Baseball Men!! in 2016

Baseball Men!! in 2016

Self Introduction

Hi, My name is Takeshi Hamada. I belong to the baseball club. My major in the teaching English education because my dream is an English teacher since high school. Anyway, I'm glad to see you very much. This is a destiny, I'm convinced. So, I hope we will be able to develop ourselves by motivating each other. Best Wish!!

My Teaching Philosophy (October29, 2015→February12,2016)

I'm convinced that it is very important to communicate with each other in the English class. One of the best ways to foster learning is to demonstrate teachers' feelings to students. Teachers encourage learning by creating a relaxed environment for students, stimulating conversation about concepts being presented and organizing material in a way that makes it easiest to understand.

An English-language teacher's role is

1. To place students at the center of the class. Students should play a leading role in the lesson. 2. To provide students with enough experiences so that they can regard English as a communication tool. 3. To become a proficient user of English and make students proficient users of English inside and outside classroom. 4.  To understand various cultures so that students can hear a lot of profound stories from teachers and deepen their understanding of other cultures. My critical incidents in my Teaching Experiences show that I have many opinions related to English-teaching but I do not know what the best solutions for those issues are. Therefore, I have to learn harder and try to understand the essence of English-teaching. I hope I can improve my teaching skills through ETM classes.

My Development Goals (October29, 2015→February12,2016)

The ultimate goal of teaching is to promote learning. For the most part, learning takes place in many different circumstances and contexts. Although everyone is capable of learning, a student's desire to learn is a vital to mastering new concepts, principles, and skills.

1. Understand official teaching guidelines.

To conduct meaningful classes for JHS students, teachers have to understand what they should teach them.

2. Understand and consider why we learn English.

To motivate students to learn English, teachers should have clear purposes of learning English and should make students find their own purposes.

3. Understand and internalize the broad principles of Communicative-Language-Teaching and other relevant theories.

To become an English-language teacher who conducts interesting and meaningful classes, understanding of many principles and theories about English teaching is necessary.

4. Learn about Learner-Centered Teaching and provide JHS students with such classes.

I would like to put students center of the class. They should play a leading role in classes. 

5. Be able to select an appropriate topic and materials according to students' level.

Although choosing an proper topic and materials for students may be the most important work for teachers, it may be the most difficult work for them.

6. Become proficient users of English inside and outside the classroom.  I believe teachers should be role models for all the students.

My Development in 2014 - 2016

Critical Incident1: I taught an English class at Nakano ES with four other student-teachers. I found that if a teacher translates English into Japanese a lot in classes, students tend to listen to only Japanese because they do not need to understand English. Although students cannot understand what the teacher means if the teacher speaks English as if they talked with a native speaker, students can understand teacher's English if every English instruction is given slowly, clearly, and repeatedly.

Critical Incident2:

In our class, three critical incidents happened. First, it was better than I had thought. We planned to let students learn both name of subjects and day of the week in English when we had mock lesson in the university. However, Mr. Suzuki gave us an advice to simplify the content of class. So, we tried to teach only subjects to students. I think that`s why it was better than I had thought. Second, the accident happened when we were singing. Though they could sing that part after we teach them that part many times, I thought it was difficult for them to sing that song. I noticed that we have not understood children’s level until then. Thirdly, we wanted students to remember how to say kokugo in English. However, we noticed that we forgot the paper, and we kept on going without Japanese. This accident was happened by lack of attention.  

Critical Incident3:

When I looked at reflection sheets, I was very happy because most of the students said that they could know how to do in each evacuation drills in English. To be honest, I had expected students just said, “It was fun” or “I could learn about the meaning of must and must not”. I was glad that students could understand what I want to say. Ms.Sawaguchi told me that it was the best introduction to listen to the CD at first. I thought students could image what they learned about in this class. If they could not understand what I meant in the beginning, they would be able to get to know what to do eventually because what students listened to the CD could stay in their head. O the other hands, my explanation was too long. Before this class, I thought I would try to speak English as much as possible. However, I noticed some people could not understand what I was saying. So, I had to speak Japanese following English. After the class, I realized that I should have spoken easy-English, and it did not take much time to speak Japanese. I guess it is very important to summarize what I want to say briefly. I could have taken care of the blackboard for students. There were some people who were not good at studying English. It is an easier way for them to make sense of what they should do in terms of vision.