Japan Diaries 4: Week 3


Week 3: November 15-19, 2021

3rd Week as an ALT in Rumoi City

Hey guys! I'm on my third week as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) here at Rumoi High School in Rumoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture. By now, I have already met with most classes here and have worked with most Japanese Teachers of English (JTE). Here's my activity for the week.

Day 14: November 15, 2021

Monday - Rumoi

My work today was light. As a matter of fact, I only had one team teaching opportunity today. Regardless, I used my free today to study Japanese. 

Here's my workload for today:

5th period - Jiko shokai class @ 2-2 of Shiko Sensei

Time to go home for now. See you tomorrow Rumoi High School

Dinner that I bought from Seicomart in Chidoricho

Day 15: November 16, 2021

Tuesday - Rumoi

My message for my co-teachers in Rumoi High School was posted in the pantry area

Here's my workload for today:

3rd period - Telephone conversation activity @ 202 of Motoyama Sensei
5th period - IPS Reading class @ 3-345 of Motoyama Sensei
6th period - Vocab Drill and review @ 3-2 of Kutsumi Sensei

Day 16: November 17, 2021

Wednesday - Rumoi

I got a pumpkin muffin from Mikami sensei. 😋

Here's my workload for today:

1st period - Continuation of the student introduction activity @ 2-1 of Motoyama Sensei
4th period - Jiko shokai class @ 1-5 of Sato Sensei
6th period - Vocab drill and vocab team duel @ 3-2 of Kutsumi Sensei

Day 17: November 18, 2021

Thursday - Rumoi

Plotting my availability for my visitation schools

Here's my workload for today:

3rd period - Jiko shokai class @ 1-2 of Hidaka Sensei
6th period - IPS Discussion @ 3-345 of Motoyama Sensei

Day 18: November 19, 2021

Friday - Rumoi

Got my own attendance QR code (it's at the back)

It's a payday Friday! Also, it's my first pay of the year. 

TGIF! It's the last day of my work week! Although I have only one team teaching activity today, my day was special when I was invited to attend a special meeting with the Kouchou Sensei (principal), Kyoto Sensei (vice-principal), and some select teachers.  It was all about introducing Blended Learning to Rumoi High School next school year. Aside from that, I received my first payslip today. Yey! 😍😍😍

Since I have plenty of time, let me tour you in Rumoi High School:

My supervisor's (Kutsumi sensei's) classroom 

One of the hallways in the 2F of Rumoi High School

Ground floor hallway of Rumoi High School

What is Japan without a vending machine, here's the one for Rumoi High School

The lobby area of Rumoi High School

Here's my workload for today:

2nd period - Telephone activity @ 202 of Motoyama Sensei
5th and 6th period - Attended a meeting about the implementation of Blended Learning

Friday night dinner at Ramen Moe

Since it's a Friday, I decided to eat out after work. For today's food trip, I headed out to Ramen Moe located at 1 Chome 3-4, Motokawacho. 

Inside Ramen Moe

It's actually a few blocks away from my house so I only spent on the food and not the transportation. Speaking about the food, I ordered their best seller which is the Miso Ramen. It cost 850 yen and is sure worth my hard-earned money. For the record, it is my first authentic ramen since I got here.

Miso Ramen @ Ramen Moe - Rumoi City

When I got home, there was a post office notification letter in my mailbox saying that I have mail to be picked up at the post office. Upon checking, the post office is open on Saturdays so that'll be one of my itineraries this weekend.

I'm one happy customer. Thank you, Ramen Moe

Overall, that ends my 3rd week in Japan. Please do check out my other articles. 😄

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