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nibbletbunny
July 22nd, 2014, 09:27
Hello everyone, I was wondering what all of you do to keep busy while stuck at school during summer holidays? I have experienced summer on JET for 2 years and still have not been successful at keeping busy enough during the summer. I have planned tons of lessons, organized my materials/desk, and studied Japanese, but I still find the days long, exhaustingly boring, and I always get to the point where I feel as if I am the verge of losing my mind. I am thinking about researching some additional clubs I might be able to participate in during the summer this year if I can, so hopefully that will help. However, I am just curious how you all spend your summers when your stuck at work?

mothy
July 22nd, 2014, 09:40
Nipplebunny, the internet is large and full of people to troll.

Ini
July 22nd, 2014, 09:48
dig the sand out the drains around the edge of the playing field
paint the lines in the carpark
paint the soccer goals/climbing frames
trim the trees/bushes
Empty the gutters
clean the windows(people tend to only wash the lower ones during the term, get a step ladder out and do the upper ones)
clean the air conditioning filters
create a folder of activities you can use at short notice when a JTE is away/you get asked to fill 10min of a lesson while walking to class
make English language equivalents of all the signs around the school
work on your notice board
organise your materials/create new ones
work on a video presentation of the school year to show during graduation season
volunteer as a lifeguard at the pool
clean the areas of the school that never get cleaned (the balcony in the gym is normally filthy)
etc.

SomePeopleJustSaySnow
July 22nd, 2014, 09:48
Kegel exercises.

Edit: Good list, Ini.

coop52
July 22nd, 2014, 11:07
I'm sure your teachers would appreciate it if you wrote some reading passages to help the kids study for their entrance exams. It takes up a good amount of time and gives you a good excuse to research stuff on the internet.

kurisu
July 22nd, 2014, 12:11
The day we are forced to spend our full "work" days at the office doing nothing or at school doing nothing is the day I quit this job.

I don't know how you guys do it.

Page
July 22nd, 2014, 12:25
No one is forced to do nothing, it's a choice. It can be hard to think of new ways to fill the time, though. (Not particularly directed to you Kurisu, seems to be a trap that a lot of ALTs fall into.)

Namisuke
July 22nd, 2014, 12:36
Take a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Coursera is a host to TONS of them. There are lots on Education, as well as art, history, etc. It is a good use of time and you can put it on your resume if it applies to the job. Some are also simply interesting.

Do you have an English board? You can prep displays for it if you do.

If you're studying Japanese, you can mix it up by trying to write long pieces, such as journal entries or short stories.

If your prefecture has a Wiki page, you can add to it.

If your kids are hanging out at school, you can go chat with them. Sometimes I get myself away from my desk and help kids with summer homework or just good around with them.

hydroflames
July 22nd, 2014, 13:24
The day we are forced to spend our full "work" days at the office doing nothing or at school doing nothing is the day I quit this job.

I don't know how you guys do it.
Amen to that!!

kurisu
July 22nd, 2014, 13:51
No one is forced to do nothing, it's a choice. It can be hard to think of new ways to fill the time, though. (Not particularly directed to you Kurisu, seems to be a trap that a lot of ALTs fall into.)

I don't know personally. I don't have those sorts of days over Summer. I usually have about 3 hours of work a day at the BOE office over Summer, and even that is way more than enough time to do all the work-related things I think I need to do. I make a few lessons I want to try over the next year, organize what I need to, don't really care too much to do bookwork study for Japanese, and rarely get asked to actually use too many of my activities at school once the next year comes around anyways.

If I could play sports with my kids every day, I would rather just do that. Hell, we use more ACTUAL English there than in the English class itself anyways.

nibbletbunny
July 22nd, 2014, 14:26
Thanks everyone for the ideas so far! :) I definitely want to try to interact with more people around the school building this year by participating in some school activities. I also like the idea of trying to start an English Board. I have one at one of my other schools, but I'd like to try to get one started at my main site too. However, I really appreciate the feedback everyone! :)

BeckyJones
July 22nd, 2014, 14:28
troll bitches, watch youtube. porn?

Gizmotech
July 22nd, 2014, 19:27
Summer is the time I spin down. I spend most of it relaxing, reading, taking super long lunches, and generally trying to get those things done I hadn't had the time or motivation to do before. I also do a lot of writing about what I've been upto for my education/work portfolio.

BeckyJones
July 23rd, 2014, 09:56
writing? lol. Let me guess, you have the next great novel. You just have to spend a few more months at starbucks on your macbook to finish it.

Gizmotech
July 23rd, 2014, 10:02
writing? lol. Let me guess, you have the next great novel. You just have to spend a few more months at starbucks on your macbook to finish it.

Try more like stuff I can use for graduate school papers for instance. Reflective/analytic stuff. It also helps me keep my thoughts organized as they change over time.

nibbletbunny
July 23rd, 2014, 10:23
Some good ideas guys-thanks for your input! I've already started doing things to help with future job goals like revising my resume. I like the idea of writing for professional purposes. Thanks for all of the great feedback everyone! :)

Namisuke
July 23rd, 2014, 16:11
Ditto to the academic writing/portfolios. For actual teachers on JET who will seek employment outside Japan after, having time to work on a portfolio is nice. Taking online courses (yay for free MOOCs!) is a good way to get some writing topics and have them assessed. It has helped me keep up to date after living away from Canada for so long. Doing anything to relate to your work back home is a good idea of something to do in the summer!