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01 September 2006 @ 11:02 pm
day one: survived!  
so i survived the first day of school at tsurui jr. high. not only did i find the school, but i managed to find parking without killing anyone. there weren't any real classes, and it looks like i won't actually have any of those until sometime near the end of next week (the kids have tests for the first few days back, apparently). today, it was just the teachers' meeting where i practiced my speech in front of the faculty (and got a little help on a tricky sentence from one of the english teachers). the english teacher i talked to, ise-sensei, was very nice, and gave me a chart with all the teacher's names and seating arrangement on it so i can learn who is who more quickly. i'll be spending the next week at that school, so hopefully i'll have everybody's names and subjects down by then. next was the start of the year ceremony where the kyoto-sensei (vice-principal) told the kids everything in my speech before i gave it (sneaky trick!), but at least they got to listen to me say it in English first. what was worse than giving away the speech though was that he told them all i was zyoozu at japanese! now they know they don't have to speak english with me to communicate. oh well, i'll just have to find another way to motivate them to practice english with me. i found out the school is surprisingly small--all three grades together is still less than 130 students. they sang the national anthem, the school anthem, there were some awards i didn't understand, and then it was pretty much go back to the teacher's room for another hour and then go. went to the board of ed. to get some paperwork done on my car insurance, and that was it for today. still don't feel like a teacher yet, being that i didn't teach anything, but i'm sure it'll start happening soon...thanks again to everyone for all the encouraging comments and advice. you guys are the best. let's hope you're all right! hehe.
Mood: alive! not dead! so far so good!
Mandafee_b on September 1st, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
god damn that had to be neat.
I just thought I would share my school anthem from when I was in elementary school. lol. maybe you're interested?

The school was Horace Mann Elementary School, mascot the dragon.
Sung to the tune of the mickey mouse club. of COURSE.

H-O-R-A-C-E-M-A double-N
Horace Mann
(We're the dragons!)
Horace Mann
(We're the dragons!)
Forever let us hold our standards high!
Come along and sing our song and join our family...
H-O-R-A-C-E-M-A double-N

if you ever figure out the school anthem, you should tell it to us. =) nothing beat horace mann though. heehee
Ed-gar Mack-Feydolorouschilde on September 1st, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
This Horace Mann school didn't happen to be in Boston, did it? :) There are a lot of them, so the odds are pretty small. But let me know if so!
lady_mclady_mc on September 1st, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
can't you just see my little deaflets trying to sign that?! I should suggest it to the principal!

Mandafee_b on September 2nd, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
nah, it was in Missouri. It's such an awful name, it's too bad there are so many schools named after him, but I guess Horace was all into edjikashun and sheeit.
Ed-gar Mack-Feydolorouschilde on September 2nd, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
I just call him and his schools "Horse-Man" instead of "Horace Mann." It's pretty juvenile, but it lets me pretend he was a circus freak instead of a famous edjikatur, so it keeps me giggling. I think I'd rather go to or work at a school named for a circus freak than anyone who pleased enough people to have a school named after him.
Ed-gar Mack-Feydolorouschilde on September 1st, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Go go gadget MEPK! Hehe. Glad that your first day went well. I am finally producing worthy material for you! Call of Cthulhu will be recorded and edited by the end of the week, and should even include a Reader's Commentary for it that is actually just me reading some of the interesting annotations from the book that I couldn't read while actually narrating the story! Haha. I hope it's fun. I'll probably just put it up on filefront.com
madbibliomancer: happymadbibliomancer on September 1st, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
You're going to do great, your students are lucky to have you!
S0n of N00nbibble on September 2nd, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
just think: you taught ME everything i know. how hard could this be?
Shibs Viciouselectriccandle on September 2nd, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
i'm glad it went well!