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Events Archive / Re: Welcome Party 2013
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:33:08 AM »
Only one broken floorboard this year, one tumbler and a fireworks injuries.

serious deja vu, i think that was the exact run-down of the injuries the last time we had it there. minus a phantom asthma attack and some stolen shoes...

Right? I just read that and I had to check to make sure that it wasn't the 2011 event thread.

Events Archive / Re: Fuji Climb 2013
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:44:15 PM »
On the note of if you get to the top and it's freezing (which it will be), bringing a sleeping bag is an amazing idea if you have one.
Also, the climb from the base to 5th station isn't so bad, it's actually a very nice climb through the forest and other then gigantic ditches in the middle of the trail which you need to find your way around, it's pretty easy.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: 2013 Summer Fireworks!
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:39:53 PM »
I'll be at Manriki Park, it's my last night in the Prefecture, so I'm going to enjoy my last Japanese Fireworks.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Tokyo Orientation Dinners 2013
« on: July 17, 2013, 09:04:07 PM »
Yeah, I think the more you play up that connection that our group has to JET and that we are the Prefecture's JET Association (even if it is informal at best) in the letter, the better chances you have of it being taking taken seriously.

Also something something about how all bureaucracies require paperwork for the sake of paperwork. Heck when I was in college, I had to fill out a leave chit if I was going to be off campus when an official formation was going to happen, which had to be approved by a higher-ranking Cadet plus a Commandant.  Bureaucracy happens, official paperwork is simply a way to grease it's wheels.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Tokyo Orientation Dinners 2013
« on: July 16, 2013, 04:13:33 PM »
It also might make sense if you also explain how YETI is effectively our local AJET chapter. Since this is to welcome new JETs it would make sense to explain that this is to help the new JETs ease into life in Yamanashi, and give the event some semblance of officiality.

High School / Re: High School Speech Conest
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:05:54 PM »
I feel like this one is more boring actually. At least last year's had some decent parts for dialogues.

Events Archive / Re: SAYOUNARA PARTY 2013 - THE FINAL POST
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:52:09 AM »
While it is pretty awesome that I have YETI footing the bill for my good bye party, it's a shame more people, leavers or otherwise aren't coming.

YETI Announcements / Re: Yamanashi Look book 2013
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:22:26 PM »
I don't have so many pics from this past year, but I have a bunch from the 2011-2012. Would it be ok to send you those?

Never used pocket Wi-fi, but the tethering is pretty good. Streaming or downloading can be a bit slow, but it's more because it's still mobile 3g/4g.

AU does that too. It's a standard function of most smartphones these days.

Events Archive / Re: SAYOUNARA PARTY 2013 - THE FINAL POST
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:25:17 PM »
Terra checking in!
(staying the night)

Yay! I'm not the only leaver going!

Events Archive / Re: SAYOUNARA PARTY 2013 - THE FINAL POST
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:27:11 PM »
Matt Castle, YMLJ. (YETI Member Leaving Japan)

YETI Announcements / Re: 2013 - 2014 YETI Events calender.
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:19:23 AM »
can we kart now?

Yes, lets go-karting!

General Stuff / Re: Selling items on eBay FROM Japan (customs forms)
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:17:54 AM »
I would say you should be able to find most of your answers here.

and this should answer your actual question.

High School / Re: Ideas/advice for teaching materials
« on: May 29, 2013, 01:19:45 PM »
Music is good! I use songs fairly often in my lessons. Also photos! I find that I am often searching for photos to use in presentations, so lots of photos that show what life is like back home is great.

YETI Announcements / Re: 2013 - 2014 YETI Events calender.
« on: May 29, 2013, 01:14:10 PM »
Nice to see that you guys have a plan. Even though I won't be around after July, I'd say it looks good.

A couple of points: Don't you think March is a little early for karting? I'd say early April is a better time for it (or September) based on my personal experiences. You may want to consider switching it's dates with those of the Nash 500.

Also, sadly, I think the Group B JETs will be arriving in the Ken the same day as Ichikawadaimon, just as a heads up.

Events Archive / Re: Save the Date - Sayounara party!!
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:10:30 PM »
I'll be there.

YETI Member (Leaving Japan)

As a SHS ALT, I would say the former is better then the latter. The point of Elementary School instruction as you've said is to get them to like English. I'd take that mean they should become enthusatic about learning English and that should be your focus, rather then teaching them the nitty gritty. Which is not to say you should ignore the writing practice, but make it interesting for them.

Of course, I'm working with students after JHS, so take my comments with a grain of salt.

As for your issues with the teacher, do your best to get to know him outside of class. If you can get to know each other as people, my guess is that he'll relax around you and also you'll be able to work out how to team teach better in the future. it will also give you a chance to talk with him about how to best teach the class without it coming to a confrontation.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Tokyo Yamathon 2013 - April 20th!
« on: April 10, 2013, 10:03:32 AM »
I'll lead one of the two teams.

YETI Announcements / Re: New council nominations!
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:06:39 AM »
We still don't have a Secretary at this point.

Besides, half the point of pub quiz is for people to get to meet new people anyways.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Tokyo Yamathon 2013 - April 20th!
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:32:25 PM »
Only if "boy" in this case refers to a Japanese number.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Tokyo Yamathon 2013 - April 20th!
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:28:52 PM »
The hotel will depend. Some people always crash with a friend in Tokyo. For those who need a hotel, I look for the cheapest hotel I can find close to the start line. Last year, we ended up paying under 4000 yen for the hotel I think....but I can't remember.

Yeah, I think you managed to get us that one for about a man.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Tokyo Yamathon 2013 - April 20th!
« on: March 15, 2013, 11:25:04 AM »
I'm in! As a shameless plug for the event, it's quite fun and it's a neat chance to see the different parts of the core of Tokyo. Also, it's easier than climbing Mt. Fuji, so if you've done that, then you can do this.

Wish I could come, but my friends arrive from the States on the 23rd. I hope everyone has fun though.

Events Archive / Re: Iron Yeti Chef, Feb 16, 2013
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:58:54 PM »
What time do we need to be at Sakaori Station to get a ride to the City Hall?
Also, as a Judge, I see no issues with the Council team being in the running for prizes.

Junior High School / Re: Edit the Sunshine Textbook
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:51:43 PM »
To be honest, I think that's going to depend on the individual JTEs and ALTs. High School ALTs (at least in my experience) have a lot more flexibility in how they teach OC, so most of the time grammar is secondary to other things, such as speaking exercises and is often corrected (in OC at least) on an individual basis. Personally, I'd correct it to "I like living in Yamanashi. This is because we can see Mt. Fuji." and then make them add more details. (But that is a stylistic choice on my part) I'll check to see what my JTEs teach in their Grammar classes though.

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: 2013 Sapporo Snow Festival
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:41:55 PM »
I'm going to third the suggestions made by Marc. Even if they say they don't expect you to get them anything, do it anyways. I always bring Omiyage if I take time off from work to go some place. That said, because it's a cultural thing, it's easy enough to find and you can find things for under 2000 yen.

Also the item Marc suggests, though I've never had it, sounds like a great choice.

Junior High School / Re: Edit the Sunshine Textbook
« on: January 24, 2013, 10:48:41 AM »
Agreed, uses is a bit weird to me. "Is powered by..." or "runs on..." are what I'd use.

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