Hidden Curriculum–Cleaning the School

Students Cleaning the School? You have probably heard of “hidden curriculum.” What does this mean?  Hidden curriculum are things that students do in which they learn something important but are outside of classes or the normal educational course of study. One of the most interesting examples of hidden curriculum is cleaning the school. Everyday here in Japan, usually…
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Education, learning, and teaching in Japan

Japanese college students don’t want to study overseas.

Fewer Japanese students are studying abroad than just 8 years ago, and the number has been slowly declining. According to Tokyo Times, The number of Japanese students studying overseas peaked at 82,945 in 2004 and fell to 58,060 in 2010, according to the Ministry of Education. Fewer than 20,000 Japanese students studied in the United…
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Four effective techniques to help your students learn

Help your students to study wisely and learn better How can students learn more deeply and more effectively?  How can you improve your students results on tests?  How can you get them to learn more effectively? Recent research suggests many answers.  Today, I will talk about four ways to help your students help themselves.  Some…
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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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