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Thanks to Charles Mackenzie-Smith who, as a guest blogger, has kindly invited us into his Japanese classroom. The philosophies and strategies are certainly applicable to teachers of all Languages, ...

Thanks to Charles Mackenzie-Smith who, as a guest blogger, has kindly invited us into his Japanese classroom. The philosophies and strategies are certainly applicable to teachers of all Languages, ...

せつぶんですね。 Featuring as one of the literacy activities in Sensei-tional Classrooms BLMs Knowing Japan, there is an Informational Poster task with accompanying おに for students to create. Great for the middle years Yr5-8 and can be adapted to suit whichever literacy skills, summarising and intercultural outcomes. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BLMs-for-Japanese-Language-Intercultural-Literacy-Activities-Knowing--2360428 #setsubun #せつぶん #節分

せつぶんですね。 Featuring as one of the literacy activities in Sensei-tional Classrooms BLMs Knowing Japan, there is an Informational Poster task with accompanying おに for students to create. Great for the middle years Yr5-8 and can be adapted to suit whichever literacy skills, summarising and intercultural outcomes. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BLMs-for-Japanese-Language-Intercultural-Literacy-Activities-Knowing--2360428 #setsubun #せつぶん #節分

Colourful classrooms displaying relevant student work of all abilities  is inclusive practice in action and shows student ownership of the classroom! Many secondary classrooms lack colour, so make your room stand out as "the place to be". #inclusiveeducation #Japaneseteacher #Japanese #studentengagement #classroomdesign #bestclassroomever

Colourful classrooms displaying relevant student work of all abilities is inclusive practice in action and shows student ownership of the classroom! Many secondary classrooms lack colour, so make your room stand out as "the place to be".

Numeracy in Japanese! Assign yen amounts to hiragana symbols and students to work out how much hiragana words are worth! Get them to find the most expensive hiragana word. #Japanese #hiragana #numeracy #numeracyinJapanese #numeracyinforeignlanguages

Numeracy in Japanese! Assign yen amounts to hiragana symbols and students to work out how much hiragana words are worth! Get them to find the most expensive hiragana word.

Professional advice, links to research, engaging ideas and navigating the APST. Online: https://www.facebook.com/senseitionalclassrooms #teachers #APST #qualityteaching #senseitionalclassrooms #foreignlanguage #reliefteacher #beginningteacher #teacher

Professional advice, links to research, engaging ideas and navigating the APST. Online: https://www.facebook.com/senseitionalclassrooms #teachers #APST #qualityteaching #senseitionalclassrooms #foreignlanguage #reliefteacher #beginningteacher #teacher

Input with Japanese? Open Keyboard Preferences and select Koteri and save. To change between English and Japanese typing input, go to where the flag is on their Mac and select the input option. When in Word, on FB, using Pinterest or wherever they want to type with Japanese, you now can do so! #Japaneseteacher #Japanese #hiragana #Macbook #IME #Language #ForeignLanguage

Input with Japanese? Open Keyboard Preferences and select Koteri and save. To change between English and Japanese typing input, go to where the flag is on their Mac and select the input option. When in Word, on FB, using Pinterest or wherever they want to type with Japanese, you now can do so! #Japaneseteacher #Japanese #hiragana #Macbook #IME #Language #ForeignLanguage

It might be the Easter long weekend, but it has provided an opportunity to work my thesis. In particular, I think we have all experienced that phenomenon whereby the perfect sentence ideas or synthesising of information happens when you least expect it: the middle of the night, driving home in the car, or as in my case today, hopping out of the shower. Either way, it requires one to quickly scribble down your thoughts as soon as you get a chance to: today 12 lines on my research methodology!

PhD writing moments - all those synthesised ideas need to blurted out onto a piece of paper. They are somehow in a coherent line of thought as well!

Cooking with your Japanese classes? Pick up bulk buy packets of Japanese-style はし chopsticks. These had 100 per packet and found them in an Asian grocery store for around $5.  #Japaneseteacher #Japanese #Japanesefood

Cooking with your Japanese classes? Pick up bulk buy packets of Japanese-style はし chopsticks. These had 100 per packet and found them in an Asian grocery store for around $5. #Japaneseteacher #Japanese #Japanesefood

How do you encourage and support target language usage in your classroom? Here are some simple signs that I had displayed at the front of my classroom with accompanying easy-to-deconstruct supportive images. #Japaneseteacher #Japaneseclassroom #Japanese #classroomdesign #classroomdisplay #classroominstructions

How do you encourage and support target language usage in your classroom? Here are some simple signs that I had displayed at the front of my classroom with accompanying easy-to-deconstruct supportive images.

Katana swords, plates, lanterns, cups and fans were popular choices to make. Students also had to create a Japanese-style gift tag and write which city they visited, what sightseeing place they visited and what their souvenir was. #teachnsw #Japanese #outbackNSW #ruralteacher #bestclassroomever

Katana swords, plates, lanterns, cups and fans were popular choices to make. Students also had to create a Japanese-style gift tag and write which city they visited, what sightseeing place they visited and what their souvenir was.

Simple ideas I used to make my rural high school classroom look like Japan! #ruralteacher #Japaneseteacher #Japanese #classroomdesign #bestclassroomever

Simple ideas I used to make my rural high school classroom look like Japan!

Teachers as lifelong learners and lovers of coffee. My view at the University of Newcastle's Huxley Library this afternoon whilst conducting scholarly research "the old-fashion way". #teacherlife #PhDlife #scholarlyresearch #engaginglearning #lifelonglearner #lifelonglearning

Teachers as lifelong learners and lovers of coffee. My view at the University of Newcastle's Huxley Library this afternoon whilst conducting scholarly research "the old-fashion way".

A range of art and design activities in my latest BLM connected to Japanese intercultural language learning topics: seasons, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, the deep oceans, food and history! #japaneseteacher #japanese #nihongo #intercultural #japaneseart #japanesecraft https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BLMs-for-Japanese-Language-Intercultural-Literacy-Activities-Discovering--2374394

A range of art and design activities in my latest BLM connected to Japanese intercultural language learning topics: seasons, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, the deep oceans, food and history! #japaneseteacher #japanese #nihongo #intercultural #japaneseart #japanesecraft https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BLMs-for-Japanese-Language-Intercultural-Literacy-Activities-Discovering--2374394

Just coded a simple #hiragana game for #Japanese using Draw Your Game app #coding

Just coded a simple game for using Draw Your Game app

MYO (Make Your Own) 'karuta' cards for vocabulary games. Print up themed vocabulary onto white paper. Cut around the words and glue onto fluro/bright paper. Put into laminating sheets before sealing these through a laminator. Tactile, engaging and highly competitive learning activity!! #karuta #Japanese #Japaneseteacher #cardgames #engaginglearning

MYO (Make Your Own) 'karuta' cards for vocabulary games. Print up themed vocabulary onto white paper. Cut around the words and glue onto fluro/bright paper. Put into laminating sheets before sealing these through a laminator. Tactile, engaging and highly competitive learning activity!! #karuta #Japanese #Japaneseteacher #cardgames #engaginglearning

Planning ahead for the new terms and semesters, how do you go about devising your units of work? This is a photo of some unit planning I did during a flight between Sydney and Adelaide. I was having one of those "brainwave/inspired moments" and needed to jot my ideas down immediately - hence on the back of my Jetstar boarding pass! Obviously, I collated these ideas and incorporated them into the Word doc version of my unit of work. APST 1, 2 & 5. #APST #teacherlife #Japanese

Planning ahead for the new terms and semesters, how do you go about devising your units of work? This is a photo of some unit planning I did during a flight between Sydney and Adelaide. I was having one of those "brainwave/inspired moments" and needed to jot my ideas down immediately - hence on the back of my Jetstar boarding pass! Obviously, I collated these ideas and incorporated them into the Word doc version of my unit of work. APST 1, 2 & 5. #APST #teacherlife #Japanese