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 .
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
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
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 .
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
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
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
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 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 .
Tomorrow I've got 4 classes, and I'm
totally looking forward to it