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It gets better and better~

(2012-09-11 18:07:53)
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I had an awesome day today at work It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~

First, some catch up.  Last Friday the students practiced for Sports Day so I didn't have any classes.  I just watched them race and perform.  Then on Sunday was the real Sports Day when the parents came.  Even the mayor of the city came to watch since our junior high school is the biggest in the town It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~.  The kids are amazing, so much energy and they did so awesome!  I'll post some pictures later once I get them edited.

Then that night the teachers had a drinking party to celebrate a successful Sports Day It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~.  I went too, although I was somewhat nervous as I didn't know what to expect.  I'm really glad I went, though, because the teachers were much more relaxed at the party and we chatted, and they realized I could speak some Japanese so it was much easier to communicate with them It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~.  

Monday was a day off since the kids had to come to school on Sunday, so today was the start of my second week.  Today I had 3 classes, one first year, one second year, one third year.  The classes were cool, just some reading and repeating after me.  In the third year class the teacher asked me to do a speaking test with the kids.  The students paired up and had to read a short passage in English.  I listened and had to give them a score based on their pronunciation, fluency, etc.  It was a little awkward since I was scoring the kids right in front of them, and they could see their score, so I felt bad if I gave a low score It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~.  Plus I didn't know what the teacher considered good or bad or really good or really bad, so I didn't have something to measure them by.  Anyway, some of the kids seemed happy with their score, others not so much.

Later, during cleaning, I helped the kids clean.  Last week I just watched with the other teachers, but today I knew where they kept the brooms so I grabbed one and started sweeping with the kids.  They looked at me kind of strange, like "why is a teacher cleaning??" but I kept going, I mean I don't like cleaning but sweeping isn't that hard, plus it's awkward watching them clean while I'm just kind of standing around not doing anything It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~.

After school, a student who is participating in an English speech contest came to the teachers' room to have me help her practice her speech.  The other teachers had a meeting so it was just me and her plus like, one or two other teachers.  We went over her speech a few times, I helped with her pronunciation and the difficult words.  After about 40 minutes we started chatting about other things.  It started out in English but then turned to Japanese, I think I understood like, 30% of what she said, but it's cool It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~ It turns out she also likes anime, so we talked about that, and about our families, holidays in Canada and Japan, a whole bunch of stuff.  By the time we finished we had talked for like, an hour and a half It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~!!  It was the longest Japanese conversation I ever had, and I can't believe I spoke to a junior high school kid for so long !!  Back in Canada I never would have thought it was possible since I disliked kids so much, but it was totally fun talking to her It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~.

Tomorrow I've got 4 classes, and I'm totally looking forward to it It <wbr>gets <wbr>better <wbr>and <wbr>better~

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