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03:06 pm: Campus Tour: Day 4
The good news: Two hours assigned to me were unable to fit in my schedule, so they were given to a different ALT, and one of my team teachers volunteered to solo one of our hours. That brings me down to a 15 hour schedule.

The bad news: Out of those 15 hours, 5 are on Thursdays.

Oh, well, the rest of the week will feel like a breeze.

Today was the first day of classes, and I made a few discoveries. For one thing, this school has the coolest whiteboards I've ever seen. They can be raised and lowered for easy writing/displaying, and they have faint grid lines printed on them, which allows a person to write without the text slanting upward or downward. The problem is that, although we were provided with markers, we were not given erasers. Whoops.

Next, the high school and middle school portions of campus are on different schedules. Due to this, the bells only ring in the high school building...not the faculty room. I'll have to be very careful about watching the clock, which is tricky when I get involved in reading a book during my free time.

The faculty room is equipped with a refrigerator, electric water heater for tea, and microwave. Unfortunately, the outlet only has space for two plugs...the microwave loses out. (I'm pretty much the only person who uses it.)

Anyway, on with the tour. Today I will explore building 2. This building is for classrooms that require specialized equipment.

First is the sewing room. (I wish I had such nice big tables at home!)

Next is the nursing practice room. Many of the students in the home ec major plan to go into health care. With Japan's aging population, it's one of the more promising fields.

Across the hall is the cooking room. (...I wish I had an oven that large...) This is followed by the tasting room for eating the results.

There are multiple science labs. This is the all-purpose lab. There are separate labs for chemistry, physics, biology, and geology. They are all mostly identical, though, so I didn't bother uploading pictures.

Finally, there are a couple of rooms called research square. I assume these rooms will be stocked with science magazines, reference books, and other appropriate reading material for students to research.

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From:nitasee
Date:April 12th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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I've always wondered. Is cooking required? I'm always seeing references to high school cooking class in anime and manga. Do both genders take it? Japan's a modern country, but I know there's still a lot more chauvinism in the culture than in the U.S. - or at least that's what I've been told.

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 12th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Is cooking required?

I believe so. At least, for the girls' school students, I believe it is. I honestly don't know whether the boys take the cooking class, but I could ask.
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