Japan Diaries 4: Week 26

Week 26: April 25 - 29, 2022

Day 175: April 25, 2022 

Monday - Rumoi

Rumoi High School 4/25/22

It's the start of another week, and I'm back at Rumoi High School. The weekend flew by so quickly, and now it's time to dive into a new set of experiences and challenges. As I step onto the school grounds, the familiar surroundings and the buzz of students fill the air, signaling the beginning of another bustling week.

Here's my workload for today:

2nd period - ABCD Game @ 1-36 of Motoyama-sensei
3rd period - Digital Detox @ 4-46 of Matsuda-sensei
6th period - I'm the Strongest @ 2-345 of Hidaka-sensei

English Club meeting

Ella and Kiaya playing Farkle

In the afternoon, Joshua and Kiaya went to my house for part 2 of the dinner party. This time, we had nabe. Kiaya introduced the game Farkle (which is a dice game where you need to rack up points based on the numbers you get from the dice.) Before calling it a day, we ate the dessert brought by our ALT friends. 

Day 176: April 26, 2022

Tuesday - Rumoi

Rumoi High School 4/26/22

I'm back at Rumoi High School for the second time this week. 

Here's my workload for today:

A Special Class with Sato-sensei

3rd period - A Special Class @ 2-345 of Sato-sensei
4th period - ABCD Game @ 1-45 of Motoyama-sensei
5th period - Pre Lesson Activity @ 1-1 of Motoyama-sensei

Time to meet Ella's teachers at Midorigaoka Elementary School

Ella's picture was taken for the school's website and paper

It's final! Ella is now a Grade 4 student at Midorigaoka Elementary School

After the 6th period, Matsuda-sensei accompanied me, my wife, and Ella to Midorigaoka Elementary School for Ella's enrolment. We got to meet Midorigaoka's Koucho-sensei and Kyoto-sensei as well as my daughter's adviser and some teachers. 

That night, I attended the Rumoi English Chat Club. Our topic was "Spring Song and Poems". 

Day 177: April 27, 2022

Wednesday - Haboro

It's my 1st time visiting Haboro High School for the school year 2022-2023. For this trip, I used my 1-day Moekko Free Ticket

Haboro High School 4/27/22

It's a very windy day today. In some ways, I can't focus on my work in the faculty room as the wind hitting the window beside me is literally howling out loud. I found out that Haboro High School has 6 new teachers and also a new Kouchou-sensei. Thankfully, all my JTEs stayed for another year. 

Here's my workload for today:

3rd period - Essay writing about Bicycles @ 2nd year of Kawakami-sensei
4th period - Jiko Shokai of Students @ 3rd year of Watanabe-sensei
6th period - Jiko Shokai @ 1st grade of Kawakami-sensei

Day 178: April 28, 2022

Thursday - Rumoi 

Rumoi High School 4/28/2022

It's a beautiful sunny morning. I'm back at Rumoi High School today. 

Here's my workload for today:

2nd period - Jiko Shokai @ 1-2 of Ito-sensei
5th period - Listening Activity @ 3-F1 of Matsuda-sensei

Rumoi High School faculty emergency meeting

After lunch, there was a short faculty meeting where Kyoto-sensei announced that the PTA meeting tomorrow is canceled due to COVID-19 issues. 

After the meeting, Matsuda-sensei helped me with the files for the Jido Teate or Child Allowance.  

Day 179: April 29, 2022

Friday - Rumoi

Rumoi High School 4/29/22

Good morning everyone! It's Showa Day today. Supposedly, it is a holiday today but Rumoi High School decided to swap it with Monday so that our Golden Week holiday will be long and continuous. 

Preparing for Matsuda-sensei's class

Here's my workload for today:

1st period - A Paper Architect @ 3-35 of Matsuda-sensei

After the class, Matsuda-sensei helped me fill up the forms for Midorigaoka Elementary School so that my daughter can officially enroll in the school after Golden Week. During my lunch break, I biked back home and had lunch with my family. 

Joshua came to brief Ella about life at Midorigaoka Elementary School

That afternoon, Joshua came to our house to brief Ella about how life is in Midorigaoka Elementary School and also taught us a thing or two about Japanese elementary school culture. It's a big help as we got an idea of what we are about to face in the future. 

Overall, it was a fulfilling workweek. Although I only visited Rumoi High School and Haboro High School this week, I could still share something with my JTEs. With that, I'm already looking forward to the weekend and also the Golden Week. 

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  1. Congratulations on being accepted in Midorigaoka Elementary School Ella! I hope you enjoy Japan as a student.


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