With the new JETs arriving in two months, now is the time to upload your favorite lesson plans, proposals, and notes to Entrepreneurial Teacher. Give your successor and the rest of the Ishikawa JETs the benefit of your knowledge and experience in a format they can access before they even get to Ishikawa!
For example, what recipes went over well at English Club or your international cooking lesson? What would you do differently at your next eikaiwa? What are the best games for elementary first graders? What tips do you have for writing an event proposal?
The content of ET is only as good as we make it. Get a head start on your departure preparation or your orientation material collection today!
This site was created by the ESL teachers at KIEX in Kanazawa. It uses Moodle as the platform. The site was founded and is run primarily by Ryan Layman and Dubghan Hinchey of KIEX; I act as the JET liaison.
What makes Entrepreneurial Teacher special?
• A glossary of tried and true projects that any confirmed “teachers” can add to and edit. The glossary also has a rating system and the ability to post comments, so users without the ability to edit can still participate in the glossary.
• Trusted users (full name, identity confirmed) will be giving the ability to admin courses or create their own courses. This will allow passionate teachers to share resources that are comparable with commercial ones and drive content creation on the site.
• The Site will be used as a hub to connect to the other social networking services that are all ready being used by teachers. 3rd party apps, modules, and plug-ins will be used to customize the site and make easier to navigate from The Site to other internet services.
Moodle is a very easy-to-use resource; there are tutorials on how to upload content for those new to the program.
Not an Ishikawa JET? Though the site is focused on our Ishikawa JET community, JET ALTs and CIRs from other prefectures are welcome and encouraged to join.
ALTs and Teaching CIRS
Upload and download pictures and worksheets to and from a site you can trust and share them with people you know! Unlike other ESL sites, this one is not only Japan-specific, but JET specific. Create and find ideas for games to play with Eigo Noto; discuss what works and what doesn’t with very young students; and write about your English Club activities.
Don’t let the name fool you, this site is great for CIRs who plan events, too. Upload your cooking lesson recipes and notes; reports on your holiday parties, school visits, speeches, and more! We don’t really have a good resource other than the CIR guide for coming up with ideas and, more importantly, discussing what was successful or unsuccessful about our events. Read our follow-up reports before you plan your next event.
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the current editor of this blog. She hopes you’ll participate and help improve our JET community.