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05:58 pm: Start the day off right
I got to school this morning to be greeted by a blackout. This meant that A) the stoves didn't work and B) the bell wouldn't ring. The teachers started to worry, but luckily the electricity came back after a few minutes.

One thing I find interesting about Japanese schools is that salespeople come in and out of the faculty room all the time. Today a travel agent came in and left flyers on all the desks. This particular flyer was about taking a trip to Hokkaido and eating lots of crab (which is pretty much the most important thing on Japanese tourists' agendas when they visit Hokkaido). Hokkaido, which has much more open space for fields than the rest of the country, is also famous for lavender, potatoes, and dairy cows. I commented to the teacher next to me that if the travel agency ever came up with a "Hokkaido Potato and Ice Cream Tour" I would be first in line.

She didn't believe me at first when I told her I majored in potatoes in college. Boy, did she get an earful.

I only had one class, so I spent the rest of the day uneventfully. Just before I went home, while most of the teachers were gone for meetings, I was left alone with the vice-principal. He told me that our principal would be retiring at the end of March, and that he himself might be transferred. (Japanese teachers get their transfer notices at the end of March. I'm told that new teachers are automatically transferred to somewhere else in the prefecture every three years until they rack up at least six years of experience. They get about one week over spring break--between school years--to move to their new school.)

He also sympathized with me for having to teach so many different classes. At his last school, it was so large that the ALT would teach practically the exact same lesson eleven times a week, so there was far less planning to do. (...Personally, I think I'd go a little crazy if I had to do the same lesson eleven times in a row...)

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 21st, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
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I commented to the teacher next to me that if the travel agency ever came up with a "Hokkaido Potato and Ice Cream Tour" I would be first in line.
And I would be right there with you. *drools*

She didn't believe me at first when I told her I majored in potatoes in college. Boy, did she get an earful.
I wish I could have seen that. XD I was alone with one of my coworkers at lunch today, and she asked me what kind of manga I've been reading lately. After desperately trying to think of a non-BL title, I started telling her about Death Note. Fortunately for her, we were interrupted by someone else before I really got going.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 21st, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
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And I would be right there with you. *drools*

As long as it was during the summer... (You know, I'm tempted to walk into a travel agency and *ask* them for a potato and ice cream tour.)

Fortunately for her, we were interrupted by someone else before I really got going.

<g> She made the mistake of asking me questions, like, "Did you study Japanese potatoes?" ...So of course I had to explain about Japanese potatoes making brown potato chips...
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From:firesign10
Date:February 21st, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
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I just had to butt in for a sec and say what a great icon...:-)
And hubba hubba for potatoes & ice cream!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 22nd, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:mangaroo
Date:February 21st, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
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I think I'd go a little crazy if I had to do the same lesson eleven times in a row

As a GSI, I would flop if I had to do the same lesson twice in the same week. The first time would always go well because I had no expectations about the students' responses. If something flopped, I could quickly shift gears; if something was a success, I could enjoy it. But then I could never approach the second class with the same freshness. I would inevitably assume their reactions would be the same, and when they weren't, I was completely disconcerted and less agile in handling it. I suppose that was a pretty big clue I wouldn't be a good teacher. Or comedian.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 21st, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
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As a GSI, I would flop if I had to do the same lesson twice in the same week.

I don't mind twice...since that way I can kinda get a sense of timing on the first class and make things slower or faster in the next class so that the lesson ends in a good place. And if I were doing them all in the same day, I would probably *want* them all to be the same, so I could get a good rhythm going. But the max is about five classes. More than that, and it would get incredibly tedious. (Even five is pushing it.)
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