June Reading List: JLPT Prep

I can’t believe May is already over. And I can’t believe there is only one month left until the JLPT Test in July. I’m not sure if I’m ready. My Kanji recognition has gotten better and my reading is faster but is it enough to pass the JLPT N4 test? June will be spent StudyingContinue reading “June Reading List: JLPT Prep”

From the Finnish View: Review Part 2

Teachers and Leadership In part 1 of the review, I ended with a quote on how Finnish teachers perceive their careers as professional with obligations and responsibility. This does not mean teachers or the general population of say – the United States would claim the opposite for American teachers. Actually, I imagine many people arguingContinue reading “From the Finnish View: Review Part 2”

From the Finnish View: Reviewing Teachers as Leaders in Finland article PART 1

The first reading I tackled for week one was also the shortest. Written by Sahlberg in 2013 “Teachers as Leaders in Finland” for Educational Leadership Magazine,  is an article discussing the idea of teachers are leaders in Finland’s schools and the lessons that can be learned from the Finnish experience. Since surprising the world (themselves included) withContinue reading “From the Finnish View: Reviewing Teachers as Leaders in Finland article PART 1”

Introducing: The Ghost Student

Last year when I started this blog I also stumbled upon the website of renowned Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg. On his website he talks about his current position as a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. For the first time in my life I wished I was a Harvard student.Continue reading “Introducing: The Ghost Student”

ALT Perspective: NPR ‘How To Be A Great Teacher’

JET ALTs reside in the limbo of teaching. We are Assistant Language Teachers, the keyword being assistant. Many of us didn’t, and will never, get a TOEFL certification; not to mention the majority didn’t study education or Japanese in college/university. That doesn’t stop us from wanting to be in Japan and believing in the potentialContinue reading “ALT Perspective: NPR ‘How To Be A Great Teacher’”