Fast, Focused, and Friendly: MyShares
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What have you seen that just simply works? What new techniques are giving your students more insight into their learning; What new source is helping you incite great conversations? What books have you head? Come online this upcoming Wednesday, March 16th, for an online MyShare.
A MyShare is a short-format presentation. Either with a presentation, a whiteboard, or simply oral discussion, take your 15-20 minutes to shares your perspective, resources, or questions with Saitama JALT. To make this most effective, please contact us on FaceBook, contact an officer, or sign-up to get started.
12/5 Developments in Professional Development hosted by Gifu, Niigata, Saitama, and Shizuoka Chapters of JALT
Date: Sunday December 5, 2021
Time: 14:00–17:00 JST
Online via Zoom: Edzil.la link: https://gnss2021.edzil.la/ (No need to register or log in. Scroll past the log-in page, then choose the session you wish to attend).
Please join us on December 5 for five presentations exploring developments in professional development. Covering topics such as the benefits of collaborating with colleagues, the how to of publishing, institutional approaches to personal development, teacher wellbeing, and part-time teacher wellness in the time of Covid-19, this event guarantees something of interest for all educators. Session A begins at 14:00-14:45 with two concurrent sessions (please see below), and Session B runs from 15:00-15:45 with two concurrent sessions (please see below). Our plenary begins at 16:00 with a 17:00 finish. Abstract information will be provided on our respective JALT chapter homepages, and on our facebook pages. Edzil.la link: https://gnss2021.edzil.la/ Please pen this exciting event in your diaries.
Sessions: 14:00-14:45 Session A (with 2 concurrent workshops)
1) Collaborating to Create Strong Relationships and Better Instructors: Kazumi Kato, Wendy M. Gough
2) Getting Published: Melodie Cook
15:00-15:45: Session B (with 2 concurrent workshops)
1) ELI PD: An Institutional Approach to Teacher Professional Development: Jennie Roloff Rothman
2) Positive Psychology and Teacher Wellbeing: Mary Nobuoka
16:00-17:00: Plenary The Impact of Covid-19 on Part-time University English Teacher Wellness in Japan: Wendy M. Gough, Chiyuki Yanase, Colin Skeates, Bill Snyder
Cost: Free to all
Event in Planning:
Developments in Professional Development
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9/18 Kobe/Saitama JALT Chapters Present: Shifting from ALT Job to University Teaching & Narrative Inquiry into ALT Identity
We're inviting our members and their friends to participate in a MyShare online event Wednesday, February 17th, from 8:00PM until 9:30 or a little later, via Zoom teleconference.
Please use the following Zoom link to join the event:
Meeting ID: 984 3363 0766
MyShares are 15-minute, short-style presentations, which make them perfect for new presenters as well as experienced presenters that want to introduce a topic as a set up for a longer presentation in the future. We allot time based on first-come, first-serve, and it is entirely possible to choose to share something on the day of the event.
For this upcoming event, we have a simple theme: "What works?"
This is our first member-focused online event, and our first even in ages, so we're happy to work with you to develop your 10-15 minutes to make them the best they can be, while also welcoming the informal discussion that comes with online video discussion.
Some topics for the discussion session may include:
What advice would you give yourself a year ago?
What resources are you using that should be shared?
What was the biggest headache that you solved?
...and what's the biggest headache you haven't solved yet?
Featured Presenter: Miori Shimada
An effective Breakout Room activity for Engineering
The presenter briefly describes some issues that arose in university EFL classrooms due to the shift to online education. Considering these issues, the presenter designed the task-based Breakout Room sessions using the original worksheets for her engineering students' classes. The worksheets and the activity procedures will be explained to the audience. The feedback from the students who joined her Breakout Room sessions will also be shared.
Following the event, we will have a brief State of the Chapter Meeting. As your chief executive officer, I am taking responsibility for the lack of programing and communication over the last year. I'd like you to know how hard the individual officers of our organization have been working as academics, professionals, and family members over these months. It is the very same people who raise their hands to solve problems at schools and in their communities as the people who said "I want to make Saitama JALT better." It is the case that ultimately I couldn't provide the time and clarity that I believe we needed in the last year, and I will now do what I can to immediately re-position Saitama JALT as an advocate of its members, and help identify the leadership it needs for the coming years. It's been an honor to serve in the position for the second time (the first being when I helped us transition from Omiya to Saitama chapter), and I wish to see it receive the attention and care it deserves.
Saitama JALT is seeking new voices and leadership as it seeks to adapt to the current demands of Remote and Hybrid Teaching and Teacher Advocacy. Please consider how your needs as a language teacher can be met by the chapter and its resources.
Please use the following link below for presentation submissions. "February 17th" should be entered as the preferred date and "MyShare" as the presentation format.
How to Leverage Digital Pedagogy for Successful Online Classes
This is the Zoom Link.