The Fish Out Of Water Video Series

Thinking of Teaching in Japan? This video course was made just for you!

Hey everybody! Yes, I know the timing may be a bit weird, but I wanted to finish this before going into 2016. Thank you to everyone to who took the time to fill out survey responses. I read every, single one of them. It's finally finished! Here is the Fish Out of Water Video Series: Teaching in Japan. To those who are truly interested in teaching in Japan, this is my best stuff! The aim is to help you understand ALL of the ins and outs of living and teaching abroad as well as how to go Continue Reading …

Why I Stopped Teaching as an ALT in Japan – Part 2

Why I Decided to stop Doing ALT Work in Japan 2

HEALTH REASONS I don’t know if it was an weight-training or karate-related injury, but during the past six months I starting developing some pretty serious shoulder and knee pain. I later found out it was related to arthritis trouble (Really? In my early 30’s!?!?!). There were days where the pain was bad enough to just want to skip work altogether. I couldn’t for the life of me, understand why I was having more health issues than ever during my short stint as an ALT. It’s really strange, Continue Reading …

Why I Stopped Teaching as an ALT in Japan – Part 1

Why I Decided to stop Doing ALT Work in Japan 2

I remember making the decision to quit my job as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with Interac like it was yesterday. I remember the anxiety, I remember thinking "How am I gonna explain my reasoning to people?" Why did I stop? Where do I begin? Well, I guess we’ll just take it from the top... I had been working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with the dispatch company Interac for about a year-and-a-half when I decided to stop teaching. This decision wasn’t a sudden one at Continue Reading …

Chocolate-Colored Sensei

Creepy Chocolate man

Unless I have something extremely pressing to do, I always help the students clean after lunch. As my students and I were cleaning on this one particular day, I was in the hallway sweeping and I overheard some of my 2nd graders randomly calling out colors in English. My ears quickly zeroed in on this conversation. These students were actually practicing the colors we had been working on in a previous lesson. They made it into a game. One kid would call out a color in English and then Continue Reading …

Huh? Japanese Kids Clean their Classrooms?!?

Jin Cleaning

One of the things that made my jaw drop as a first-time teacher in a Japanese public school (in a good way) was seeing teachers and students, nearly every single school day, scrubbing, wiping and cleaning their classrooms...their school...together. Yes, there is a staff member who helps to take care of some of the odds and ends that don’t get taken care of (like the emptying the trash in the the copy room, or keeping the staff kitchen clean), but by and large EVERYONE is responsible for Continue Reading …