SDC 2015

JETs from all over Shizuoka Prefecture will be coming together for this year’s Skill Development Conference (SDC) to be held over 12 and 13 of November.

In keeping with tradition, all 2nd year and above ALTs will be presenting workshops or teaching bazaar activities on topics ranging from how to start a lesson plan, to how to prepare for a speech contest to how to go about learning Japanese in Japan. SDC theme for this year is: Setting Team-Teaching Goals. Over the two days, SDC Committee members will facilitate dedicated sessions to explore this theme.

To make the SDC relevant to attending JTEs, CLAIR will deliver workshops that focus on improving communication with ALTs. We have guest presenter Dr. Gregory Glasgow , Language Lecturer and Coordinator, New York University School of Professional Studies and English Language Specialist, Embassy of the United States to Tokyo, to deliver workshops geared towards delivering the English lesson in English and making communicative assessment activities more relevant to English classrooms across Shizuoka. We are also joined by Marcus Springer (former Shizuoka JET and current Lecturer at the Shizuoka University of Art and Culture) to help ALTs and JTEs find new ways to foster student motivation, increase the implementation of communicative activities in class and helping JETs think of their next step after JET.

The annual Shizuoka SDC is the only formal opportunity where all ALTs in the geographical Shizuoka Prefecture can get together  and network with not only each other, but with attending JTEs and external presenters. We are honored by the presence of Stephen G. Kovacsics, Principal Officer, Consulate of the United States to Nagoya, Japan, for a meet and greet with Shizuoka JETs at the end of the first day of this year’s SDC.

We hope this year’s SDC to be a stellar success by aiding ALTs and JTEs alike to reflect on team-teaching issues and practices throughout the prefecture.

 

2015 Shizuoka SDC Committee

SDC 2014 Presentation Proposals Due July 17th

Preparations are underway for this year’s Skill Development Conference on November 13th-14th. Please click on the following link for a letter about the conference that includes forms to submit for SDC presentation proposals:

EB Version – SDC 2014 Letter#1 & Presentation Proposal Forms (Word)

EB Version – SDC 2014 Letter#1 & Presentation Proposal Forms (PDF)

Every 2nd to 5th year Shizuoka ALT for the 2014-2015 JET year is required to make a presentation of some sort. This can include either presenting a workshop/moderating a forum OR arranging a table display/running a game at the Teaching Bazaar for the conference. Please see the letter for more information. Presentation proposal sheet(s) are due by Thursday, July 17th.

The attached letter also includes a Japanese translation for JTEs. Since this document is only being sent to ALTs, please give a copy of this to any JTEs who are attending SDC with you this year. Every year we receive many requests for more JTE-led workshops at SDC, so if you know any JTEs who could present a workshop, please encourage them to submit their own proposals.

Thank you in advance for your presentation proposals and your contributions to SDC this year. If you have any questions about the conference or proposal submissions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Thank you,

Megan Locke

Prefectural Advisor, Shizuoka

Please note: To avoid spam, I have removed the contact information for Kencho from this letter. If you need the fax number for Kencho, please let me know. Thank you.

SDC 2013 Presentation Materials

Thank you to everyone who came to this year’s Skill Development Conference, with special thanks to those who presented a workshop or table display/game during the Teaching Bazaar. Materials for the 2013 SDC presentations are now available to download through this site. To access, please hover over the “SDC” tab in the menu above, then click on “Bazaar Games”, “Bazaar Tables”, or “Workshops” to find the presentation you are looking for.

SDC 2013: Activity/Lesson Share

There’s about one month left to go before the Skills Development Conference this November 14th-15th, and the SDC Planning Committee is busy finalizing preparations for the big two days. Attached to this post is a letter from the planning committee regarding the “Activity/Lesson Share” scheduled for Day One (Thursday, November 14th) of the conference. All SDC attendees (JTEs and 1st year to 5th year ALTs) are required to participate in the Activity/Lesson Share. Please read the letter (available as both a Word & PDF version) for more information.

Included in the letter is an Activity/Lesson Submission Form. In preparation for SDC, please don’t forget to complete the form, print it out, and bring it with you to the conference. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

If you have any questions regarding the Activity/Lesson Share, please contact the Shizuoka Prefectural Advisor, Megan Locke.

Word Version: SDC 2013 Activity/Lesson Share — Explanation & Form

PDF Version: SDC 2013 Activity/Lesson Share — Explanation & Form

 

Kakegawa Orientation Workshop Powerpoints

I hope all of the new 2013-2014 ALTs enjoyed this year’s Kakegawa Orientation from August 14th-16th, and feel prepared  to start teaching at their schools after attending the various workshops. We’ve been asked to make the workshop Powerpoints available online, so here they are, by popular request. Thank you to the Kakegawa Orientation trainers for creating them!

-Megan

Workshop A: Japanese Schools 101

Workshop B: ALT Roles and Expectations

Workshop C: Building a Curriculum

Workshop D: Lesson Planning

Part 1   Part 2

Workshop E: Classroom Management (no Powerpoint)

Topical Workshops:

Cooking in Japan

 

SDC 2013 Presentation Proposals Due July 19

Preparations are underway for this year’s Skill Development Conference in November. Please click on the following link for a letter about the conference that includes forms to submit for SDC presentation proposals: SDC 2013 Letter #1 & Presentation Proposal Forms EB version

Every 2nd to 5th year Shizuoka ALT for the 2013-2014 JET year is required to make a presentation at either the Teaching Bazaar or at a workshop. Please see the letter for more information. Presentation proposal sheet(s) are due to Kencho by Friday, July 19th. You many either fax a copy of the form to Kencho or send a Word copy to my email address. If you prefer, you can also ask your school office to send the form by post to Kencho.

The attached letter also includes a Japanese translation for JTEs. Since this document is being only sent to ALTs, please give a copy of this to any JTEs who are attending SDC with you this year. Every year we receive many requests for more JTE led workshops at SDC, so if you know any JTEs who could present a workshop on one of their specialties at the conference, please encourage them to submit their own workshop proposals.

Thank you in advance for your presentation proposals and your contributions to SDC this year. If you have any questions about the conference or proposal submissions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

-Megan

Please note: To avoid spam, I have removed the contact information for Kencho from this letter. If you need the fax number for Kencho, please let the Shizuoka PA (Megan) know. Thank you.

2013 Regional Meetings

MEETING DATES/LOCATIONS:

Tobu (East Region Schools)
When: Monday, May 20th
Where: Mishima Choryo High School

Chubu (Central Region Schools)
When: Wednesday, May 22nd
Where: Kencho Annex Building, 20th floor, Room 1A

Seibu (West Region Schools)
When: Friday, May 24th
Where: Iwata Minami High School

ACCESS:
Please check your email for detailed directions to your specific meeting location.

SCHEDULE:

10:00~11:00 Opening, General Information, Forum on Current JET Issues
We will start off the meeting with general information from the Board of Education. There will also be time to address issues relevant to the JET community and situations that ALTs encounter in the workplace.

 11:00~11:15 Eigo Bento Presentation
Mark Simpson will give a short presentation on the revamped Eigo Bento website for Shizuoka ALTs to share their lesson plans and activities.

11:15~12:00 Lesson Plan Discussion & Exchange
ALTs will divide into small groups to share a lesson plan they have created and successfully used in class. Lesson plans should in principle have an oral communication focus, but you may bring lesson plans for writing or grammar-based classes if you do not have anything appropriate. The purpose of this activity is not only to exchange lesson ideas with your fellow ALTs but also to discuss what makes a lesson successful and how to continually improve our lesson planning skills as teachers.

12:00~13:00 Lunch
Please bring your own lunch, or money to buy lunch nearby. A list of lunchtime options for your regional meeting was sent to your email.

13:00~13:30 Lesson Group Presentations
One member will present on behalf of each lesson planning discussion group to everyone in attendance.

13:30~14:30 Guidance for Returning ALTs OR Presentation/Discussion for Re-contracting ALTs
Those finishing their contract this summer will move to another room for a meeting with me. Those continuing into the 2013-14 JET year will have a presentation or discussion led by one of their fellow JETs.

14:30~15:15 Presentation on Living and Working in Japan
I will be giving a presentation on “culture fatigue” designed to give everyone the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in Japan. We will also discuss strategies for dealing with the inevitable stresses that come from living and working in a foreign country.

15:15~16:00 Final Announcements and Questions
Information on recruitment of regional senpai JETs, summer English Camp schedules, and other administrative matters will be covered at this time. There is also a chance for ALTs to ask any remaining questions. The meeting will be officially dismissed at 16:00.

CHECKLIST:
–7 copies of a successful lesson plan you have used in the classroom
–Notebook and pens/pencils