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Who are we?!  Yoshie and Sean  !  Furano, Alaska!  Saroma Town  !  pumpkins and scallops  !  135 JHS students
One small advertisement…If you are a Hokkaidoresident:•  You can get in-state    tuition to the University    of Alaska sy...
Why are you here?!  You attend professional development seminars  as a hangover remedy.!  Your supervisor signed you up wi...
Our ALTs and JTLs!  We deal with some complicated issues : !  Language teaching and learning. !  Cross-cultural, interpers...
“OK, it’s nice that you’re married,but, like, I have no plans to date my              ALT/JTL.”!  Marriage solves none of ...
Bad Clipart Slide
Case #1:!Figuring People Out
The worst ALT in the world… Glee (2010) Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF9TyctTAeQ
Case #1:!Figuring People Out •  Be professional. •  No confrontations    in the classroom. •  Go around   •    (or above i...
Case #1:!Figuring People Out •  People are    products of their    culture. •  But they are also    individuals.
Get to know your ALT/JTL as an individual, butremember that culture is always there, like a ghost…       “We tend to perce...
The ALT Mind                   The JTL Mind"  Witch’s pumpkin relay race!   "  Rolling food on the floor                  ...
Hmmm…
The thing about Yoshie Ialways appreciated was that she                                   Case #2:wasnt afraid to call me ...
Case #3:  Us•  Sometimes we have  misunderstandings.•  “Talk like a human!”•  Different expectations  of roles.
Case #3:LessonsWe’re stillworking on it.
The Basics•  Duh: •  Exchange phone and email addresses. •  JTLs – email! •  Set a regular meeting time.
The Basics•  Let your ALT make       •  ALTs: Exceed your  your job easier.           expectations.•  You are the model, s...
Learning from Experience“What is this endless series of meaningless   experiences trying to teach me?”!
Questions and Discussion
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  1. 1. !
  2. 2. Who are we?!  Yoshie and Sean !  Furano, Alaska!  Saroma Town !  pumpkins and scallops !  135 JHS students
  3. 3. One small advertisement…If you are a Hokkaidoresident:•  You can get in-state tuition to the University of Alaska system as an international student.
  4. 4. Why are you here?!  You attend professional development seminars as a hangover remedy.!  Your supervisor signed you up without consulting you first.!  You’re just waiting for the signup sheet to come around.!  You work with an ALT or JTL. You are unable to read their mind.
  5. 5. Our ALTs and JTLs!  We deal with some complicated issues : !  Language teaching and learning. !  Cross-cultural, interpersonal relationships
  6. 6. “OK, it’s nice that you’re married,but, like, I have no plans to date my ALT/JTL.”!  Marriage solves none of the problems normally encountered by ALTs and JTLs. (It amplifies them – you cannot escape…)!  We both have a range of experience: !  Yoshie: 5 years and 5 different ALTs !  Sean: 5+ years and 10 different JTLs (many more at ES/HS)
  7. 7. Bad Clipart Slide
  8. 8. Case #1:!Figuring People Out
  9. 9. The worst ALT in the world… Glee (2010) Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF9TyctTAeQ
  10. 10. Case #1:!Figuring People Out •  Be professional. •  No confrontations in the classroom. •  Go around •  (or above if you have to.) •  It’s not about you.
  11. 11. Case #1:!Figuring People Out •  People are products of their culture. •  But they are also individuals.
  12. 12. Get to know your ALT/JTL as an individual, butremember that culture is always there, like a ghost… “We tend to perceive reality within the context of our own culture, a reality that we have ‘created’.” -H. Brown, in Principles of Language Learning and Teaching
  13. 13. The ALT Mind The JTL Mind"  Witch’s pumpkin relay race! "  Rolling food on the floor with brooms???"  Mummy race! "  Wasting toilet paper all at once???"  Bobbing for apples! "  Kissing and chewing same apples with all classmates?"  Why is this school so hot? "  Why is he wearing a T- shirt in October?
  14. 14. Hmmm…
  15. 15. The thing about Yoshie Ialways appreciated was that she Case #2:wasnt afraid to call me on mys**t. Tell me what I was doing Lessonswrong and how I should fix it. •  Let the ALT be who theyEspecially when I was getting are (even if you might breaktoo big for my britches, Yoshie some cultural rules)was there to bring me back •  Give and Takedown. -Tim Johnson •  Suspend your apprehensions. •  Students can make their own informed judgements about culture
  16. 16. Case #3: Us•  Sometimes we have misunderstandings.•  “Talk like a human!”•  Different expectations of roles.
  17. 17. Case #3:LessonsWe’re stillworking on it.
  18. 18. The Basics•  Duh: •  Exchange phone and email addresses. •  JTLs – email! •  Set a regular meeting time.
  19. 19. The Basics•  Let your ALT make •  ALTs: Exceed your your job easier. expectations.•  You are the model, so •  “Accept the things I be a good one. cannot change…” •  Chill out.
  20. 20. Learning from Experience“What is this endless series of meaningless experiences trying to teach me?”!
  21. 21. Questions and Discussion

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