The long hours put in

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Tadaoka
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2011年11月10日

Today I left school as I normally do, and then because there is a .. How should I call it.. A mini seminar held by a teacher in which they give a smock class lasting for about 20 minutes and afterwards, the other participating “students” (other teachers) give feedback about what they thought the good points were and what the improvable points were, I decided to come back to school just before 7pm. It lasted for just over an hour, and I’m glad I went because whilst I couldn’t voice any thoughts that I had (though I didn’t have any) I was able to listen to what the other teachers were saying and could think about how I could improve my own classes.

I usually think about explaining things as we go along in class, but a point they brought up was that if you explain what is happening in that class, and the desired outcome (in this case it was P.E. and we were practicing basketball skills where we would play a game at the end using the skills what we practiced) the students also can think about it and get at least a general overall understanding of what is going to happen.

I will try and go to more of these smock/ mini seminar lessons so that I may improve myself, my teaching methods and also hopefully the desired outcome.

Not only did I learn about this, but I went to school at about 7pm and about half the teachers were still there. Usually with other JET friends, we talk about how we can’t understand why the teachers go home at such a late time. Many of the reason’s include “looking busy” when they’re not really, sleeping, just fiddling around or doing unnecessary things during the day and then trying to finish their day’s work by the end of the day. As I was in the staff room, eating some inari as I was super hungry, I finally could understand the amount of work that teachers truly do, well, at my school anyway. I haven’t had to prepare that many classes of my own, but when I do, it does take a lot of time preparing, and I only teach each class of each grade once a week, so that’s 15 classes a week not including the handicapped learning classes I attend.

I looked around the staff room and the teachers are seriously trying their best to prepare around 4 classes for each class, so in total, about 20 classes. Not only that, but at Tadaoka Junior High School, many of the teachers don’t just teach 1 grade, they teach 2 grades which gives them even more classes. I don’t want to talk down about my fellow staff members anymore in regards to their work load and why they go home so late at night, every night. I will try not to complain as much about not having much free time, because the teachers at my school usually come to school on their days off to help out with the various club activities that happen on the weekends and public holidays, when those teachers could be at home spending quality time with their own children.

I’m an adult, but I’m still learning many things about life. I guess I am truly grateful for my time here in this small town and to learn and work with such great colleagues.

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