This morning I was planning on updating the website and sending off the newsletters, but I only got time to send off the English one.Then at lunchtime it was time to go out to today’s school.

This is a school that only started English in April, but two of the teachers have attended Genki English workshops. I wasn’t expecting too much but they were fantastic!!! The teachers had already done What’s your name? and Left and Right so the kids nailed those, but it was their attitude that was so good!! They were already well into the “losing just means try again” thing and it made such a huge, huge difference! In fact I only had to imply they lost at something and they were on their feet clapping and shouting “try again!”. Wow. I have taught at schools as good as this before, but they’ve all had great ALTs, this is the first time I’ve ever been to a school that’s so good and it’s all down the to Japanese teachers! So if ever proof was needed that Genki English works for your average teacher on the ground, then here it is!

Then afterwards it was a teaching seminar, which was good, eventhough my computer crashed! ( Microsoft had just issued a security patch this morning!). The teachers were well into it, and if they continue like this this could be a really good school to watch!

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...