Very excited to announce:
Margit's Master Teacher Training in Shiga 2019
Time: July 20, 21
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Otsu city, Titti Seminar House
Day 1: Margit's Academy Show:
Performance of my students , age 4-12.
This year we are using a new space and will have all of my students in one show.
You will experience not only the kids, but also the parents and how I get them involved.
Day 2: Full Day Teacher Training:
You will experience (I'm sure, not for the first time) what 'learning a language' means, and how your students feel in the classroom. I will use German and Bahasa Indonesia to show you techniques and methods that work (and also why others don't). All 100% practical, so you learn 'as a student' and 'as a teacher' at once.
Lots of activities, games, brain breaks you can take as they are and use in your classroom.
Second half I plan to go a bit into more 'advanced' activities and methods including movie talk, storytelling, reading and writing , again all practical.
The number of participants is limited so we will be able to figure out everyones' needs, and work on these.
And of course just being in this great community of same minded teachers! Don't think twice.
Repeater: 23800円 （till May 25th)
Double: each17800円( Repeaters+someone new )
Bonus 1: All prices include accommodation
Bonus 2: A kitchen with everything needed for dinner, breakfast, lunch
Bonus 3: In case you want to bring your kids, I have a very special deal for you, that is unbeatable, so get in touch.
I am looking forward to seeing you all, please apply via contact form ,
leave a comment or call me.
If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact.
And here are a few testimonials from last year:
How do you celebrate spring?
School end parties?
Easter Egg hunts?
A little bit of all?
Easter egg hunts are like all hide and seek games a huge favorite for kids.
However in English class we need to be careful that they do not end up in speechless sessions.
Here are two activities we enjoyed a lot this year:
1. A Flipgrid Easter Egg Hunt.
I hid the eggs in my house, and asked the kids via Flipgrid, where they guess the eggs are. They watched this video at home and thought of the answer. Then they took a video with their guesses. Great presentations with lots of language.
A real egg hunt, with a twist:
I made a simple sketch of a landscape with trees, grass, flowers...(all items the kids could read at this stage)
Then I wrote slips of paper with sentences like:
Ten eggs under the tree.
A red egg in the tent.
I put all of these slips into a plastic easter egg each, and hid them outside all over the space. Ready go and in groups the kids were searching for eggs, reading, running back and forth to draw what they had read.
What are your favorite easter egg hunts?
The other day I talked about 'lonely' teachers.
Recently we really should not need to feel this way, as traveling is getting cheaper and cheaper.
Mila, from Czech Republic took the change to come (more than 7000 km) to stay with teachers from Japan for a week.
Additionally I organized 3 nights of homestay for her, at my student's homes.
Students hosting teachers
What I hadn't imagined is, that it would be such a huge win for these students of mine, even before Mila arrived.
They were excited from the moment they decided to have her come. They asked me every week about Mila's favorite foods, her daughter's name, things she liked or disliked...
They practiced English at home, more than they ever had, and included their families as well.
Now, that she has returned to Czech, these kids come and want to play those games Mila has taught them. They explain them to the other kids.
So, I was thinking: How many 'wins' did we have?
Win for me, win for you (Mila), win for all the teachers involved and win for my students. Not to go into further details, that is 4!
Any plans coming to Japan?😉
Do you sometimes feel 'lonely' as a teacher?
You always have students around you and actually there are enough people to talk to, including parents.
Especially teaching at your own school. I have had years and years where I just felt so lonely, not having any exchange as a professional, with other professionals, that I volunteered 10 hours teaching a week for several years in a public school, just to have colleges.
These days it is easier to exchange with other teachers from around the world; a few clicks on the computer or smartphone and we are connected. This is amazing and great, and I absolutely do not want to miss it. It has made my life so much easier and I have met amazing people.
Still it is not the same as to meet another teacher IN PERSON.
Watch out for updates on this topic, coming soon.
I actually can't believe I haven't written at all since January. Don't think I was hibernating.
There were actually lots of uncertain things going on , and I kind of felt on hold for a while. Now that almost all have cleared up, I hopefully will be back regularly. There is SOOOO much I want to write about.
Beginning of this month Mila from 'Prima English' in Czech Republic visited me to see me teaching live, exchange with other Genki English teachers, and experience Japan.
Just 3 words:
It was wonderful!
Here is the lovely message I got from her this week, and I really want to say thank you to you Mila again, for coming, joining all my crazy ideas (esp. multiple homestays, Karaoke).
It was lovely to meet your whole family, and I do think very much that we will meet again.
7 月 2021