Teaching in Japan–What are your goals?

I am teaching in Japan now at a high school.  The classroom is each teachers temple, and teachers here are often left to their own devices.  This can be great, but if you want to more than that "funny foreign person," you need to succeed.  To do that, you need to have goals and plans to achieve those goals.…
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“What is a good education?” Is it learning innovation?

Teaching Innovation in Traditional Education Back to my previous question, "What is a good education?" In my last post, we looked at what many of those in business and political circles think is a good education--learning to innovate. We saw that some of these people think that this innovation will come only from long hours…
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Can students learn innovation through memorization?

Do you remember when you were a student in high school?  How many hours did you spend in classes?  Do you know? Certainly, hundreds, thousands perhaps.  Probably you don't even remember what classes you took. Did those classes help you become a creative innovator?  Did you learn the kind of imaginitive wizardry to conjure up…
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Novelty–different and new ideas are good for you

Beyond classroom education Novelty is an important idea in education.  I've seen it here and there, but basically it means that learning should be fun and new.  We should challenge our students with novel ideas in novel ways. Against that background, my colleague brought up a depressing story in the paper today.  In the largest…
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Brain Rules #3–Every Brain is wired differently, in other words, Multiple Intelligences

The rule is from the book Brain Rules.  It is not new though. You've seen this before. The idea of multiple intelligences, that we each learn in a different way.  We know this, of course, but we still often teach to a certain type of student in the class, somehow imagining that most of the…
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