Monday was my first day at work…
I had most of my paperwork completed, but the fact that I go by Kate rather than Mary or Cathleen was a major source of consternation. I explained that it is somewhat common to use a nickname, but I couldn’t convince the person in charge to have my nametag read Kate.
So after two days of sitting in the office,
I was able to go out to one of the schools today with the young man who has done the job I have been hired for for the past four years. After a beautiful 45 minute drive over hills and south along the coast we arrived at Inokushi Elementary School with a total enrollment of 6. There were also about 8 adults who work at the school. The kids were engaged and they really enjoy learning English. it was impressive to hear them introduce themselves, especially considering they only have one 45-minute lesson a month. We worked with the 2 girls in 2nd and 3rd grade and then with the remaining 4 kids in 4th-6th grade. We all ate lunch together and then played Uno and played in their gymnasium (volleyball and unicyles!)
I have been hired as the Assistant Language teacher of English for all 33 elementary schools in the city of Saiki. That means that most days I will visit one school and meet with as many classes as I can and then come back to the office and prepare for the following day. Summer break begins around July 20th and lasts until September. I am expected to be in the office every day..I will work on materials preparation, lesson plans, Japanese, and I think I am going to try to develop some online materials to support the infrequent school visits.
The price of gas gas just gone up to about 173 yen per liter (about $6.90 a gallon!). I think I will be riding my bike a lot once the rainy season ends. The rice planting season is about to begin and the temperature is rising every day.
Progress on the kura
About the banner of this blog…I took the photo at Flamingo Jim’s at Rockaway Beach in Oregon. I often feel like like the gnome in the photo when I am in Kyushu.