2018 OC2

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Course description

This is an intensive course that meets fourth and fifth periods on Mondays during April and July. It is designed to:

  • Prepare you for your student-teaching experience.
  • Help you learn how to be an effective and efficient classroom observer.
  • Improve your ability to use English when teaching English and discussing educational issues.
  • Provide you with opportunities to practice and apply the principles of design thinking, student centered learning, problem based learning, and inquiry based learning.
  • Provide you with opportunities to facilitate simulated lessons.
  • Please be prepared to spend a significant amount of time preparing for each class. Please remember that the homework is preparation for the next class. Your homework will involve watching videos, reading articles, designing mini-lessons and classroom activities, and working with your classmates.

    Here is what I expect from you.

    OC2 Expectations

    1. That you will do your best to improve your English
      1. Take notes systematically.
      2. Write down new words, phrases, information.
      3. Review what you learned and practice it daily.
    2. That you will think about what we talk about in class.
      1. This means communicating with your classmates outside of class, sharing your questions and ideas.
      2. Write down your questions and ideas systematically.
    3. That you will come to class prepared to participate meaningfully.
      1. You will have done the homework mindfully.
      2. You will have done extra reading to learn more about the topics.
      3. You will have interesting ideas and questions to share with other students.
    4. That you will take risks and try out new expressions, vocabulary, ideas, and ways of interacting with others.
      1. This means that you will do your best to get over your fear of mistakes.
      2. Fear of mistakes is the main obstacle in the way of your growth.
      3. You will communicate when you don’t understand.
      4. You will ask questions whenever you have them.
    5. That you will be polite to everyone in class. This means always saying:
      1. Please
      2. Excuse me
      3. Thank you
      4. Your welcome
      5. Nice talking/working with you
      6. Good afternoon
      7. Asking how people are
    6. That you will be respectful to everyone in the class.
      1. You will listen actively to others.
      2. If someone has a different opinion, you will help them express their ideas by asking thoughtful questions.
      3. You will support them in their exploring new and different ideas by using open-ended questions.
    7. In the case that you don’t like this class or are not that interested in what we are doing:
      1. Try and find another class or professor (if possible) that is a better fit for you.
      2. If you choose to stay in the class, you agree to meet my expectations.
      3. You will talk with me about your concerns and give me a chance to make the class a better fit for you.
    8. Most importantly, you will come to class prepared to learn.

    Week 1


    • Course introduction.

    • Official syllabus.

    • Working with your classmates, answer these questions.

    • What are 3 goals related to your major you want to achieve this year?

    • Working with your group members, come up with a list of your values for teaching.

    • Think about and try to describe a final group project for this class that would be interesting and challenging for you.


    • Please read the expectations above, and make sure you understand them.

    • Think about what you learned last year about English education and education in general. Be prepared to spend 5-7 minutes speaking with your classmates about what you learned and how it affected you. You can make a mind map or use regular notes to help you in your discussion. There is no homework upload this week.

    Week 2


    • Review.
    • Group project discussion and decision.
    • Pair and group discussions.
    • Introduction to first principles.
    • Doing lots with minimal resources: A talk by Charles Leadbeater.
    • What does teacher observation look like? I cannot get this video to work on my iPhone but it does work on my iPad. You might have better luck. Otherwise, please try watching it on a computer or tablet or maybe an Android device.
    • Using the student teaching observation form.


    • Watch the teacher observation video again, but this time use the student teaching observation form to take notes. Bring your papers to the next class.

    • Continue to make your list of needed vocabulry for observing classes.

    Week 3


    • Review.
    • The language needed for teacher observations.
    • Observable behavior versus internal states.
    • Simulated teaching activities.
    • Deciding on final projects.
    • Join Slack.
    • Download the Slack app.


    • Find an online video of a teacher training session or a class, preferably a language class in Japan. Observe the class using the form and come to the next class ready to explain what you saw. Please remember to write down the link so we can view the video in class.

    • Continue to think about what you want to do for a final project. You will need to make a decision by the May 8 class.

    Golden Week Break

    No class April 30.

    Week 4


    • Golden Week fact finding activity.
    • Review.
    • Final projects discussion.
    • Observing teachers. —-


    • For the next few weeks, you will be involved with teacher training. Please keep a journal about your daily experiences. Write about what you learned, what you saw, and what you didn’t understand. Be prepared to talk about your experiences as a student teacher when we resume in July. Good luck and I hope you find the experience rewarding and interesting, both intellectually and personally.

    Week 5


    • Welcome back senseis.
    • Sharing your experiences.
    • Finding one student’s story to share.
    • Learning how to use stories (narratives) to explain experience.
    • Discussing what worked and didn’t work.
    • What did you learn about the teaching theories you learned?
    • Final project discussion.


    • Create a mind map about your teaching experience. Make sure to include little short stories that illustrate your ideas and make your experiences real for your audience.
    • Watch this TED talk by Sugata Mitra, paying careful attention to the first part where he discusses the history and requirements of the education system he knows.
    • Based on your student-teaching experience, what do you think about his ideas? Which of his ideas would work in Japan? How would you. Adapt his ideas to the classes you taught?
    • Be ready to discuss your ideas in the next class.

    Week 6 (July 9)

    Class canceled.

    Week 7


    • Sugar Mitra TED talk discussion.
      • What were is his main idea?
      • What did he do exactly?
      • What does he believe about learning?
      • How is Mitra’s approach to learning different or similar to the approaches of teachers you have had as well as your mentor teachers?


    • Prepare a 15 minute interactive activity/discussion about the student teaching experience. This is not a presentation but an activity that engages the participants and helps them understand their experiences through sharing and discussion. Please use the evaluation form.

    Week 8