先生になる。I’m becoming a teacher.
I am so excited that I am going to finally be a teacher! When I finally got my visa for Japan I was naturally thrilled. But it was seeing “INSTRUCTOR” written next to my picture that really made me begin to squeal and experience the intense wave of emotion sweep over me. I’ve been wanting this for so long. Granted, I never quite expected to begin working at an elementary level, but at this point I don’t even care. I already love my kids!
In fact, I think it’s actually going to be a lot easier for me to find some fun and adorable materials for the kids! I’ve been collecting lots of really cute teaching materials to take with me. I’ve realized how difficult it’s going to be to find English language teaching materials for that grade that are actually IN English.
Aren’t these cute? I just love them. Super cheap too!
My best friend Angela–who is an awesome reading teacher in her own right–helped me get some great flashcards with vocabulary, colors, and numbers. I also got some fun (and adorable!) workbooks that have alphabet drills and all sorts of fun, vocabulary building games. I really hope that I have access to a photocopier because I’d like to use these and make print offs for the students. It’ll be a great way to get them started at the beginning of lessons. I have so many plans… but I don’t really know how much I’ll have to do since I’ll just be the assistant teacher. We’ll see. It can’t hurt to have them on hand.
I also picked up some really cute easy reader books. I figured that once a week or so I can have story time with the kids and then we can have a vocab game with some of the words in the story that day. But my favorite part is that I was able to get my favorites! DR. SEUSS BOOKS! I seriously am such a huge fan of all things Dr. Seuss and I am thrilled to have a totally new group of people to introduce his brilliant works too!
And to my fellow teachers our there: The other day I went to visit an old professor of mine, she gave me a few websites that have excellent free lessons in English with really fun printouts! These may be helpful for you if you are looking for things to finish up the last five minutes in class or so. Here are the links!
All of this teacher talk got me excited to actually begin the school year. It’s going to be a bit of a wait for me though, as I will be spending about 12 days in Tokyo first.
My friends and I were using google earth to find my different schools–not thinking we’d really be able to find such a rural area with much picture clarity–and we were amazed when we was able to see all four of them. Something surged inside of me and I had a real sense of pride hit me! I’ve really begun to feel like a teacher for the first time.
Just call me Jennifer-sensei! haha 🙂