So it’s been a life-long dream to a) live and b) work in an overseas country, and considering my various links to Japan (friends and some relatives, plus some high school exchange experience), it seemed like a natural choice. Not surprisingly perhaps (as in, the choice of job I will be doing), I have been accepted as an assistant English teacher and posted to a country city.
I’ve been trying to do my homework about the place, and I recently contacted someone who was posted there as to his opinions about teaching in that area. His response was surprisingly frank and often negative, at one point making it sound like I’ve been posted to a junior high school in, say, Compton (or something along the lines of having nightmare students) :eek:. I’m still keeping an open mind as everyone’s experiences are different (plus discipline is not one of my responsibilities). Still though, does anyone have tips or advice on how one should handle a classroom of such kids (12 - 15) in Japan - conflict resolution, that sort of thing?
On a more lighter (but no less stressful) note, the subject of gift-giving or omiyage. I know I’m over-thinking this, but I’ve been obsessed with what kind of gifts, the number of gifts to give a) my supervisors, b) principle and vice principle, c) the teachers in the staff room and/or the teacher I’ll be assisting and d) 12-15 year old Japanese teenagers (whether or not they be delinquents).
As you can imagine, I’m brimming over with excitement :), questions and anxieties :(. I’ll be leaving in 4 weeks.