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08:21 pm: The first week of school
Happy Easter!

My work schedule is not bad at all this year. I have a pretty even balance of four or fewer hours per day, plus English club on Mondays and Thursdays as usual.

The one annoyance I had was when my team teacher for the second-year Listening class moved the class back into the computer lab, claiming there weren't enough chairs in the seminar room for everyone. GET MORE CHAIRS. Sheesh. I could tell from just one lesson in the computer lab that it was a bad influence. Even with the computers off, the students feel "hidden" behind the monitors and are much more likely to put their heads down or otherwise ignore the lesson. I just can't keep an eye on everyone in that room.

I still haven't had all the classes yet. Most of the week was taken up with the students' annual medical checkups, committee-forming for various school events, and so on.

Monday starts "uniform check" week. Teachers will be stationed by all the entrances to check the students as they come in, making sure they're not breaking the dress code. Big things to watch out for: makeup/jewelry, short skirts, sagging pants. Minor problems: loose or missing ribbons/neckties.

Aside from that, I haven't been doing much. The weather has been dreadful all week, windy and rainy and chilly. It was briefly sunny this morning, when I went out grocery shopping. I also managed to get tickets to a musical performance by Takarazuka (the all-female theater group) coming to Moriyama for one day in July...though I could only get "standing" tickets because they were sold out of actual seats. Takarazuka itself is immensely popular, and this is a revival of their most famous musical ever, Rose of Versailles. It was frustrating for me, because most of the available seating was reserved in advance for members of the fan club and sponsors, so the general public didn't have much of a chance to get in. Still, it ought to be a great performance.

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From:megory
Date:April 16th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Happy Easter!

Is there a chance there can be enough chairs by this week so the class doesn't have to meet in the computer room?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 17th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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It turns out that there ARE enough chairs (I counted), the students would just have to sit three to a table rather than two. So it's do-able. If my team teacher would allow it, that is. He just really wants to be in that computer lab.

We'll see how it goes. If I can manage to keep their attention well enough, that's really what I care about. If their behavior starts degrading, though, I'll insist on changing rooms back.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:April 17th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
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If you continue to be in the computer room, perhaps you could do your lessons with the students standing up and moving about the room so they can't hide.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 17th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I've tried that in the past...the problem is, it generally leads to A) noise and B) confusion, both of which make it difficult for the students to get any listening done. ;_; If it were a communication class, that might work better.
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