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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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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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. 🙂 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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