My Japanese primary schools have been holding club activities every other week, starting from October. The clubs run only in the Autumn months and are one of my favourite activities of the school year. They're like a mini-game versions of the clubs that the kids will be able to join when they graduate into high [...]
Last week, my elementary school 6th graders graduated and... oh my god, it was emotional. I planned my day so that I could say goodbye to the kids from both schools. I would attend the graduation ceremony at Menda Elementary (my biggest school) and then drive to Ue Elementary for the send off. Unlike in [...]
Has my Mind Become Mashed Potato on JET?
In a word, yes. Six months into JET and I’ve noticed a significant mental dip. My vocab has gone downhill and there are times when I feel like my sentences don’t make any sense. After repeating ‘ah ah apple’ over 100 times instead of studying literature and the history of language, I suppose that’s bound [...]
Recontracting JET: To be or not to be
'18th January, well 11th, well 9th… 9th? 9th. Ok.' After much deliberation from my supervisor, the deadline for my recontracting decision has been set for 9th. Tomorrow. We were formally asked to recontract in December and given over the Christmas holidays to think it over. Christmas has come and gone and tomorrow I’ll be committing [...]
Although the last few weeks have been HECTIC I wanted to spend the last few days before I head off for Christmas getting organized. With so much happening all the time, it’s been pretty difficult to write consistently, but when I do get down to write at least there’s plenty of content! October was amazing, [...]