The Five Best Companies To Teach For in Japan

Donald Ash Teaching English

People come to Japan for a planeload of different reasons. Some have an extreme fascination with Japanese culture: anime, J-pop, Japanese festivals, and the Japanese language. Other foreigners may be seeking a way to broaden their horizons, broaden their resumes, up their dating game (let’s be honest), or find a professional change of pace. Regardless of the reasons for coming, one of the common vehicles for people to realize their Japan dreams is through teaching English. Japan can offer the Continue Reading …

Learning Kanji: My Five Kanji Teachers

'Kanji'

“BING, BONG, BING, BONG, BING, BONG, BING, BONG.” That grandfather clock-like tone means that cleaning time is over, and it’s time for the noon break. For the last four days my noon break has been a little different than normal. Every day after lunch & shouji I’ve been getting schooled in the ways of Japanese kanji by five, fifth grade girls. Learning kanji isn't always easy, but hearing it from a Japanese kid's perspective was really interesting. These five students were some of my best Continue Reading …

How To Play Kendama (けん玉), Part 1

The main objective of the game is to either catch the ball on one of the cups, or if you’re bada$$ kendama player, you catch the ball on the spike.

Japanese bilboquet or Kendama (けん玉) is a game that’s been around for ages...in some way, shape or form, all over the world. Some people call it bilboquet, or the Bilbo Catcher, the cup and ball game, or the ring and pin game**. Since the origins of the game are unclear, I figured it's a good time to make up a Japan Guy story as to how kendama began, so here it goes: **I’ve heard this called bilboquet and the cup and ball game, but not the ring and pin or Bilbo Catcher. Thanks Waterloo Continue Reading …

Delayed Respect

Delayed Respect

By the end of the year I had a few of girls that I just couldn’t reach. No matter what approach I took, they never seemed to like English class very much. Not every student you teach is going take a liking to your teaching style or the subject that you teach. I do think a good teacher is able to get through to most of their kids, but I think it’s nigh impossible to get every single student to like you. One of the teaching struggles I ran into while teaching at a shogakko (Japanese Continue Reading …

7 Ways To Deal With Problem Students

ProblemKids

With the new school year starting and all, I felt compelled to write an article about the best ways to deal with a child that's misbehaving. If you're a teacher in America you can communicate to fully, in English, to those students when they are cutting up. Albeit if they're really bad kids, they're probably not going to listen to you, but you can at least communicate with them. In Japan, how to control a misbehaving kid who doesn't understand a lick of what you're saying? Can you just punch Continue Reading …