A Profile of an EdGlo-19 Student

Avery Holm Born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, USA. Educational background She grew up in the local public school system. In the local high school she joined the Arts Magnet Program where core subjects (English, science, social studies, etc.) were taught as interdisciplinary subjects with art. Across four years she explored creative … Continue reading A Profile of an EdGlo-19 Student

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

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 potential … Continue reading ALT Perspective: NPR ‘How To Be A Great Teacher’

Blooming Mondays: Get Well Soon

Big thanks to my classmate who brought over these flowers when I was ill. This Monday's arrangement is my personal get well card. The Flowers I normally take the flower picture on my phone but it died in the beginning so the pics are on my big camera instead. I will update during the week. … Continue reading Blooming Mondays: Get Well Soon

Results and Lessons from the JLPT N4 Exam

On a whim I decided to take the JLPT N4 test last December. For those scratching their heads in confusion this is the official Japanese Language Test that is taken in Japan ans around the world. Japanese language programs encourage or require students to take these exams as they are the official certification for Japanese … Continue reading Results and Lessons from the JLPT N4 Exam

Returning Results: An Observation of Tests in Japan

*The picture is from the Studio Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart* Today we returned test scores to the first years at Seaside Junior High. Returning tests is a universal experience for students around the world. Some students are indifferent while others are sending quick prayers and crossing fingers in hopes to get a good … Continue reading Returning Results: An Observation of Tests in Japan