Elementary Christmas Cards 小学校クリスマスカード


Today after teaching a Christmas lesson to one of my favorite 3rd year classes at my elementary, the kids took me by surprise!
Soon as i finished the farewell, they all ran up to me at once pushing dozens of Christmas cards they had written for me into my hands!


I thought this one was cute. My Japanese isn’t amazing but it basically says.

Dear Daniel,
English classes are fun, even though I don’t understand any English at all!
I now understand because the explanation was clear.
Please continue to teach me in the future.

All of the feels!

The Most Handsome Man in Space


It’s been one of those shougakkou 小学校 (elementary school) days that are bad for my ego.
Three of my san nen 三年生 (third grade) girls got in a heated argument that ended in an epic janken battle!
Kana: Daniel you are the most handsome man (lit:イケメン) in Japan.
Hana: No you’re wrong, he’s No. 1 in the whole world.
Ayumi: No no no, in all of space too!

tl;dr According to 8yr olds I’m the most handsome man in space!

One Piece Lesson


Today I taught a 1年生 (first grade) One Piece themed lesson that I had been working on all week and needless to say the kids went crazy for it, BIG SUCCESS!

After class one of my students came up to me and was like ‘This is Tako-Sensei. He is my hero’ (Today’s grammar point). If you are an ALT and would like to check it out or use it I have uploaded it in the link below.


#meltedhearts #clichéilovemykidspost

Hipster Animal Reward Tokens


Just finished making my new student reward system for 2013 l, this year they are getting hipster animals, why you ask…..

When I asked my new OTE what kind of reward tokens she wanted me to make all she said was ‘I don’t care, whatever makes you happy’.

Now ithought to myself yano what always makes me happy kitsune, tako, pugs and mother fracking grumpy cat! (*^◯^*)

Elementary School Thank-You Notes


I rocked up to work today at my Thursday shougakko To find a little booklet full of letters to me. A couple of my 2年生小学校 (2nd year elementary) kids had written me notes to say thank you as they had so much fun during our last class where we played the ‘evolution game’ and I taught them the ‘jellyfish song’ かわいい!!

It’s days like this I think to myself ‘yeah I’m doing something right’ (^ω^)

小学校サッカーロボ (Elementary School Soccer Robots)


Just spent the last 90 minutes building and playing with サッカーロボ (soccer robots) in rika 理解 (science class) with a couple dozen 10 year olds at my Tuesday elementary school, pretty much had the best time ever!