Back to School


School has started up again, but I won’t teach any classes until Friday. This can be the most boring time of the year when it seems that work has started but it really hasn’t. I am feeling a little anxiety about Friday because it will be open house. Nobody is ever certain who might show up to watch on those days and the students are probably still in summer vacation mindset.

Adding to the stress this year is the lack of preparation meetings. Real teachers were given extra time off this summer, so while I was sitting in empty school offices to not burn my remaining holidays, the teachers were off enjoying themselves and we couldn’t meet up to discuss how to approach the second term.

With all that time away from work, you would think there were lots of stories to tell; but, almost without exception, teachers here feel an aversion to ever admitting they were not busy or – worse yet – they enjoyed themselves. Asking about the holidays always nets some answer filled with vaguaries and mumbles which generally ends in whining about some professional development meeting they had one day.

Along with the new term, I will be turning a new leaf and trying to post more regularly again. Lots has been going on, including some travel, some learning, and some personal development.


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4 Responses to “Back to School”

  1. Stefanie Says:

    Wow, and I thought Americans were high strung and concerned about appearing to not be doing anything even on vacation! Hope Friday went well!

  2. びっくり Says:

    Friday went pretty well and I was allowed a slightly early departure to go home and relax before Japanese class.

  3. kevenker Says:

    Looking forward to more frequent posts. I need to start checking in here regularlry again!

  4. びっくり Says:

    Keven – sorry that things haven’t been so active on here. Lots of personally demoralizing things in my life the last couple years. Trying to get those things behind me, but either way my resolution this year is “to live”. Even with trials and struggles I should not shrink and die.

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