Isogashii desu

Isogashii means “busy” in Japanese, and it’s what I have been since getting back! Work has ramped up, although not in a bad way. The 5th and 6th grade teachers have suddenly realised that it’s nearly the end of the school year, and that their precious protegee will either be in their final year or leaving to go on to middle school. As a result, they’ve decided that they really should try and cram their brains with as much eigo as possible, and so have taken the drastic, and thus far unheard of, step of planning their lessons in advance, and coming to speak to me about getting materials and so on prepared. This is great. It means we are both organised and that they are engaged with the material – happy days!

From my end, I am just trying to enjoy my time at school and spend as much time as I can with the kids. Although I have requested to renew my contract and stay at the same schools, I don’t know yet whether it will be possible so am making the most of what may, or may not be, it. Today is kurabu – club – in which the kids can choose which extra-curricular activity to attend. Last year I did science club, but this term I am changing to cooking term. In 8 minutes time I am off to help prepare for it by peeling sweet potatoes to make satsumaimo mashumaro yaki – grilled sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Bet you could never imagine that making them would be more fun than science ;)
I still have quite a few more holiday photos to put up, and a couple of text posts to write, but for now I am off to lend my culinary skills to a very worthy cause!

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