Monday, September 18, 2006
The last couple of weeks have gone by rather quickly, and much has happened. I've jumped in head-first into my new school life here in Kasukabe. The school that I am currently teaching at is called Midori Junior High. It is a school of about 450 kids. The first thing that I noticed when I arrived was how friendly the students and staff are. The kids walk up to me all the time and try to start conversations with me in English, which was a rarety in Yashio. I've been doing self-introduction classes and the like for the last 2 weeks, so I think I have had a chance to meet all 450 of the kids. Now if only I could remember their names! I have also started teaching at the Elementary schools, which are always a blast. I am to do a demonstration class for about 30 teachers next week with some 5th graders, so that should be fun.
This past weekend I was also a judge at the Yashio English Speech competition. It was nice to go back to my old city and see some of my former teachers and students. I was hoping that some kids from my last school (Hachijo JHS) would make it wasy for me to vote for them to win, but they were upstaged by some other kids from another school who did some fairly complex and well done speeches. Fun times were had.
Natsumi arrives home on Friday and I couldn't be more excited. We will have a couple of days to relax together and then its off to Okinawa for some R 'n R. Can't wait! I will definetely put up some pictures and video links here. Wait and see.
The picture above is a view of central Kasukabe from the blacony of my apartment. It's not a terribly big city, but its comfortable. More to come soon!