Thursdays are a special day for me, which combine the best and worst of the week into a pill that is hard to swallow but usually ends up tasting good going down. This is a Thursday from the second half of my year, since my schedule changed significantly after the beginning of the new school year in April. My role at Kamioka Elementary school has changed dramatically with the beginning of the new school year as well.
These things happen.
8:15 - Arrive at school
The school day begins at 8:15, or at least it begins at 8:15 for the noble Assistant Language Teacher. I arrive at the elementary school, switch to a pair of indoor shoes, and walk up to the second floor where the staff room is located. I go inside, share a merry "Ohayou Gozaimasu" with the teachers in the room, and look at the whiteboard searching for the magical segment that shows where I'll actually be teaching for that day.
Which is to say, that, no I don't know where I'll be teaching until I walk into school that day. I used to be more proactive about tracking down and extracting these secretive details from staff and teachers, but--coinciding with my new reduced role for the planning side--I haven't felt like bringing my interrogation toolkit with me to school recently.
8:25 - First period begins
The class period begins with sitting in the staff room and waiting for children to come and ask for you to come to class. This isn't because its hard to remember where the classrooms are--it isn't--but because thats how it is done. Heading to class without waiting for the kids to come get you will fluster some teachers, so it usually ends up being easier to simply wait. Of course, sometimes the kids won't come and get you. At which point you are encouraged to ask someone what is going on, which will usually start a chain of events that will lead to the kids coming to get you, unless they have forgotten that they have English class and already started fingerpainting.
All the lessons follow roughly the same format, you'll be excited to know.
- 我： 早上好。
- Students： 早上好。.. Will... Teacher?
- 我： 你好吗？
- Students: How are yo...困惑我很好。
- 家庭教师:大声耳语And you?
- Students: ...and you?
然后课程的歌曲和舞蹈部分开始了。这是整整一年，需要唱歌和跳舞Do Rae Mi. Its actually kind of fun, except for one problem: sometimes classes use their own version of the dance, which I inevitably wil not know, but which I will still be expected to lead. Oh well. Be asked to make a fool of oneself is part of the job.
Introduce or review the topical flashcards. Which is to say, the same vegetables or fruits they have been studying for months.
Chant, with a repetitive rhythm tape in the background to serve as a metronome, the flashcards with the students.
Peach. Peach. Peach. Peach. Apple. Apple. Apple. Apple. Pear. ...
Introduce and explain the main activity of the day. This is usually going to be an interview game, bingo, karuta, or something similar.
9:15 - Period one ends, the day continues
12:00 - 午餐
I eat lunch in the teacher's room as well, with the teachers who are not assigned to a home room. Its the same delicious1学校午餐我每周每天都吃，谈话通常在午餐桌上相当活泼。
12:30 - Go home, for a bit
1:45 - 抵达中学
Then I return to the middle school. They don't do school cleaning on Thursdays, so I am able to have a slightly longer break than would otherwise me possible.
1:55 - 中学的五个月
During this period I assist teaching one of the first year classes with two other English teachers. A bit of a crowded classroom, but okay kids.
2:55 - Period six at middle school
4:15 - 回家。
I head home around 4:15. I usually eat a quick snack, work on some projects, and then put together dinner. This is what we typically callfreetime.
7:30 - 打篮球
Since its gotten hotter the numbers of players has fallen a bit, but during the winter there were usually ten or twelve players. These days its usually closer to seven or eight. Ah well. Its the best two hundred yen I spend each week.
9:30 - Go home, shower, go to bed.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but at this point I go home, take a quick shower, eat something light, and go to bed. Well, I go to蒲团如果您想成为技术技术，但我认为它相当舒适。
And so ends my typical Thursday.