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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Concert tonight!
« on: April 27, 2013, 01:05:25 PM »
i dont really know how to explain the sound really.  i wouldnt say all the songs belong in the same genre necessarily though.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Concert tonight!
« on: April 27, 2013, 01:02:22 PM »
oh yea, i didnt read the website but yea you can get advance priced tickets if you tell me, then i can put people names on the list for the cheaper one.  next time ill probably give notice more in advance.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Concert tonight!
« on: April 26, 2013, 06:05:37 AM »
Friday the 26 at KAZOO HALL!
I will be performing with the Masakasamaz (まっさかさまズ)
Show starts at 6, we will be going on around 8.
if you got nothing to do, please come!!
remember the name of the band so you can tell them when you come in.
1500 yen entry.

http://www.kazoohall.com/pc/access/

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And as long as you aren't doing it every 5 minutes, I wouldn't worry about a quick interjection.

seriously?  surely you don't think that a quick interjection as infrequent as every 5 minutes could be considered an excuse for team teaching.

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i dont think you should worry too much about interrupting.  with two people its going to happen, and it tends to be the best way to make people not forget you are there.  its not uncommon when you kinda get into your teaching rhythm and forget about the other person, especially when you teach everything else alone.  I had to tell one of the teachers i worked with last year to make sure to interrupt me if i go on with stuff too long. 

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Squeeze me in there too if possible, if not, ill show up and just hang out downstairs and just come up to watch the game.  (you know you can fit me in though ;)


Dude, im pretty sure you get notice of events and rsvps via the forum, facebook and the spaghetti. Thankfully, we CAN accomodate you this time and weve been able to work with you every time. But, we do have rsvp deadlines for a reason and sometimes it is incredibly difficult to squeeze people in last minute. Sometimes this includes calls to the venue owner last minute, sometimes it includes us reworking our budget. I dont appreciate the flippant attitude every time you make a last second rsvd. you could be a little more understanding and ask nicely rather than assuming you can be accomodated with no extra effort on our part.

 :-X

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Elementary School / Re: Teaching phonics?
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:38:29 PM »
also just playing karuta pronouncing a word, or group of words, then they have to take the first letter of said words, is a relatively easy effective and fun, but normally loud, activity. 

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Elementary School / Re: Teaching phonics?
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:35:08 PM »
And with all of that, my current average 1st years in JHS (almost 2nd year) can legitimately read far better than the majority of 3rd years when i first got here.  I believe it to have had a great effect on their ability to read, and more importantly, their ability to remember english words.  some kids still have a hard time spelling, but spelling is hard.

But this year with my 6th graders, i didnt do much of the above activity at all, because after we got through A, a number of the kids would get bored with it either because they already understood it, or were just plain not interested in that activity.  They did much more work last year with letters when they were 5th graders. 

So due to lack of interest i stopped that activity this year, and instead what i did, is for any new vocabulary we would practice once with a picture card, then after getting all the picture cards on the board, practice them all again with smaller cards with the words spelled out.  then after they read them id ask what it is in japanese, and then stick it by the picture.  if theres a hard word id cover it up piece by piece and sound the words out together.  there seems to be a larger gap in this year between the students who understand letters, and those who are a little shaky on the subject.

With that I decided to try the same thing with my 5th graders, skipping the above card activity altogether, but consistently sounding out new vocabulary since the beginning of the year.  I think most of the current 5th graders have a pretty good idea of how to read, because i can normally show them a new word that they havent been exposed to before, and they can mostly read it, but there are a few students who have expressed to me that they dont understand letters.  I think that is from a lack of connection/understanding between letternames and sounds.  but they have all of 6th grade to remedy that. 

since ive only had 5 years to try all this stuff i cant really say if the methods used are cause for the differences of outcome, or if its just the classes attitudes or ability.  but anyways thats prettymuch a vague synopsis of how ive taught phonics in ES since i started

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Elementary School / Re: Teaching phonics?
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:20:09 PM »
This is an activity i did with my 5th-6th graders last year for about half of the year at the beginning of each class.

fist have the students place all their alphabet cards on their desks face down. (1 set for each student) and mix them.  then have a race to put them in order from A-Z.  timing them with a stopwatch makes this more exciting, and you can compare the first place of each class, and then the whole class times too.  I kept track of them, so they can compare and check their own improvement over time.  after some time, some of the fast students could get this done in under 40 seconds.

so after they have the letters in order on their desks, you spell out a word. 

like
C-A-T dont wait for them to take C before saying A and T) this is important for auditory memory.

then all they have to do is take those cards and spell out cat on their desk with their cards, then either as a group, of calling on kids with raised hands, have them read the word aloud. 

after that i use only english instructions like
 
change C to H
so then they have on their desks
H-A T

change H to B
B-A-T
change T to G
B-A-G

as you progress write them in a colums on the board, then when you get through your words for the day, you can review once and get on with the lesson.

cat
hat
bat
bag

so using patterns like this, focusing on 1 vowel a day, they can figure out how consonants work. 
for 2 weeks use A, 2 weeks use E, then I-O-U like 2 weeks each, or obviously adjust to how quickly they pick it up.

these are some patterns that i used. (not a complete list)
Id write them in colums on the chalkboard however, keeping the vowel in the middle.

*gotta be careful to not use any letter more than once if they onlt got one of each letter

A
cat cap can man jan(uary) jam ham
E
net set get pet pen ten
yes next belt red bed help <- notice consonant blends will be harder
I
big pig mix six
sit fit hit him swim wish fish<- introduce "sh/ch" my students didnt have a problem reading unknown words like "him" at the time.
trick pinch
O
top mop stop hot pot not spot shot slot
sock shock clock
U
sun run pun gum cut cup sub
jump pump

and then mix any words in there that go with the relevant chapters.

after doing this for a while, most students could read a whole lot, and would write in their class evaluations about the fact that they understood letters now. 

BUT depending on the classes and how its done, this isnt always the most exciting activity, but when the kids feel like they are learning from it they tend to dilligently do it. 

i hope this one makes sense too.

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Elementary School / Re: Teaching phonics?
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:04:12 PM »
Game 1. after they all know all the ABCs well, the first activity id have them do was a memory/luck game based on first letters which is played in groups of 3-5 ideally.

materials
1 die (i made some out of paper clay that go from 2 - 7)

one set of cards A-Z

one set of picture cards with something that starts with letters A-Z one each.

pictures for example:
Apple
Baseball
Cat
Dog
Elephant
Fish
Gorilla
Hat
Ice cream
Jack (like of hearts)
King (like, of spades)
Lion
Milk
No (i used a picture of a circle with a slash though is like youd see on a no smoking or no pets sign.)
Octopus
Pig (it was purple also)
Queen( maybe clubs?)
Rabbit
Sun/sunny
Tomato
Umbrella
Violin
White tiger
X-ray
Yogurt
Zebra

I use these words because a standard 5th grader knows most of these things in english. as they play, the ones they do not know they are instructed to raise their hands and ask "what's" this" while showing you the card.


Goal: Match the alphabet cards with the picture of the appropriate letter

How to play.
1 They should lay all the cards alphabet, and pictures, on their desks face down in an orderly fashion
*The backs of the alphabet cards and picture cards should be different colors.

2 Decide order

3 First person rolls the dice

4 that person is allowed to turn over as many cards as the number that they roll.  (that is why i used a die that gors from 2-7)
 * you need to make sure they just overturn the cards and not mix them and not pick them up, so other students can remember where the cards are at.

5 as a group while the cards are turned over they identify each and decide if there are any matches.  if there are matches the person who rolled gets them.

6 next person goes and repeat until the cards are gone. 

this game with explination tends to take 30-40min.

*let me know id this doesnt make sense. 

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Elementary School / Re: Teaching phonics?
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:49:40 PM »
ive taught phonics on elementary since i started about 5 years ago, but I just made everything I did myself. I dont have a degree in education or cognition so everything i say from this point on is based upon only my experience.

   There was a time when i used letters and phonics based activities in 1st-4th grade lessons, but due to the very infrequent lessons at me school i found that it was almost useless because there was no way to effectivly follow up.  I found that students that didnt already know the entire alphabet would get almost no benefit whatsoever from phonics activities, and even if they do, having them memorize a set of vocabulary was far more beneficial.  but if they know letter names or a word to teach along with, then it could be worthwhile if classes are often enough.  but there wasnt time in my school anyway.

As a native speaker you already have a pretty extensive vocabulary before learning to read, which makes phonics work much better. sounding out a word you already know should have a far more concrete effect on you memory than sounding out one that you dont know and i think this is a big factor in understanding the concept of phonics.  This is one reason i started to avoid wasting time with letters when they are very young.

anyways these are they activities i made or used in 5th and 6th grades for phonics, and how i did them.  before starting to use them I had them memorize the alphabet, with a few lessons of letter only activities.  before trying phonics every student needs to know every letter very well so after leaning them initially, I would wait a few weeks (maybe like 5) before getting into anything phonics related, and during those weeks start every class with them saying the alphabet to you, not listening and repeating, just starting the class with them saying them all.  it literally takes like 2 min, so it doesnt really affect what you were planning on doing for the day.  Making them pronouce the letter absoloutly perfectly when you do this has an enormous effect on their pronunciation of words when they start to actually read, so i reccomend that you make them all do it flawlessly.

ill put the games in seperate posts so nothing goes haywire.

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seems like its posible to give them a deposit if you dont have a credit card.

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  Don't get me wrong, the driving is key, but if they want to they can get you for something even if you are perfect.  I only took 1 hour of lesson, but I said 10 when they asked because so many people had told me that it was kinda part of the system for them to want you to have hours and hours of lessons.  Many retired cops work for the driving schools and they like to keep that economy moving.

they didnt ask me that question before they had already passed me.  then i got to tell them i practiced for only 1 hour and they praised me in a frustrated manner. 

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General Stuff / Re: Taxes
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:19:45 PM »
sounds like you are still in that time period where you are not yet privileged (sp?) enough to pay the wonderful residence tax.  you should look forward to it.

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General Stuff / Re: Taxes
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:02:19 AM »
fuck taxes.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Tokyo pub crawl for foreigners
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:49:14 PM »
Has anyone on the planet ever even tried to claim "no night life in Tokyo"?
wtf.


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High School / Re: International Day - Koma High School
« on: January 15, 2013, 03:58:46 PM »
So what are we going to do our presentations on?
i am curious.


i think i might do mine on a trip to cambodia i took last april, but maybe something else. 

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: TV
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:04:20 PM »
take a photo of it and maybe i can help you.  i can read it at least

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General Stuff / Re: What's involved with changing apartments?
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:37:18 PM »
Leo palace allows short term right? There's some of those about Kofu

they are expensive and suck.  i strogly disreccomend them for living.  i lived in one for like almost 4 years.  but yes they can be short term.  still reccomend a different place.

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General Stuff / Re: What's involved with changing apartments?
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:27:25 PM »
most places will want a 2 year contract, so if you break it you will have to paya months rent as penalty probably.  so be aware of that too.  but you can still probably find something cheap so it would be worth it. 

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General Stuff / Re: What's involved with changing apartments?
« on: December 13, 2012, 01:35:23 PM »
Jesse works in Minami Apls and lives right behind Kofu Station.  Spend 3-5 man on an old scooter and move man.  It sucks, its confusing, and you will need help, but in the end you'll not only be happy you moved, but also happy the accomplished what you set out to do.
its definately worth it just for living around people, instead of peach trees.

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: TV
« on: December 12, 2012, 10:37:09 AM »
Terrestrial TV is your channels recieved through radio waves....i think?? So still digital TV but recieved through your aerial....i think??
yea apparently that is so.  because it doesnt leave the earth i guess.  i thought it meant like, land based.

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: TV
« on: December 12, 2012, 09:42:18 AM »




i dont watch TV ever/dont have one, so idk, but i thought that they dropped all analog TV, and isnt that the only thing that comes from an antannae?

No, there's digital terrestrial TV too.




that would be, you know...not antannae/aerial

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: TV
« on: December 11, 2012, 07:43:45 PM »
There are some satellite channels that are free. They tend to be the Japanese versions of ITV4 and channel 5 and the like though, not much good on them, you can't the proper terrestrial channels through a dish.

Nowhere outside you can put an aerial? However illicitly... Worst comes to worse they'll just tell you to get rid of it. Which they probally won't unless they have a reason to hate you.

i dont watch TV ever/dont have one, so idk, but i thought that they dropped all analog TV, and isnt that the only thing that comes from an antannae?

You see Jesse, a TV is this magic screen that streams movies, news and other programs into your home.  Not unlike a PC (which one might use for cat videos, p0rn and YouTube )  only people have this thing called a "remote" which they use from across a room to turn off the programs they are watching and go to bed.

im trying my best to understand what you are trying to say.....but...just...cant.
brb cat videos.

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: TV
« on: December 11, 2012, 03:58:50 PM »
wait, so is an aerial an antanna, or a satelitte or both?

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: TV
« on: December 11, 2012, 03:36:38 PM »
There are some satellite channels that are free. They tend to be the Japanese versions of ITV4 and channel 5 and the like though, not much good on them, you can't the proper terrestrial channels through a dish.

Nowhere outside you can put an aerial? However illicitly... Worst comes to worse they'll just tell you to get rid of it. Which they probally won't unless they have a reason to hate you.

i dont watch TV ever/dont have one, so idk, but i thought that they dropped all analog TV, and isnt that the only thing that comes from an antannae? 

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General Teaching / Re: ''Louder than I'' vs. ''Louder than me.''
« on: December 11, 2012, 01:19:16 PM »
after a mild look, there were 0 examples of this grammar used with pronouns at all in my sunshine 2 textbook.

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Re: TV
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:46:34 AM »
eh? I had heard everyone in America had cable but...aerials are totally unknown?

We call them antennas.  I've never heard it called an aerial in the U.S., although it could be regional.  They are used exceedingly rarely these days in the states.

so THATS what system of a down was talking about?

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General Teaching / Re: ''Louder than I'' vs. ''Louder than me.''
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:31:15 PM »
99% sure that they want "me"

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