Advice to University Students about Teaching in Japanese Junior High Schools
Today, I listened to Mr.M's lecture. He is a teacher in Japanese Junior High Schools. His lecture benefited me. The contents of the lecture are as follows. First, the important things for teachers are smiles, greetings, responsibility and common sense. I also think so because stern visages hold off children and if we keep quiet, they will make (mental) walls toward us and we may have our own way but for responsibility. Second, we learned the difference between elementary schools and junior high schools. I think it is the expert knowledge they have, for example, if they are elementary school teachers, they must have knowledge of all subjects, but if they are junior high school teachers, they don't have to do, in other words, it is enough to have knowledge of only one. And another is the length of the time they come in contact with children, I think. He said it was how to move students, this was the most important. Next, I learned the important things for class. He said it was setting goals the most. I also think so because we can let them know the contents of the class and it goes on wheels. So, here I sum up my main points for readers.
1) Smiles---because these relax children.
2) Greetings---because they open themselves to others.
3) Responsibility---so that we don't trouble teachers.
4) Common sense---so that we can answer when they question.
5) Setting goals---so that we show them the things they should do.
My image of Japanese Junior High Schools is very quiet. As they are shy, they seldom speak. So, I think it is important to make circumstances they can speak. And another is a little active, for they enjoy because English is the subject they haven't experienced yet. So, they are eager to study English. Of course, his students, I watched the video, were getting down to studying English, too. His class was very interesting for me. For example, I was impressed that he used HG's "フォー" to teach "who~?". I think this interests them in it and I want to imitate this.
Finally, dear Mr.M, thank you for lecturing to us today.