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    Re: Excellent job vs Japan

    It's not uncommon to get the travel bug. Why not keep your nice job and just vacation in Japan?
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    Re: Teaching in your home country after JET

    This is an old topic, but as a returned teacher, there's one major point that rises above the rest, which is networking. Contact previous employers you worked for in your hometown. It is best to even...
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    Re: New High School ALT lesson planning ideas

    Yeah, especially when it comes to ALT evaluation time. If an ALT's role isn't made into one that has clear aims where students can show success, that's a lot of wasted time. Because of my own...
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    Re: New High School ALT lesson planning ideas

    More recently teachers are being asked to write an aim on the board that the class revolves around. "Play a game" won't cut it. Mixing an aim with games and activities works so much better.

    For...
  5. Re: Is there anything I can do now to boost my chances?

    Ditto on the tutoring. It is an easy way to get experience around your schedule as a student and is good for meeting new people/gaining new perspectives. Your school might also have a mentor program...
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    Re: Hair Dyes

    I had my hair dyed a really natural auburn colour for my interview, which looked mostly brown (pretty much like my old JET Forum avatar). I only found out during my JTE's farewell speech that the two...
  7. Re: English Board Photo Sharing - Back Up on JET Forums!

    Lucky!! My boyfriend eventually got stuff paid for in his last year (he had an official English club). Mine was started by my pred, is not official, and I get no funds. My school was trying to make...
  8. Re: English Board Photo Sharing - Back Up on JET Forums!

    I've never heard of a teacher who had materials supplied to them by the school for extra projects, no matter what country or position the person is in (sometimes even for regular supplies). It's...
  9. Re: English Board Photo Sharing - Back Up on JET Forums!

    Get your kids to make something ^_^
  10. English Board Photo Sharing - Back Up on JET Forums!

    Because the English board thread was pretty popular and useful, I made a post on the forum requesting for it to be put in the Teaching Materials Forum. I know nobody really uses the Official forums...
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    Re: Ways to keep busy during summer holidays

    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...
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    Re: Ways to keep busy during summer holidays

    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...
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    Re: Gifts/Omiyage When Arriving

    Twizllers tend to sweat in hot weather. IF new JETs want to bring anything at all, DRY goods are best - cookies, crackers, etc. that are individually packaged. Otherwise, get stuff here! It's all the...
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    For teachers on the JET Programme:

    - Make sure to take photos/videos and collect evidence of student learning/your teaching. Some jobs require video examples, and it is always good to have a nice...
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    Re: Looking for Project Editors: Eiken Lists

    Thanks! Pre-2 has quite a few. I used what I could find in the tests to sort them, but sometimes they were just small or basic samples of the point.
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    Re: Looking for Project Editors: Eiken Lists

    That's the impression I got too. Seems like it takes a different kind of teaching and learning style - doing lots of reading and listening and seeing where the gaps in your knowledge are. Can't...
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    Re: Looking for Project Editors: Eiken Lists

    I'll let you take a look as those questions will be answered when you can see it. If you have any advice for the vocab and speaking portion of the test that would be great. I don't have experience...
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    Looking for Project Editors: Eiken Lists

    I have been working on a project off and on for a couple of years and am now at the point where I need some critique. I have been working on a specific set of can-do lists/grammar points/vocabulary...
  19. Re: "Can you teach them a game? I'll give you 5 minutes at the end of class."

    ^ Agreed. There's no real way to make yourself part of the routine of the classroom when you're not there often and don't chat with teachers much. ALTs are a good source for culture and practicing...
  20. Re: "Can you teach them a game? I'll give you 5 minutes at the end of class."

    More reasons to use the ALT! ^_^

    I wish I had 5 minutes a day to play with the little ones! Seeing them around is a rare sight outside school where I live (maybe everywhere). *envying your 5 mins*...
  21. Re: "Can you teach them a game? I'll give you 5 minutes at the end of class."

    I don't think our job is to kill time either - unfortunately that's how the OP is treated. However, the things teachers do to kill time in our countries can work nicely as a small activity in...
  22. Re: "Can you teach them a game? I'll give you 5 minutes at the end of class."

    Try some small dances, like the chicken dance or an easy version of the Macarena. Playground or children's party games might work also. I taught my graduating HS kids Heads Up, 7-up when we had a few...
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    Re: Items from Pred

    I think that's a decent price for good stuff. Personally I would upgrade the microwave to one with an oven eventually, but you'll want a standard microwave starting out. If I found out my successor...
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    Re: Gifts/Omiyage When Arriving

    You can buy maple cookies and maple syrup in Japan. I've found both at my local grocery. The problem with maple cookies is they aren't individually wrapped and will go stale FAST in summer if left...
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    Re: Student centred teaching plans for Elementary

    I think this is a good categorization of activities for learning points.

    The way I see student-centered learning is to start planning with the objective first, and then think of proof of how you...
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