So You Want to Be An English Teacher in Japan?

Greetings All Aspiring Teach in Japan Expats. Today I'm pulling back the curtain on the Fish Out of Water Video Series! Although it has been available for purchase on Gumroad, I wanted to show the Japan Guy readers more of what it actually is. So here is glimpse at four full videos from the Fish Out Of Water Video Series. Please enjoy them, watch them as much as you like. If you would like to buy the full series, it's $25 over on Gumroad, but I have a special offer for those of you willing to Continue Reading …

Why I Stopped ALT Teaching in Japan

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

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?!?

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 …

What Teaching Superpower Do You Have?

I was making my "Wonder Goo" run the other day, it’s this super store with video games, dvds, books, and all kinds of other cool stuff. As I was walking through, being the nerdboy that I am, I stopped because I saw a cool-looking X-Men First Class, DVD display. I watched some of the scenes, and thought about how much I enjoyed the movie when I saw it in the theater. It’s superhero movies like those that take me back to my old comic book days. My brain started making weird connections it always Continue Reading …