My morning pre-school class on Tuesday was a lot easier than usual. The kids were doing a presentation for their parents that day, and so they didn't have time for me to do my usual 30 minutes per class. My first class was the same as usual, but then they put all of the other three classes together and I just taught them for 30 minutes together. It makes it kind of hectic and it's harder because each class is at a different level so I kind of have to make it work for everyone... that can be a good thing though, because I was basically able to teach my younger kids "My name is ~" because I asked it to all my older kids. Anyway, it became 1 hour's work instead of 2 and I'll still get paid for the second hour because the pre-school doesn't communicate those little changes to my company. Lucky for me.
Recently, the JT who subs my Tuesday afternoon pre-school lessons has been disappearing a lot during the lessons. I appreciate that she trusts me enough to leave me with them alone, but I really think my first class needs her there the whole time. They're only 3/4 years old and as soon as she leaves they go crazy. Two kids got into a mini fight and started crying. I don't have the authority to control them, especially as I don't want to start speaking Japanese to them. My job is to be there as the English teacher, but it's the pre-school staff's job to deal with other issues. I'm happy to help where I can, but I can't do everything. My second class is fine and I don't mind her not being there because I like the responsibility, but I'd prefer her to be there for the first. Still, I love that place so much. If I could be there every day, I would be. As soon as I walk through the door all the kids, whether they take my classes or not, yell my name and run up to me. It's like being a mini-celebrity, lol. And the staff are really nice, too.
Between Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I taught 11 Japanese teacher lessons (it would have been 12 but no students showed up for one class so I was able to leave early). When we have office weeks, it means we're either on call for people calling in sick, or already scheduled to cover lessons for people on vacation. This can be for both our normal native teacher lessons, or for Japanese teacher lessons. Wednesday was a last minute cover call, and I had been scheduled for the other days.
Honestly, the Japanese teacher's lessons are a lot easier to prepare for, and in general a lot more rigid and therefore easier to teach, but the fact remains that they're not my regular style of classes and so I do get worried about doing it wrong. I arrived super early each day to make sure I knew what I was doing, especially because it's embarrassing if the students know the routine better than I do. I try to put a lot more fun into the lessons than the Japanese teachers do though. One kid said, "(Japanese teacher)-sensei doesn't do things like this!" and he was super happy. All we did was play a bomb game, it wasn't anything particularly special, but I was glad he had fun XD
The Friday school was interesting because as I hadn't spoken to the Japanese teacher in person to confirm the schedule, and because I hadn't met her before, for some reason she thought I was male. So she had told all of the kids some mysterious male teacher was going to come and teach them, and then I showed up. XD I only actually found out this was the case when my last class of High School girls told me. She probably got it wrong because she heard my name and spelt it "Joshy" when she wrote it on the calendar, lol. When I saw it I said to myself, "who is Joshy-sensei?" and then I realised.
Anyway, whenever I go to other people's schools I always think the kids are a lot better behaved than my students (I have a lot of bad classes...) so it's nice and refreshing but makes me wonder why my students can't be like that.
Right now I'm partway through a three day weekend. I spent my day today watching various non-Japanese TV shows (the final of Celebrity Big Brother, and some movies and random panel shows) while cleaning my living room. I got rid of a lot of junk that has been lying around which felt refreshing. I also actually took up my rug and hung it over my balcony to air and get the dust out, which I've only ever done once before since I bought it. XD;; ... I'm not good at cleaning. I guess I'll try the other half my apartment tomorrow (kitchen and bathroom, basically).
Other things going on in my life:
- 2/3 of my Team Live ballots failed. I just hit for St. Rudolph's Kyoto Thursday show (the first one). The other two I'd balloted for were their Tokyo Saturday shows. So I'm trying the Tenimo ballot for those. And my friend sold us tickets for both Kyoto Yamabuki shows, so we're good for that. Getting a whole bunch of tickets for one thing is so complicated sometimes. XD Anyway, I went to pay for the ticket today and walked into Family Mart just in time to hear Shun and Reo advertising the musical on the store's radio, which was nice.
- DREAM LIVE. I basically saw the dates and started planning on how I can go to all of the weekend shows at both venues (8 altogether). Not sure if I can pull it off but with so many different ticket methods it's not hard to spread out the cost a little.
- Meanwhile, the Yowamushi Pedal stageplay general sale tickets sold out on their release day. I was hoping to see it when I'm in Tokyo for another play on the same day, but it might be impossible. Maybe they'll do same day tickets or I can find someone to sell one to me. I wanted to take advantage of being in Tokyo anyway and see two things in one day.
- Finally paid for the BoyMen Thailand trip! It was a horrible bank transfer to do because the total was around 110,000 yen, but it was a relief to get the money out of my account and to where it needed to be. It's been sitting there for ages. It's only two weeks until the trip, so now it's paid for I can actually be excited about it (and be poor for the rest of the month). I just hope I (and Tina too) paid enough since they didn't actually tell us the total of how much we still owed them...
- Kenya and Kaisei went on a date. yes, this is important in my life. What I loved the most about it was that Kaisei wrote a whole blog entry about it which included the title "date" with a bunch of hearts next to it. Kenya, on the other hand, went on Twitter and basically said "I did this today and then I did that and some other things and then me and Kaisei had dinner." I can see who is the most into this relationship (a little like their in-character relationship, really).