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.
Magic is happening
it has been a while again~and, believe me: I am thinking of you.
My magic wands are doing their magic:
Working on a pretty huge project, to share with all of you!
Keep tuned, so you won't miss any freebees.
And meanwhile, please feel free to visit my Japanese Blog to have a look at Halloween.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!
Margit's Master English Teaching
The 4th edition of Margit's Master English Teaching is moving towards an end. Already!!! Yesterday we had a hilarious Talkshow.
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and questions: in your valuable breaktime, in the parking lot!!! (NOT driving of course), and then so early morning for Laura in Austria and Mila in Czech.
There are quite a few blog posts full of ideas I want to write. What would be your first hits:
Halloween? Classroom settings? Parents meetings? Shows? Class management? Business?
I think we have left nothing untouched.
And the huge new feature this time: Full live participation of my classroom.
If you are interested WHEN would be the best time of the year for you to join my course?
one topic in our teacher training workshop last week was 'non verbal expressions and communication'.
And, with all the exercises I had chosen I was just hoping, my kids would 'show' and 'live' how important this topic is in their presentations the next day,
They obviously, didn't disappoint me.
So, I took it a step further:
We did an improvisation on the spot, first of all inspired by the teachers who were joining the workshop.
We were pleased and thrilled to see my smallest students come up stage, say a sentence they had neither practiced nor thought of before coming here, and act it out. And of course, with a 5 year old showing this much courage, the moms couldn't just sit and watch, so we had a stage setting with kids, moms and teachers.
Would you like to see more about our teacher training, or about our show? Keep tuned.
How I plan a sample lesson
In 90 minutes I'll have a group of 8 Five year olds and their moms come over for a sample lesson.
Basically everyone has decided already to join~but that doesn't take the pressure away.
Sample lessons are important: atmosphere, my voice, the lesson plan~ well, I always care about these more than 100%, still for a sample lesson it is even more.
So, I got everything ready~
TPR warm up
What's your name (with a silly quiz, using famous dolls to make the kids laugh a lot)
And a very quick Superhero in the end.
30 minutes~ just enough to want more!
The kids can choose a sticker for their brand-new passport, and then they can play on their own with a huge box of Kapla blocks, while I talk to the moms.
It can be amazing, what kind of questions come up here~but I must say meanwhile I am getting good at this.
When and how do you hold your sample classes?
What do you care about most?
OK, I should sit back and relax for the biggest smile in a while~ and then:
I'll be off on a holiday to the sweet and beautiful Ishigaki Island.
I can't believe to not have to freeze for a few days!