2007年05月03日

Short Essay Training

Though I am get used to memorizing significant issues of education, I found myself lack of the amount of training for a short essay.

As I always update my blog and write an essay in English, I think myself good at writing essay. However, I have to test my essay skills in education.

However, I do not find the place to do so yet. Maybe, education branch would have such a service. I have to check the system.
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2007年05月02日

Documents for Absence

I wrote official documents for student teacher program and handed it to the office. In addition, I have to write documents for official absence. Otherwise, the absence will affect my mark negatively.

This is tough because I have to write over 20 pieces of document manually. I have to write my name, subjects, the name of tutors and the location of my high school on all paper.

However, my friend told me that the officer usuall tells students to full with the identical issues such as name, the name of school and the location. My officer did not tell so and she just gave me the set of paper. Maybe, she was annoyed or forgot to do so.

I finished writing the documents and am supposed to hand it to each tutor.

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2007年05月01日

Noisy Class Part.2

As I wrote before, I take a class about school counceling on forth period. As I also write before, some students' attitude is so bad because they chat despite class. I can understand the action if they discuss the issue they did not understand. However, their chat has nothing to do with the class.

I was annoyed at them, needless to say. I did come here to study the counceling seriously. In the former sham exam, the are about psychology was not good because I have never had a class. In fact, I answered questions asking other areas of which I took class very well. (I still had some mistakes though) So, I decided to study this area hard in the class.

Moreover, I attended this class with kicking off the training of interview. That fact accelerated my anger. Are they really motivated to study? I can strongly say "No".

The tutor was "moved" (funny point) at their bad attitude. He decided to have students write a report "Why do not some students stop chatting during class?" in 400 letters.

I said to him "I can not help writing only my anger and complaint." Anyway, I do not like to write such a stupid report for the bad students.

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2007年04月28日

A sleep in spring does not remind us of morning

Though I feel myself repeating this truism every year, I can not wake up early on holiday. In my plan, I was going to study for the exam today. But, as I woke up at 1:00 and I did not study as much as I was planning.

This is a bad situation. I will do my best...
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2007年04月27日

Volunteer Interpreter

I decided to take part in a volunteer activity 2 months later. I will be an interpreter for the students who want to study in Australia.

Though the date is in the weekend when the student teacher program will proceed, I want to make a good use of my interpreting skills acquired in the univerisity I studied at.

Surprisingly, Australian consulate organizes the event. I can make a good career under authority.

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2007年04月26日

Visiting my high school Part.2

I visited my high school to have a meeting about my student teacher program beginning on March 28th. The other orentation will be organized on another day, but I am supposed to talk with an English teacher privately.

I told coming to the school in the afternoon today. But, the receiver thought that I would have contact with the English teacher privately. So, he did not tell the English teacher that I would come. The English teacher was not in the high school due to a meeting at Kobe. So, I talked with another teacher.

I am supposed to have all types of class; Oral Communication, Reading and Grammar. However, the detail is not decided yet. Maybe, I am going to have second grader during the program.

I also visited ESS club. The students were amazed at my visit. I used English almost all time. Though I talked with them slowly, they could not catch me. I have to consider about the talking speed in the class.

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2007年04月25日

Noisy Class

I am annoyed at the noise in the 5th period class. The tutor changed classroom due to the number of students. That made him use a microphone to talk.

However, the sound of chat prevents from listening to his speech. Although the class is interesting, some students interfere the class.

Interestingly, students on front seats do not speak at all. They always try to listen to the class. On the other hand, students on backforward seats always talk with their friends. They would not be motivated to take part in the class.

Anyway, I want them not to prevent the class.

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2007年04月21日

Group Interview

The whole meeting of the education navigation was organized today. It is held to have a preparation activity for group interview in the teacher examination. The students invite some teachers in charge of education and they interview the students. I took part in this significant activity.

The practice was organized three times. Students are supposed to take part in the interview once. Actually, I have never had opportunity to have an interview in this style. I made a lot of mistakes.

First of all, I entered the room first, and I did not know that I had to wait to sit until the interviewers give the direction. The second person taught me that quietly. Oh, my god, this is a significant mistake... Anyway, I kept in mind that this is just a practice and it is possible that I will make a mistake. Without the advice, I will definitely make the mistake in the real test.

The interviewer asked me to speak my appeal point. I told that I have experience to go abroad and contribute the education in Japan in raising an international person. At this time, I made a second mistake. I did not have to stand up when I speak something. The interviewer pointed that out. Though I made a mistake again, I told myself to be calm.

The last question asked us how we should make a caution for students who were smoking while we are going around the school. When I showed my answer, I was confused a bit. I knew the solution that we should call another teacher and give guidance in case female students say "the teacher had a sexual assalt to me." However, the fear that the interviewers would ask specific questions to me occupied my brain. While I was talking, I was also thinking about the answer. That led the confusion.

Interviewers pointed out our pose at interview in the feed back of the first interview. Male is supposed to put their fists on their knee and straighten his spine. We also look at the speaker's eyes. In group interview, the participants are supposed to cooperate the interview. Therefore, even if our speech finishes, we cannot ignore other people's speech.

As for the contents, my self appeal was too short, and it was not unique; the interviewer has ever heard the speech similar to mine. In order to pass the interview test, self appealing plays a significant role. Speakers must say something unique and siginificant as a teacher.

As I could not convince myself, I challenged the interview in the third. (The number of participants was less than it was expected.) I kept the theory given by the interviewers, and I talked fairly slowly in the interview in this time.

In the second question, I was asked how to praise a student. This is a difficult question for me because I have ever heard "good teachers do not praise their pupils". If a teacher praises his or her student, the student will do the same thing that the teacher praised only. Thus, they do not focus on their problem, and they can not improve their faults. Therefore, a good teacher always points out their fault without praising. When the pupils perfectly do thier task, the teacher just nods without saying anything.

My opinion was that a teacher should focus on what students do, and if they achieve something, I will praise the student. The answer does not hit the question; how do you praise? As it is possible that this kind of question will be asked, I should consider about the answer.

However, the interviewer praised me because I offered my answer much better than the first time. All I have to do is increase the amount of practice and feed back each practice.

The praise encouraged me, and I found the significance of "praise".

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2007年04月20日

The class of literature

I am currently taking a English literature class in my course. In my image, it is necessary to read many books and novels to take a literature class.

However, the lecturer introduce a movie about the book. We are studying Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", famous as the origin of American literature. This story describes the adventure of a boy named Huk and a black man to aim for their own utopia.

The them is very complex though fairly easy English word is used in the novels. This book criticizes the unfair in the American society in the 19th century filled with greed and violence. I am looking forward to the conclusion.


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2007年04月18日

English blog ring

I joined English blog ranking. The number of visitors has recently been delining. So I decided to try to increase the number.

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2007年04月17日

Teacher Examination Orientation

The orientation of teacher examination in Osaka was organized today by my university. My university invited the members of the education committee in Osaka, and they presented the test style and requirement of the teachers.

Osaka education comittee is intending to revise the sytem of high school and junior high schools. The contents are to revise the credits system and the system of expert high schools for students to challenge the entrance examination of university. (The students are usually supposed to find a job under status quo.)

The test will be organzised in the middle of July. Though this is the first test, the interview test will be performed, too. I am ready for the writing test, but I found myself lack the interview test. I have to consider about the problem.
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2007年04月16日

Education job navigation

The students who aim to be a teacher organize a group like a club activity in my univserity. They invite a education teacher and ask the advice to take the examination in the school. They also perform a sham class by themselves.

As I left from Japan for a year, I do not know how to prepare for the examination very much. Especially, the concern about interview test has raised in myself. So, I decided to take part in this activity.

I am supposed to hold a sham class on 28th of May. I am preparing for the class.
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2007年04月14日

Fortunetelling Part.3

I went to Koube to meet a fortuneteller whom my mother knows. I annually have my destiny looked by the fortuneteller.

This counseling is to get advice whether I take the examination of teacher in Koube, Hyogo or Osaka. According to the tarot card, I am afraid to take the test in Hyogo and Koube. This would be because my university provides some seminars to pass the exam in Osaka and I do not make a plan for Kobe and Hyogo. This leads my anxiety to take the exam there. Concerning about my mentality, I was recommended to take the exam in Osaka.

I also asked her about taking the TOEIC test. This year is the best to take exam for job and certificate for me, she said. All I have to do is make an effort to keep my luck.
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2007年04月13日

Presentation and Additional Class

I organized a presentation about my campus life in Australia and my graduate thesis today. I made a PPT file for the presentation. It took a fairly long time, but it became a good PPT.

First of all, I had a presentation about my campus life. As I want to make a mood that I came back from Australia, I used the English language. As I could not memorize the scrpt, I talked with it. In Australia, it is common that speakers see the script at a presentation or speech. I am so confident to have a presentation in such a manner.

Secondly, I had a presentation about my graduate thesis. I am going to write a graduate thesis about loan words utilizing the knowledge about history of the English language. I just hold a presentation about general knowledge of loan words. As I am required to mention to the meaning of each word, I used both English and Japanese.

The presentation was succeeded very well. It proceeded as I imagined while I was making the ppt file. However, some students pointed out that my speech was fairly fast. Rather than I talked fast, I did not put an interval, and the audience could not sum up their thoughts. Moreover, some accents were incorrect in my speech according to the instructor. Though they are not cruel mistakes, I would like to speak English perfectly. I should consider about these mistakes.

I must take an addtional class in 5th period.

Fifth Period
Advanced British and American literature

This course focuses on English literature in 18th century. As I do not know the English literature very well, I will study hard the area.
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2007年04月12日

Class on Thursday

Second Period
Advanced Linguistics

Though the name is Advanced Linguistics, this course focuses on intepreting theory from the point view of psychological lingusitcs. I learned interpreting theory somehow and I know that they are significant to be a good interpreter. This course may contribute to raise my English ability.
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2007年04月11日

Class on Wednesday

Second Period
Business English

This course is designed to acquire business English. Though I do not have to take this class due to the credit exchange system, I do not want to come to university only after noon. So, I will try this class.

The lecturer decided to organize a class in English as much as possible to be ready for whole English class beginning next year. This encourages me to use English.

Fifth Period
Human Existence Theory

This class focuses on the theory of human existece. In other word, we will think about what human is. This is compex and philosophical issue. I have to write a report by next class.
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2007年04月10日

Class on Tuesday

Second period
Advanced Methodology of English Education

This class focuses on the methodology of English education more specifically than former Methodology of English Education.

I did not know that I do not have to take this class compulsorily. As this is not a compulsory class, few students take this class. Today, only two students including me attended this class.

The content, however, was very impressive for me. We watched a video of English class in a high school in Osaka. The teacher in the video studied materials so hard that he hold a class in English. He also consider about students very much. For instance, he uses Flash cards with both English and Japanese language. This helps students understand meaning and word at the same time. I want to be such a teacher.

Forth Period
School Counseling

This class focuses on school counseling. My impression is a little bit bad. The contents looked very good. However, the students' attitude was very severe. They chatted loudly and I could not concentrate on the lecturer's speech. Anyway, I hope this class will go on well.

Fifth Period
Advanced English Lingusitics

This class focuses on English linguistics specifically. Especially, this class treats semantics theory. The former lecture was so good and I expect this class as well. The impression was good today.
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2007年04月09日

Class on Monday in 2007

Forth Period
Moral Education

This class treats moral education in junior high school. Though I do not have to take this class, I will try it because I have no class to take on this day. (This is just my favour.)

Today, the teacher introduced the aim of this class. Moral is to teach students "the Golden rule". Though this is not only to teach, the teachers end up teaching this. The golden rule is commonly seen in the teaching of great figures in religeon such as Jesus. The principle indecates to do what you want to do for other people. On one hand, Confucius also claims "Do not do what you do not want to be done to others". This is the basic ethic principle of all religeon and also connects to ordinary moral.

We are supposed to make a guidance plan to teach student the action which suits for a situation.
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2007年04月08日

Introduction of Powerpoint

I tried to introduce Powerpoint to my computers. I am supposed to organize a presentation about my university life in Australia and Loan words in seminar. It is useful for me to use Powerpoint.

However, my computer does not have Powerpoint. Actually, I can make a ppt file in my university. But, it is troublesome to go to university everytime I make ppt file. So, I decided to introduce Microsoft powerpoint into my computer.

I borrowed Microsoft office from my father. I installed only ppt. However, it did not work although I typed the product ID. The soft indicates that there is no file to update and install sequence was failed.

It seems that my computer does not have a soft to update to Micrsoft office. Therefore, I can not install Microsoft Powerpoint. I am going to find another way to install ppt.
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2007年04月07日

Student teacher orientation

Today, the orientation of teacher student was organized. I have no class to take on Saturday, however, I had to go to my university.

Though this is called "orientation", the content was like a class. As student teacher is a significant part of teaching course, the lecturers force student to be in tention. If a student is not serious, the credit of my university will drop. Therefore, the mood of the orientation was not relaxing us.

What I must do is first to get a certificate to take the course. As I am aiming for high school certificate, I have to be in high school for two weeks.

Then, I have to fill in the documents to hand in the university. I am also required to note the location of my school to go in the documents. This should be written specifically.

This experience will be signifcant for me to be a teacher. I will do my best.
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