Japan Diaries 4: Week 14

Week 14: January 31 - February 4, 2022 Day 91: January 31, 2022 Monday - Rumoi Good morning! It's the start of another work week. I'm back reporting at Rumoi High School .  Rumoi High School 1/21/2022 Here's my workload for today: 1st period - Checked Sato-sensei's 1-5 worksheet about Types of Energy 2nd period - Proofread the exam of Shiko-sensei 5th period - Discussed the edits of the exam with Shiko-sensei Thanks for the gift Komai-sensei After work, I stayed to help Komai-sensei practice for his Eiken exam and was surprised that he gave me a gift afterward.  Day 92: February 1, 2022 Tuesday - Rumoi Rumoi High School 2/1/2022 Just like that, we are tearing the first leaf off our school calendar to welcome February. Before work started at Rumoi High School today, Kutsumi sensei informed me that my visit to Haboro High School this coming Wednesday is again canceled. Hence. I asked my JTEs if they needed help on that day and was glad to be invited to some classes. How

Japan Diaries 4: Weekend 13

Weekend 13: January 29 - 30, 2022 Day 89: January 29, 2022   Saturday - Asahikawa w/ Hasewaga-s ensei Good morning everyone! There is sort of a blizzard today when I woke up so I texted Hasewega-sensei if our Asahikawa trip would push through.  He responded that it would push through and that he'd pick me up at 11AM. True enough, he was there on the dot. Off to Asahikawa with Hasegawa-sensei From Rumoi City, we drove to Asahikawa via the scenic back roads. It was a fun trip as we talked about a lot of things like AKB48 and the history of the English language. Late lunch at  Cafe de Collines I tried the omurice for lunch Cafe de Collines banana ice cream for dessert Our first stop for today was Cafe de Collines for late lunch. Turns out, this place is Hasegawa sensei's favorite hangout place. It was cozy and the jazz music was relaxing. It's really a great place to spend your mornings just sipping coffee and enjoying the music. Hasegawa-sensei helped me buy my ski at Tri

Japan Diaries 4: Week 13

Week 13: January 24-28, 2022   Day 84: January 24, 2022 Monday - COVID Preventive Measures   Due to some teachers and students testing positive for the virus last week, the school decided to suspend classes for the students today. As for us teachers, we reported for work as if nothing happened.  After the usual morning meeting, the teachers were provided gloves, tissues, and alcohol bottles and were asked to clean areas that are commonly and frequently touched by students and teachers. In a way, this shows an admirable Japanese culture of older people willing to sacrifice themselves for the younger generation. Back to work after disinfecting the classrooms When the mission seems to have been accomplished, Motoyama sensei and I discussed our plans for the class tomorrow. Since the topic is about comparisons, we decided to compare the Philippines and Japan so I spent the rest of the day creating, a PowerPoint slide for the said lesson.  Bought a new batch of Moekko Free Tickets for my v

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