International Students and Two Year Colleges

Two year colleges and international education Lately, many international students are choosing to study at two-year colleges, or community colleges.  I noticed this a few years ago when some of the Japanese students I taught began looking for colleges to attend.  Why? Cost.  The cost of college is not cheap, and international students end up…
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What is so great about project-based learning?

What Is So Great about Project Based Learning? Project based learning.  We talk a lot about it.  Some educators say that students using project based learning outperform those who are taught by the standard (horribly boring) lecture method.  I am one of those, but what is so great about project based learning anyway? To answer…
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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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Daydreaming is just your mind using its excess capacity

image by Anca Mosoiu What is daydreaming? Do you have students who daydream?  Why do they do it? Well, that probably varies a little among individuals, but a report in Scientific American gave us some answers. Daydreaming is your brain putting its excess power to good use.  What does that mean? Well, think of your…
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