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【EduCareer No.3】 Do you know how to get involved in clubs at school?

2015/09/16

Most full time Japanese teachers are responsible for an after school club on top of their other duties, these clubs can meet 2 to 6 times a week, often sports clubs such as baseball or soccer meet every day and on weekends for practice and matches.

So let's look at the role of Native teachers in all of this.
After speaking to Mike, I realized that a little extra effort can really pay off. Mike was hired directly by his school after 1 year of working as a dispatch teacher but even during his time as a dispatch teacher he was involved in a lot of activities outside of his classroom. He was in charge of the English Club which met twice a week, attending a sports club, as well as helping students apply to Universities abroad.
This is all on top of his classroom and curriculum development responsibilities. Mike told me that one of the reasons he thinks he was able to receive a direct hire contract is because of his dedication and work outside of the classroom, as it clearly showed his dedication and sincerity to the school.
Taking part in the activities outside the classroom can also show the students that you are taking an interest in them and help build a greater relationship.

Don't get carried away, and bite off more than you can chew. But getting involved can show your students that you are more than just their "English teacher" and show the school that you are willing to be a teacher that is truly part of the school.

Are you already involved in your schools clubs? Have any advice or stories about your experiences you'd like to share in the comments below?

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