More Hiragana Faces

On the top left we have the henohenomoheji face , on the top right we have the hetoshi face ('to' in this case just means the word and).  In the bottom center we have the rutokutoshi face or ru and ku and shi face.  I thought this was pretty interesting.

This is a follow-up to my no, no, mo, he face post. After writing that article, one of my students, Kumiko, mentioned more that could be added to the hiragana face. I thought is was pretty cool, and then when I was buying a kanji practice notebook, I found that there were two other types of hiragana faces. I wonder what other ones there are, or what other ones I could come up with. Do you know of any others? See you next time, Donald Continue Reading …

What Type of Student Do You Like Teaching Most?

Indifferent, hell spawn, pointdexter, class clown, crazy, inquisitive, mysterious

Ten years. I sometimes can’t believe that I’ve been teaching for a little over ten years now. This means two things: 1) I’m starting to feel dirt old and 2) I’ve had the fortune of encountering all kinds of different, fascinating students. Students can be fascinating for many different reasons. I have had students that were incredibly receptive, and quite easy to teach. I have had others whose behavior was bad enough to make my nose-hairs go gray. Through the years, there are students that Continue Reading …

The Cup Motor: A Cool Science Experiment

The completed cup motor circuit

The same teacher I mentioned in my “Science Wizard” post showed me another cool experiment that some of his fifth graders were working on. He told me that they were making simple motors in class, and I always thought stuff like that was cool, so I asked him about it. He showed me the basic setup and it was some real McGuyver-type stuff* Using tape, two magnets, two paper clips, sandpaper. a copper wire coil, a battery and two wires, you can make your very own electromagnetic motor! You Continue Reading …

Japanese Elementary School Perks

Oishi-so!!

One of the cool things about teaching at a Japanese elementary school is that sometimes, after work, they prepare food. Granted, it’s not usually a four course meal or anything, but it is quite tasty. On one of the colder days last week (winter is rearing his frigid head) one of the teachers prepared a suiton soup. If you’re not familiar with suiton, the best way I can explain it is that it’s kind of like a dumpling made of flour. On a cold day like this one, a bowl of this hot soup, Continue Reading …

A Pile of Smashed, Luxury Cars

Arrgh!

This was a weird story I saw about a pileup of luxury cars in Shimonoseki, Japan. The people involved were headed to a motor festival in Hiroshima. According to the report, eight Ferraris, a lambourghini, and three Mercedes were wrecked in the accident. Hearing stories like these make your stomach sink, even if you're not big into cars (like me). Those cars are SOOoo expensive. To see so many smashed at one time, is like "UGH!" Anyway check out the video below: It's a miracle that Continue Reading …