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09:11 pm: Creativity abounds
One of the projects I've offered the students for extra English practice is what they call an "exchange diary." The students write something in a small notebook and hand it in, then I write a response and hand it back. The students get a stamp every time they hand in the notebook, and at the end of the year, the students who have stamps get to choose from a variety of small prizes (like handmade cupcakes or little crocheted trinkets)--the ones with more stamps pick first.

Interestingly, a group of three students banded together to do a joint notebook. Instead of making it a diary, they decided to make a round-robin story, with each one adding a page of text with illustrations. I was designated as the fourth group member. So far, the story is about an engineer who works at an airport on another planet. The girl he's in love with is very popular, and he's physically a wimp, so he can't "win" against any of her other suitors in a fight. I wrote my page and returned it to the students today. We'll see how the story unfolds...

After school, the English club members finished their writeup of their Kyoto interview. They had actually finished it last time after I left, but then the other teacher closed out of Word without saving it. I had been careful to save it periodically, and I saved it right before I left, so at least they didn't lose the whole thing--just the last page. They re-did that part today, and I printed it out on the school's color printer on special glossy paper. It looks really good.

I was then invited to join the other teachers in singing at the Creative production on Saturday. (I'm told I wasn't invited earlier because most ALTs can't sing in Japanese, so no one thought to ask.) I was given a lyric sheet with the score, plus a CD with the song on it. The lyrics were written by students. It was originally supposed to be a surprise, but then a professional musician who grew up in the area composed the music for it, so the story got into the newspaper. We'll see how well I can learn the song in two days...

When I got home, I baked a batch of persimmon/walnut cupcakes. I'm planning to take them to work tomorrow. I've already eaten two...we'll see if I can resist nibbling on more in the morning.



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Date:November 17th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
I like both ot those ideas - the exchange dieary and then the further permutation of the round robin. Maybe you can post the final story! :-)

mmm cupcakes. (although I'm afraid we'd have to pass on the walnuts, with Mr Bear). The thought of baking keeps tickling the back of my mind, but I haven't had a chance to act on it yet.
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Date:November 17th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe you can post the final story!

That would be nice, though I'd have to scan every page to get the full effect of the illustrations.

The thought of baking keeps tickling the back of my mind, but I haven't had a chance to act on it yet.

There are many things I want to try, but I keep putting them off because A) it would take too much time to make them, and B) I would have a lot of dishes to clean up afterward, which takes up even more time. Yet I keep buying the ingredients...so I have a huge stockpile of ingredients for things I haven't tried to make. ^_^;
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Date:November 17th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
Heehee! Well, you're all ready anyway! My issue is not having enough time (and/or energy) by the time I do all the have-to-do stuff.
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