This morning, my colleague was teaching my class for the first time. Afterwards, she asked me: “HOW?“ “How what?“ I asked back. “HOW DO YOU DO IT?? Your kids are so well behaved. They were absolutely quiet and paying attention. How did you make them turn out this way??“ I didn’t really know how to … More “HOW DO YOU DO IT??“
I only played The Sims once in my life at a friend’s house in middle school. What I distinctly remember about this game is the thing about the energy levels of the characters: If they didn’t get enough food or rest or social encounters, they died. Simple as that. And that is how I feel … More Teacher Low Points
I had the weirdest teacher epiphany today. While I was marking a math test, I came across a hilarious answer by a student that made me laugh to myself. I thought: “Oh man that kid is hilarious. I really like that boy.“ Suddenly followed by: “Wait, when did that happen?“ A year ago, he was … More Taming Little Monsters
I’m not a mother. I don’t have kids of my own. But – I’m a primary school teacher, so most of the time I feel like I do have kids of my own, and when school is in session I technically spend more waking hours with them than their parents. Those very hours in the … More Are you Ready for Kids?
I’m a primary school teacher, which means that I go to school every day, spending most of my energy not explaining to kids how to do math or where the weather comes from, but trying to explain how to treat each other well. I tell them that everyone is different in a different way and … More And how am I going to explain Trump winning the election to my kids tomorrow?
Today was one of those days – I didn’t want to leave the house. At all. I wanted to hide from the world. I didn’t feel capable of dealing with myself, let alone other people. Not even the little people I love so much. I felt lost and didn’t want to be found. The thing with … More If I hadn’t left the house this morning
About this time last year, I wrote a post about what it was like for me to be new to full-time teaching at elementary school level. One year later, I’m going to reflect on what’s changed and how, by addressing the same issues I talked about back then. Picture me, leaving work at a reasonable … More What it’s like to be in your second year of teaching full-time (at elementary school level)
In the historical words of Alice Cooper: “School’s out for summer!“ After 1,5 years of teacher training, I’ve now survived my first year as a newly qualified and full-time teacher of a year 2 class. This means that for the last 2,5 years, nearly every day I’ve ventured out into the never ending madness that … More What Teaching has Taught me
Here’s another If I had a nickel question I get asked over and over: “So you are an English teacher?“ (not really a question, is it?) usually followed by “Are you here with the JET program?“ Out of politeness I force a smile every time and explain shorty that I work as a “normal“ primary … More No, I’m not an English teacher (in Japan)
The other day, two boys from my class brought tadpoles to school that they had fished out of some lake in Tokyo. Since having tadpoles in the classroom had been a dream of mine for years (yes, I do realize that my dreams are very small!), I didn’t object to keeping them. I had no … More Why today I wished that my Students were Tadpoles