“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” Yesterday, as part of my professional development, I had the privilege of visiting the kindergarten associated with Tohoku Bunkyo University - … Continue reading The Japanese Way of Educating Children
If there is anything we can be sure of in today’s rapidly changing and complex world, it is the increased automation and tremendous shift in the professional landscape. Career opportunities are suddenly opening up in new fields while quickly shutting down in old ones. This prompts educators to ask: What skills and qualities do the … Continue reading How to Prepare Children for Their Future
The purpose of this post is multifold and I encourage you to look at it as if it was an origami model. Well-aware of the fact that Japan and its people are one-of-a-kind in so many ways, I find it virtually impossible to draw a definitive conclusion on why things are the way they are … Continue reading What Does It Take to Be a Japanese?
We celebrate the end of our first semester with a lovely mini performance. It comprises of three distinct parts - yoga, dancing, and singing in English and in Japanese. It encourages broad-mindedness and supports students' development of a wide perspective. As part of the yoga 'repertoire', the kids perform a simple set of movements accompanied … Continue reading Ladybugs’ First Big Appearance in front of an Audience
Professional Development through Class/Lesson Observation It is a common practice among teachers in Japan to engage in professional development activities in the form of a lesson study or research of teaching/learning by visiting other schools and observing classes. It is meant to help teachers enhance their capabilities and competencies and to incorporate new ideas and … Continue reading Professional Development through Lesson Observation
At MY Kindergarten our morning Yoga routine helps us learn English words and phrases in a thoroughly immersive way. Kids learn new words by experiencing first-hand how plants grow, leaves and branches move in the wind, butterflies fly, the rain falls down, bridges stand, rocks lie on the ground, and so on. In the process … Continue reading The Power of Yoga
The “Mild Crisis” of the English Language in Japan With its great history, unparalleled economic development, cultural richness, and culinary diversity, Japan offers its visitors experiences marked by novelty and distinctiveness. Yet, once visitors enter the Land of the Rising Sun, the English language seizes to be the anchor dropped in a foreign country to … Continue reading Integrating the English language into the fabric of industrialized Asian communities