Program Timeline (2013 and 2014)

Hello everyone! I figured that, since I put my Interac timeline up, I may as well do the same with my JET Program timeline. I hope someoneĀ finds this helpful! (Please, please let me know if you do in the comments! It’ll give me some motivation to continue writing and providing soon-to-be-ALTs with any information I can.) So, a little bit of background if you don’t already know my story: I […]

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