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2007 June 20 Wednesday.

Another photo taken on my private beach, during last Sunday afternoon's mini vision quest.   

Summer vacation starts in about 5 weeks.   

Then I will have more time for this sort of thing.   

Almost one month to be exact.   

At 8:50 this morning, I had a class with 40 of the first year students at the Kosei Nursing School.   

The first thing I did was write the words FLUTE and FRUIT on the blackboard.   

Then, I reached into my bag of tricks and pulled out three plastic flutes, held the blue one in my right hand and said;  "This is a FLUTE.  Can anyone play it?"   

No one volunteered right away so I started walking down the aisles between the rows of desks, with the three flutes held in both hands and spread out like Neptune's Fork.   

After about 30 seconds of this, one of the girls raised her hand, and I gave her the blue flute.   

I said; "Do you know how to play 'Frogs' Chorus?  かえるの合唱 Let's play that one."   

So, we did.   Well, we sort of played it. 

Everyone in the classroom including myself couldn't stop laughing long enough to complete more than one round of this very well known children's song.   

Yeah, I get paid to teach this class.   

Anyway, after that we did pair work in small groups of 2, 3 or 4 students, using page two of my original text book Q&A, for the rest of the class time, as I hovered around and watched the students interact with each other.   

I sat down with each group to check what they had all written down as answers to the questions, and corrected any spelling mistakes that were there.   

There were quite a few.   

One girl even wrote 90% of her answers in Japanese.   

I did a translation job just for her, right there on the spot. 

When that class was finished at 10:20, I drove back to my classroom to eat brunch and get ready for straight classes from 15:00 until 20:00.   

Being an English teacher can be fun.

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