Kyushu Festivals: Karatsu Kunchi – Day One

If you ever find yourself in Japan at the beginning of November, I implore you to make your way down south to the island of Kyushu to a city called Karatsu. It's nestled on the west coast of Kyushu and quite easy to reach from Fukuoka. November is the busiest time of the year for Karatsu. … Continue reading Kyushu Festivals: Karatsu Kunchi – Day One

Winning NaNoWriMo: Third time’s the Charm

It Has Begun!! It's that time of year again folks - the National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. This is my first official announcement. I am a participant. There! I admitted it. Even though I have failed spectacularly the last two times, I am determined to win this year. Yep, I going to … Continue reading Winning NaNoWriMo: Third time’s the Charm

Standing Up After Failing…Again

I fell off the Blog-Wagon again. It's been...YIKES! Two months?   A lot has happened in the past months; a new relationship ♥, new JETs arriving, visiting home after a year, and dealing with grief while abroad. It's not as if I haven't thought about blogging. I have brainstormed and drafted a bunch of posts. … Continue reading Standing Up After Failing…Again

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 arguing … Continue 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) with … Continue reading From the Finnish View: Reviewing Teachers as Leaders in Finland article PART 1