but it was dropped because they couldn’t get permission from the original creator
BUT HOT DAYUM AT THE CONCEPT ART IT’S LITERALLY THE CUTEST THING…
(also the protagonist of Panda go panda was probably based on her design)
If you’ve been keeping up with my international preschool journey in Japan then you know I’m still new at this. It’s going on the 6th month of the school year and out of the 13 kids I have now 4 one-year olds seem to really be making progress I had no idea would occur now. When are kids suppose to start speaking? I still don’t know but I’m happy to have at least 4 kids who can repeat after me or when I point to a letter or a color card or a flashcard they can say the word. Now I’m starting to feel like a teacher instead of just a babysitter. Starting in September I will be changing up the routine a little bit in hopes they will be prepared for the next year’s class. That means a little more of a challenge especially for the youngest ones. It won’t be that different though.
I’m still glad that the school is brand new so I don’t have to follow a rigid curriculum but sometimes I wish I had more of a guideline I could follow. It looks like there are more books I could read for 3 year olds and up since, preschool usually means 3 years old to 5 or 6. Oh well I’m still enjoying the experience, especially now that I see the progress. Doing the same morning routine and not getting much out of the kids for over 3 months was a little draining and became boring for me. Looks like I have more to look forward to now.
Here`s the list of the few POC ladies and gentlemen that I follow personally who live and teach out this way! I am always looking for more but they seem to always find me first and I follow back!
I may have misspelled some people`s urls so please let me know if any of them don`t work correctly/ Also I hope I haven`t left anyone out so please hit me up if I did!
You`re going to have a great experience and I`m going to have to do some stalking of my own to read up on what it was like for you out in Indonesia and Turkey! That is so amazing!
Good luck on your trip over and I`m looking forward to your future posts! Don`t be a stranger!
Recently me and my friend been thinking about making a video series about being black in Osaka and/or Japan in general and wondering what kind of things my fellow brownies want to know. If you have questions please send questions my way. I’ll keep ya’ll updated about the video series. I can tell you one thing though…it won’t be made right away cuz it’s something I want to make properly and I also need to get back into editing.
I didn’t study education in university. I wanted to live in Japan from 2010 and my friend said she got a job working in Japan in the US. I worked in an English convo school for two years and the application process wasn’t that hard. I applied online had two interviews in NY and then bam! got the job. You just need your degree already and money to pay for your flight. Some companies/programs may pay for your flight though. Eng convo schools you can search are NOVA, Berlitz, Aeon, and then other companies that send you to public schools are Interac, JET and more but I can’t remember right now. Keep searching online and good luck. But I will let you in on a secret, a lot of people who work in these companies tend to dislike the whole thing after a year or two. I can say I am one of them. Luckily for me I found a job in an international preschool which is more interesting and challenging for me now.
Right now I teach in an international preschool where the main language is English therefore I’m not only teaching an English lesson I’m taking care of them in English the whole day. If you are talking about an English conversation school, I did that for 2 years and yes I needed a bachelors degree. Most schools if not all say you need. I don’t think it’s only just for visa reasons. As well as working in public schools as an ELT.
It looks like I’m liking my job more and more despite the feeling of exhaustion and stress and annoyance with miscommunication. Working in an international preschool in Japan where there’s only 3 people who can speak native English and one of them is from London (meaning we miscommunicate a lot as well) can be a challenge. What I do really like is the kids. I have the hardest class to look after, the 1 year olds. Not only do I have to teach them something in English (my morning lesson) but throughout the day I have to just basically take care of them and love them. It’s been 3 months with them and I’m attached already. At first I had a few favorites but now I really like all 14 of them. I do have an ultimate favorite of course but that’s probably because his parents are the sweetest to me (and can speak English) as well as the kid being really attached to me from the very the beginning. Either way I do like all my kids a lot.
This week was open class and all the parents were either moved and/or felt their kids are in a safe place after seeing our lessons. All of my kids parents are first time parents so they are all very worried putting their child in a place with non-family members. I would be too if I had a child. I love kids so I’m glad they could see that me and the other teachers in my class love them too and care about them.
I will continue to try hard at being a better teacher since this is my first year doing this. I did have experience teaching 6-8 year olds at the English conversation school in the past 2 years but 1 year olds are a totally different playing field. They lucky they cute haha. Also with working in a conversation school, the kid’s English didn’t improve as much as the kids I’m working with now because they only came once a week. Also since my school emphasizes in being bilingual they get to use both English and Japanese but the main language is English. Basically this means I still get to hear Japanese and learn some things with the kids but I still hardly use it because well I need to speak English with the kids. I’m okay with that but that means I still need to put an effort in practicing my Japanese on my own time.
Anyway, despite being tired and wanting to not think so much about work after it’s over, I still do. This weekend I will make some craft just to sing some song with the kids with a prop. I didn’t have enough time to prep this week so I’ll have to do it home. This is the first step of me loving my job, maybe. Or more so loving my kids even more. They deserve it.