See you next later!

“See you next later!”–That’s what one of my students just said to me as he left the staff room after “cleaning time” today. It reminded me of the fact that I’m going to be hearing lots of goodbyes very soon. In exactly one month from today I will leave Japan after being here for two…

What they’ve said to me lately

I just thought I’d do a quick update about some funny things kids have said to me lately. At an English camp I volunteered at for elementary school kids, the students in my group were asking the volunteers questions about their home countries. Here’s how one conversation went: Student: I heard there are many fat…

They did it again

Ok, so I’ve posted about student art before (here and here), the latter being the same art project as this post, just last year’s version.  So this might be overkill and I am sure a lot of people don’t care about papier-mâché animals. If that’s you then…don’t read this post! Basically, I am constantly impressed by…

Those charmers

My Japanese students often compliment me, and it’s quite cute, especially because of their small mistakes in English. So here is a list of my favorites: Today during writing time in an English class the students were supposed to write about their past, present, and future. Here is what one student wrote: Male student: Me….


Does your school have (or did it have) school festivals? I don’t really remember having them except for in elementary school. All the parents would volunteer and each classroom would have a different type of activity. I remember the “fishing” game was always really popular. Usually there would be a big “screen” (paper) decorated to…

English Club

I haven’t really mentioned my English Club on this blog, that I can remember. Part of that is because according to school rules, I’m not allowed to post pictures of my students on the internet. (I think it’s ok if you can’t see their faces, but I’m still paranoid about it.) So although we’re doing…

December and January newsletters

Oops. Forgot I had a blog there for a while. Anyway, here are the December and January editions of the English newsletter for my students. I’m planning on posting about my trip to Hong Kong soon December2013 January2014

November 2013 Newsletter

Don’t worry everyone! We distributed this to the students long ago, I just forgot to post it here. Enjoy November’s English newsletter! November2013

October 2013 Newsletter

Here’s our October newsletter for our students. We’ve been making our newsletter for one year now! Yay! So we decided to update the design to a much more sophisticated look for our sophomore year of publishing. October2013

New things in Nagano

Two weekends ago I did something I’ve never done before. Something I was terrified to try. Something that instilled utter panic inside of me. That’s right. I played soccer. I have never played soccer before, except for in PE at school (where I usually just hung out on the edge of the field and did…