Celebrating Our Friendship

More than two years have passed since the day we first met and a couple of more months separate us from the end of our journey. In our final year together, we formed the habit of setting aside some time at the end of each month to look at pictures, dating back to the same … Continue reading Celebrating Our Friendship

The childhood lessons that saved our lives in the face of the pandemics

¬† Part of my most recent training was dedicated to the cross-disciplinary sharing of knowledge among fellow teachers. Through role-play activities and games, English teachers introduce, demonstrate, and rationalize the methods of teaching they adopt. They let their Japanese co-workers experience for themselves the effectiveness of learner-centered instruction and the way they help students build … Continue reading The childhood lessons that saved our lives in the face of the pandemics

The paradox of Social-Distancing among kids

Most would agree that the social-distancing policy, brought about as a result of the spreading coronavirus, has indeed had a 'counterproductive' effect. Whether being on lockdown or highly encouraged to stay at home and practice social distancing when going out into the public, people started re-connecting with relatives and friends. In isolation and self-restriction, in … Continue reading The paradox of Social-Distancing among kids

Covid-19 and the Comeback of Nature: On Transitions and Transformations

Bridge and the idea of one continuous plan After finishing up one content area and preparing to move onto the next one, we are facing a pathway of possibilities.¬†Bridging the gap between one lesson and the next, between one unit and the next, even between one situation and another, not only helps keep the students’ … Continue reading On Transitions and Transformations: Covid-19 and the Comeback of Nature

How Covid-19 fast forwarded us into the future

The World of Work As mentioned in my previous post, during the first month of the school year I took my students on a voyage of self-discovery. With it, I implicitly communicate the importance of learning taking place beyond the boundaries of the classroom and the school building. In our attempt to let students take … Continue reading How Covid-19 fast forwarded us into the future

Working Towards Unity

In my strive to bring all four kindergarten classes under the same umbrella, I developed a comprehensive and culturally specific, plan of monthly themes and activities with the appropriate social focus. With an overarching monthly theme, the lessons of every individual class branch out into their own specific direction, thus allowing students to dig deeper … Continue reading Working Towards Unity