These days the weather has been very bad, especially in western Japan. I hope your homes and your families are ok. Every morning I wake up and check the weather conditions, I imagine you do too. Well, if you do something everyday, try to do it in English! That is called a habit, and it is a nice way to have English in your daily life.
For example, the Japanese government has a weather website, and the information is in both Japanese and English. You can find it here: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/warn/index.html
If you don’t know some of the words, that is ok. Check your dictionary, or change the website languange back to Japanese to check. When you need information, it is easier to remember it.
This goes the same for many things. Try changing your smartphone language to English to learn other new words that you use everyday.
It has been a busy week as the temperature gets hotter. I think we are all ready for a day off to recharge, and then come back on Monday. Today the Eiken pre-1 study class will meet afterschool. I gave a poster to each high school classroom, but junior high school students who have passed grade 2 are also welcome. On Saturdays we meet in the hojo 1 classroom, and on Tuesdays we meet in the small music room on the 5th floor.
Today I was reading the BBC news homepage. It is a good place to find news and interesting artcles. Today they had one about “Rajio Tasio” and its history. I thought it was very interesting… especially because it started in America! You can read it below, and I always recommend bbc.com for interesting English to read.
This week our online English classes started again. For grade 2 junior high school students, and our new grade 1 high school students, it is their first time to experience an online lesson. I am lucky this year that I supervise all those classes, so I can help guide the students in their online journey.
One thing that is different this year is that many of the teachers who usually work in an office are now teaching from their home. Because of this, they can teach without wearing masks, so our students can easily see their face. However, our students are all wearing masks, so it is important for them to speak clearly, so that their teacher can hear them.
The other important thing is to have a story to share. Even if students only talk about their daily life, it is still something that helps make a connection with their teacher.
Anyway, good luck in the program everyone. Let me know if you need any help (or if you forget your book!)
This morning I was reading the Washington Post, an American newspaper. There was an interesting article about children around the world going back to school. The article said that a billion students were sent home because of the corona virus. A billion has nine zeros! 1,000,000,000.
Now many of those students, including you, are going back. School will look a little different for many of them. The article talked about some different ideas, such as everyday testing in China, and desk shields in Korea.
If you are interested, you can ready the article here:
After two months of a very different school life, students are back for lessons this morning. Studying takes practice, so students need to get back their habits. Today is the first step. As for me, I was busy saying good morning to everyone that I forgot to go to the teachers’ morning meeting! Teachers have to get their habits back too!
Some things are different, of course. Remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep distance with your friends. The cafeteria will open on the 15th, but only for bento boxes. Make sure you keep distance while waiting for the washroom.
But these are just small changes we can all make. Getting back to school, meeting your new teachers, and starting your study habits again are the big challenges. Of course, it all starts by coming to school, and today M2 was perfect.
It has been a long time since I wrote anything on this page. I feel like students have enough to read on their screens each day, and also, it is difficult to write about school when there are no students here. I have a difficult time finding “inspiration”.
Recently teachers have been busy preparing to teach through video, and students have been busy trying to “learn to learn”. I mean, you need to learn to study in a new way, at home and online. Do you put on your uniform? Do you use a desk? Is your TV on or off? I wonder if you are really prepared to study when you are at home.
This time is a challenge for everyone. As a teacher, I want to see my students at school everyday. As a student, your mind is ready to study when you are in a classroom with your friends. Now we have to adjust our study habits for now. I hope you can find something that works for you at home, and I hope that we are all back to school together soon.