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Are the other native foreign teachers a little shy? Do you find that the Japanese staff seem to ignore you? Do the students seem disrespectful? Maybe you are lacking engagement skills. Cultivating it will not only gain you more respect from your fellow teachers and students, but also creates a better working environment for all. All it takes is some proactiveness on your end.

Approaching your colleagues: Whether it's just communicating about each others' lessons for the day, confirming the day's schedule, or asking their opinion on a game/activity, it shows that you are proactive about your job. It also shows that you enjoy working with them. The important thing is to start the engagement, and not be that passive co-worker.

Greetings galore: It seems like a given in Japanese schools with every calling out "zaasu" to each other in the morning, and "chiisu" in the afternoon. If you don't already, get out there and greet everyone in your own quirky manner! Other than to those who you directly work with, don't forget other teachers, office staff, school janitors... it needs not end with just a greeting - some small talk with them about things other than teaching English is a game changer. Finding common ground with other members of the school faculty will lead to a more pleasant workplace.

Communicating with students: Is your engagement with students confined to the classroom only? If so, you might be missing out on a lot. It is encouraged to communicate with with the students in between classes, during breaks, during lunch, before and after school. You'll find that the more communication you have with them, the smoother classes will go. This works especially well with those 'difficult' students. If you can create that bond outside of class, they will see you as someone who is not just another foreign teacher, but also someone they can talk with and respect like a friend.

Engage with your fellow teachers. Engage with all staff of the school. Engage with the students inside and outside the classroom. Make it a habit, and you'll find that it will create a better working environment for everyone.

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