histgirl wrote:And again, if you want to do JET because you love Japan and not because you love teaching/children, please don't come. There are enough ALTs bad at their job that are wasting taxpayer money already. JET is not a free ticket to Japan.
glibberish wrote:Also, if you have a smartphone, the students will invariable comment on it. "Hee, sumaho! Boku hoshii na ..." And once you've started a conversation, it's easier to talk to that student again in the future.
If you feel discouraged at all, just remember yourself in junior high and imagine how you would have felt if your foreign language teacher had ambushed you in the hall and tried to talk to you - sometimes it would have been interesting, and sometimes you would have been irritated or shy.
hatefulsandwich wrote:I know this is an ESID thing, but what might the reaction be to showing kids things on laptops or tablets? I just wonder because of the cellphone thing sounding like it can be a bit of an issue. I'm no current JET, of course. I just recently found myself in possession of a tablet and it has greatly enhanced my interaction with children, especially very young ones. I can imagine things like the Final Fantasy games in English and cartoons, photos, etc being a great way to bring kids out of their shells as well.
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