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I really should have brought my laptop with me to work today... because my teacher that acts as my supervisor here doesn't have my schedule for the week, the classes are messed up anyhow b/c of exams and such, and he told me that I won't have classes today anyways. ]

And I don't have any classes tomorrow, either. ^^; I'm going to finish the book I'm reading before long and I can only bum around on the internet for so long--cause other people use the computers here.

*flops over and sighs* Maybe I can leave after I get my schedule for the week. I don't think there are any afternoon classes anyways. The schedule seems kinda wonky (shorter classes, which usually means nothing in the afternoon).

edit: teacher came RIGHT as I was posting this, gave me the schedule. Today in my one class, they're watching a movie. I can sit and watch the movie with them, or sit in the office. It's the Shawshank Redemption. I think I'll go to class. :D Tomorrow, no classes, of course-- Wed, two classes and Thursday and Friday each have one class, I believe. For some days (like today) I can leave after fourth period, cause there are meetings.

Again, I love this school. ^^

Plus, my teacher was giving my advice and talking with me about good classes and topics and how to format them and FEEDBACK is glorious and there is good chance he's transferring out next school year. WHHHHHHHHHHY am I losing the good teacher? He's made of all sorts of awesome and win and he's going to be leaving. ;__;
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and again it is proven that the internet is a very small place...

while talking on a LJ community, a person and I exchange comments back and forth. They are a teacher and I mention I'm an assistant teacher in Japan. The convo goes with them guessing I'm on JET, they had been teaching with JET for two years and just came home...

it eventually boils down to they taught in Kikuchi. The town I'm in. Go figure! I think they taught JHS, they know two of the ALTs here that are currently JHS teachers.

What are the chances? XD
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It's official now...

I am NOT recontracting for another year, I just handed in my paperwork concerning that.

Not that I don't love Japan and the area that I live in, but... I already stated my reasons why I wouldn't continue. ^^;
lazchan: (smiletoconfuse)
I think I've made my decision about re-contracting for JET.

I am pretty sure I won't--I've been debating why I'd stay and the most reason lean towards I &hearts Japan and not so much about teaching itself. I adore my students and the people I work with, but frankly--I suck at teaching. LOL

I wish I could be better at it, that I had more drive, but I still get nervous standing in front of people and teaching, trying to speak English with them (this goes double at my visiting school, where I see the classes so little). The students are hilarious and smart and I want to see all my of my 2nd years graduate high school, but... it's simply not the type of job I excell at and I hate feeling like I'm doing a bad job.

If it was just Japan, I'd stay here and enjoy it and visit everything I could in it. But teaching was never something I had studied, had planned to do, because fear of public speaking held me back a great deal. I struggle with making lesson plans and adopting them to the class and I am never sure how much English to use and how much explanation is needed.

I honestly wonder if the students learn anything at all from me. :P And it's not like I can ask the teachers I work with... *grins* because they're unfailingly polite and won't tell you that you're doing a bad job and if you say you are doing a bad job, they think you're being humble.

But I've thought about this for quite a while and went back and forth with several classes, days of work and plotting it against another year of it. I honestly think I'll be doing the kids and the program a disservice if I stay another year with my limited ability to teach.

I love the program and this has been one of the best, most unique experiences of my life and probably nothing can match it. But I'm also getting older and need to get started in the career I studied for, as well as furthering my own education in it. I don't just mean graduate school, but keeping up on the latest techniques, news and so forth.

Teaching was never my absolute thing and I realize now how badly I do at it. *laughs* So yeah... I think when it's time to sign the paperwork, I will regretfully decide to not re-contract.

Unless the teachers beg me or something. *laughs*
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Okay, so here we go with the weekend report of fun traveling stuff.

I met [ profile] baine at the bus station on Friday, late--SO glad the buses ran later than websites and other info said, we got back to my house pretty late. Still ended up talking a bit and tried to plan out what we were going to do the next day. Also had Taiyaki (the fish shaped bakery thing, usually filled with red bean paste, but we got a chocolate one)

Our first trip was to Mt. Aso, which was a ways away, but after several bus rides, train rides and more bus rides, we made our way up the ropeway to some beautiful scenery. There were tons of little stands up the way, and as we were browsing a sulfur stand (o.O) there was this "gajin, gajin!" We had to muffle our laughter and headed further up the slope. It was just amazing to see! Behind the cut are the pictures from Aso. Beware, there are a lot of them. ^^;

mtaso )

We went to Kumamoto City afterward and just bummed around town and tried to figure out what we were going to do when we came back. We traveled through several Arcades and got some dinner before heading back.

The next day was a three hour bus ride to Miyazaki City and to the infamous SeaGaia, an indoor beach. It's actually really cool--there are three water slides, different swimming pools and the 'ocean' beach area, with real waves that wash over you. There is even more major waves where people can surf on. Yes, I have pictures of that as well, and even a video of the surfing. It's not the best video (taken with my camera from a distance) but it shows the waves and stuff.

more pictures )

The third day (and final day, *sniff*) we went to Kumamoto City, to see the Kumamoto Castle, various shrines and famous homes of feudal lords, plus--shopping. =D Today involved a lot of walking, a few wrong turns and some awesome priests at one of the shrines. (They gave us a lift to the place we walked RIGHT BY earlier, go us and Laz's bad sense of direction and some confusing signs). The castle was pretty neat, I tell ya. It was mostly destroyed during Japan's last civil war, but restored beautifully. There were several buildings along the way to walk in (some of which had the original flooring, so no shoes and some creepy, creaky floors and narrow stairs...XD)

It was cool to imagine people living there and just existing. Some of the exhibits inside were cool--muskets and swords and clothing, boxes and daily living stuff--didn't take pictures of the stuff inside (I don't think it was allowed) but by the time we got to the top, we took pictures of the surrounding area. It was just gorgeous.

We walked around until we finally found the Gyotobei mansion, and it was just cool to walk around this place and I got a ton of pictures for it.

Afterward, we went to the Kamitori Arcarde, wandered a bit, hit Tsuraya (huge department store, we didnt even see it all) and had some yummy tempura lunch in one of the basement areas. We checked a few places to come back to buy more stuff, then we headed to the Shimatori Arcade where we had the Taiyaki we had the other day. (SO yummy, I want more of it. XDD)

[ profile] baine had to head back at 5, so we bought some shoes for our jobs and headed back to the bus station. It was a total blast, if exhausting and I can't wait to visit her in Sasebo in a couple of weeks. It's so quiet without her here! XD But I really did have fun and I have a day to recover before I go back to the school, where it's Sports Festival week and I get to cheer on the students. Whoot.

pictures of Kumamoto Castle area )
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Well, back from the land of not being able to use LJ... and many other sites as well. Woot! I again have my internet (at home, no less) and it only took me the month that it took everyone else. *laughs*

I'll start using my camera more, I promise and I'll post pictures of various areas in Japan, my neighborhood (which isn't all that photo worthy, but nearby there are apparently amazing spots) and my students.

Japan is rather nice--a bit humid and hot at the moment, and I swear the bugs are mutant bugs. They're huge and scary (the spiders are the size of my hand and more) and are inside my house. Tomorrow or Saturday I'm prevailing upon my neighbor to help me set off a bug bomb to kill any creatures inside my house but me. :)

My students are a mixed bag. Some are shy, some are perverts and then there are sweethearts--I've been asked my age lots of times and if I have a boyfriend... *laughs* some are noisy and then there are the ones that won't say a word. It's a little daunting still and I get nervous, but the time in class goes by much faster than I thought it would, so here's hoping I can still make everything cool for them. (self intros are boring, yo) Next week is sports week at my main teaching school, so I don't teach, but I "must cheer" for the students. No problems for that, I think it'll be awesome.

It's really kinda neat here and I think adjusting will be so much easier now that I have my crack internet life back at home. Skype and cheap phone calls, here I come!

Here are the pictures of my house--at least a few of the rooms. There's a giant spider in one of my rooms, not opening the door out of fear of releasing it. XDDD But it's about the same as the others, which I have pictures of. I'll take pictures of the town soon and the surrounding area. :)

house pictures )
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Alright all--

I'm in Japan and in Tokyo at the hotel. It's like... 5 something in the morning in Utah and I'm dead tired. More later.
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I'll be heading off to Japan tomorrow--

(why I am still awake when I'm getting up so early in the morning is beyond me, but there it is)

-- and so my net will be ...sporadic to non-existent until I get it set up at my apartment. For when I do update my Japan stuff, it'll probably by at my livejournal account for that purpose.

[ profile] laz_japan

See you all soon!
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I'm only hoping that it all works out, cause my visa application was incomplete, due to me not having the address of the place that I'll be working. I didn't even know the CITY until last night. >_>

*crosses fingers*
lazchan: (cat tea)
So I know what city I'll be in now!

(and what schools I'll be teaching at)

I'll be in Kikuchi City, which is about 45 north of Kumamoto City...

The two schools are...

Kikuchi Senior High School, which is my base school and (2) Kikuchi Agricultural High School.
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Annnnnd another update with JET

Dear JET applicants:

Congratulations on achieving participant or alternate status! Competition was fierce this year, so you must be very happy to have made it this far.

(and the cynical part of me wants to go "he's being nice and not trying to say "you didn't try hard enough, losers." =D)

but... I'll get the packet soon, fill it out and wait again. By the way this entire SEMESTER has flown by, a few weeks is nothing. o.O
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Dear Patricia Thacker,

It is our great pleasure to inform you that you have successfully passed the 2nd stage of the screening process for the 2007 JET Program and have been selected as an alternate Assistant Language Teacher. This means you are now on the waiting list to determine if you will participate on the Program this year. You may be upgraded to a “short listed” (placement pending) participant as early as the end of April, or as late as the end of October. Alternate candidates are asked to be prepared to leave on as little as two weeks’ notice.

Well, it's not what I hoped for-- b/c such little notice is rather... well, hard to deal with. And waiting yet again. That is frustrating and now I'm 'second-choice'. >_> I mean, I wasn't rejected totally, but still.....

Edit: I know it's not as bad as it seems, a lot of the alternates get promoted to full status-- but it's the waiting again. I can't exactly put my life on hold while I wait for someone to call or email me. It could happen in the next so many days, the end of the month--or sometime in the summer. Now, I have a job in the summer that I can work at, and my roommate suggested getting another campus job-- since I'll be a graduate, I can have a salaried position. I'll see what I can work out with that. Two jobs will help nicely with paying for rent and other expenses. And the second job will be something I can possibly keep if I never get called for JET.

It's terribly disappointing and frustrating all at the same time, but there isn't much I can do, except fill out the correct paperwork and hope for the best.
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I made it past the first stage for JET-- so I'm going to the interview sometime in February. ^__^


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