Ahh arrangement #2. This was my second week of lessons and the first time I would be alone with my new teacher. Well not totally alone. I was wasn't the only student studying under her. Sometimes, there are women there taking lessons or finishing up when I arrive. Time is very flexible. I arrive after … Continue reading Weekly Ikenobo: Arrangemnet #2
Food and alcohol are undeniably an important part of Karatsu Kunchi. Locals open their houses to family, neighbors, friends, and even strangers to come and spend a little time eating and drinking. Most of the women and some of the men in the family will work tirelessly to prepare a variety and large quantities of food. … Continue reading Karatsu Kunchi: Feasting and House-hopping
Check out my pictures from Karatsu Kunchi 2017. The first slideshow is from the first night. Sorry if some of the quality is bad, all of these photos were taken with my iPhone. Day 2: The Sand Pull and too many people. And finally, a couple videos I took during the first two days of … Continue reading Karatsu Kunchi 2017 Album
After a year I am returning to Ikebana. I am excited to get back to my flowers. Originally, I was taking Ikenobo classes at the local community center in my neighborhood but it became too expensive in the long run. after a few months of quitting the community program, I found out that one of … Continue reading Return to Ikebana: Arrangement 1
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - Antoine de Saint-Exupér
"Remember that failure is an event, not a person." - Zig Ziglar
This post is originally from EdSurge and was posted on October 3rd.
I really like the idea of personalized homework. While it might take time prep assignments and build resources (hence one of the tips being ‘take it slow’), I believe it is worth it for both students and teachers.
“Autumn Hillis works with middle schools in the middle Tennessee region as an open educational resource curriculum specialist. She has taught at the middle school and high school level for six years with a focus in life and physical sciences. She is also currently working with Tennessee universities to train Tennessee science educators about personalized and project based learning.”
This post appeared in EdSurge, October 3, 2017
Differentiating content and instruction for each individual learner was once considered the pedagogical holy grail. Yet it could be tiresome. Offering three tiers of worksheets, four centers with varied ways to access content, or five levels of text was what defined a master teacher. But just as continual development of the iPhone eventually renders older prototypes obsolete; so too are new educational technologies pushing us past differentiation towards personalized learning.
Transitioning to a personalized learning environment doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a process. There…
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Life will send you important lessons to learn. And sometimes life has to send them again because you didn't learn your lesson the first time. That is what happened last weekend when I went to take the N4 JLPT. I studied for months and took two Japanese lessons per week so I could pass the exam. I … Continue reading JLPT Failure: Life Lessons, Culture Clash, and Sunburn
Fortunately, I didn't have to wait long for the rain to come. In the week after my first trip to the Ouchi Hydrangea Festival, it rained. By Friday, the rain had stopped and I dashed over to Ouchi after work to enjoy the refreshed flowers in the evening light. Along the way, I picked up … Continue reading After the Rain – Ouchi Ajisai Matsuri
I apologize for the lack of posts this month. I caught a bad bug earlier this month and was out of commission for about a week and then I had to play catch up at work. On top of that, we are preparing for the arrival of our new JET ALTs in Saga! It's an … Continue reading Ochi Ajisai Matsuri 2017