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 …

Which Picture Do You Like Best?

Sketches for the JapanGuy

Hey gang, working on a little project for thejapanguy and I wanted to get your feedback. Even if it's been a while since you've commented, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you had to choose ONE of these pictures as your favorite. Which one would you choose? Feel free to say why you would choose it, too. The comments section is all yours! 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 …

What Teaching Superpower Do You Have?

What Teaching Super Powers 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 …