2013 Tokyo Program

2013 Tokyo Program

Thursday, July 11: Day 3

Today was quite an eventful day!
First stop, arriving at Tokorozawa Middle School. I don't think we could have been more grateful for an air-conditioned room than after the tour of the school! It was quite impressive to learn about the many programs the school offers its students, from swimming to music to kendo. How great was it to see the English teacher use "Call Me Maybe" in her class?!

Second stop, Meiho Elementary School. I'm not afraid to admit I was nervously excited to teach the 6th graders. Excited to teach, but nervous because they were 6th graders. 6th graders can be terrifying!! But we had a blast was we taught our very entertaining and kinesthetic lessons to the intrigued students. From learning Simon Says, the Cupid Shuffle, and the Electric Slide hopefully these kiddos learned that young American teachers like to get up and MOVE! Eating lunch with the students was quite an experience of miming and gesturing as we tried to communicate. The students were very sweet and there was lots of giggling (at my expense I'm sure!)

Next stop, getting home on our own! After a quick refresh and relax time we got all dolled up to explore the wonderful city of Tokyo. We hopped on the subway (first time and all by ourselves!) and safely made it to Roppongi Hills. Although we didn't make it to the tip-top of Mori Tower, our dinner at Wired Cafe was tasty and our first excursion on our own was a success!
Kanpai!! (Cheers in Japanese)
Ready for our first free night out in Tokyo!

Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills

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