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The 124th regular meeting was held

The 124th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 16 June. The programme was the following: self-introduction study of teachers’ life courses brain storming for Vol.5 announcements: (i) the summer seminar, and (ii) report on progress of Vol.4. A study of teachers’ life courses was continued from last meeting. This time, activities to learn from Mr Shimoyama’s progress as a teacher. Like last time, they took the steps of . Participants were impressed with his unique career with many vicissitudes.

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Registration for the summer seminar is now open

Register (till 25 July) (The link is in Japanese only. Should you need assistance, please contact us at info[at]kakutokuken.jp. Replace [at] with @.) ============================================= Commemorating publication of Vol.4 of the SAOL series ‘Handbook for directors of learning’ The 13th summer seminar of the SAOL New developments in instruction in ways of learning II !! — Designing and administering active learning — ============================================= Announcing the 13th seminar by the SAOL. The SAOL has been pursuing ‘collaborative’ learning ‘through the whole body’. The SAOL has developed over 100 educational activities (dramawork, warm-ups, presentations, and more) which are universally applicable across school types — from the elementary through tertiary levels — or subjects, […]

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The 123rd regular meeting was held

The 123rd regular meeting was held on Saturday, 19 May. The main features are given below:   self-introduction warm-ups (by Mr Kurihara) study of teachers’ life courses (learning from Mr Fukuyama and Mr Hayakawa’s progress as teachers) reports on progress of Vol.4 and discussion on the concept of Vol.5 on preparation for the summer seminar. The central point of the meeting was ‘study of teacher’s life courses’, from which participants learned about Mr Fukuyama and Mr Hayakawa’s progress as teachers. The result is to be reflected in Vol.5. The participants heard brief overviews of the two teachers’ long paths, starting from their birth through adolescence to days they served as […]

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The 122nd regular meeting was held

The 122nd regular meeting was held on Saturday, 21 April. The contents were the following: reports on participants’ recent news explanations of activity plans for this year general explanations of the summer seminar open interviews reports on progress of Vol.4 review of the presentation festival for high school students. The meeting centred around 4.open interviews, where Mr Mishima Koji of Dramacation Spread Centre served as the interviewer. The interviewees were two members of the SAOL: Mr Miyazaki Michiharu (ex-teacher at Toho Elementary School) and Mr Kurihara Shigeru (ex-teacher of Tokyo Metropolitan elementary schools). Main points asked of them were 1. current situations of communication among children, 2. reactions of children […]

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The 121st regular meeting was held

Please find below information on the last regular meeting of the SY held on Saturday, 17th March. (1) First, Mr Hayamawa and Ms Kosuge reported on ‘The second all-France inter-highschool assembly for presentations in the Japanese language’ (held at the Institute of Japanese Culture in Paris on 3rd March). With great excitement, the two teachers spoke about the presentations by French high school students, showing slides depicting the assembly. The assembly was planned and run by Ms Fujimitsu Yuko, a staff member of the institute of Japanese culture in Paris, as well as a member of the SAOL. *Links to the site of the assembly https://www.mcjp.fr/ja/agenda/journee-inter-lycees-dexposes-en-japonais-jp    https://www.mcjp.fr/fr/agenda/journee-inter-lycees-dexposes-en-japonais (2) Second, progress […]

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The 106th regular meeting was held

The 106th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 17 September. This meeting began with a warm-up activity lead by Miyazaki Michiharu (Toho Elementary School). We were divided into two groups and went through the activity “relay of feelings” from the Project Adventure. We then reflected on the “11th SAOL’s Summer Seminar” which was held on August 7 (Sunday). Focused on eight contents of the workshops, the timing, theme and program configuration, we exchanged views about the role sharing as well. In addition, for the meeting the following month, we discussed and brain-stormed about what to ask r what to talk about with Matsushita Kayo (Kyoto University), who will be invited. […]

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The 11th summer seminar was held

The 11th SAOL Summer Seminar was held on August 7, (Sun), deepening our path to active learning. We are thankful to a number of educators who attended the seminar. ◆ There was a participation of a total of 75 people, including those who participated from abroad. As the current feature, a lot of teachers in active service from elementary schools to high schools joined. It was the first time for many of them to join our SAOL seminar. ◆ The morning program began with a warm-up activity, moving on to a plenary session. Following the keynote proposals on active learning, two of the reporters introduced the practices and knowledge titled […]

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The 105th regular meeting was held

The 105th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 16 July. The purpose of this meeting was to prepare for the “11th SAOL Summer Seminar” to be held on August 7 (Sunday). First, after confirming each role and workshop, we made small groups to discuss each plan. 4 different workshops will be held both in the morning and afternoon. On the basis of each facilitator’s plan, the theme and types of activities were discussed and each plan was made more specific and concrete. In addition, the wrap-up meeting at the end of Summer Seminar was planned to review the contents so as to receive various comments and interact with many participants. […]

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The 104th regular meeting was held

The 104th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 18 June. The mini practice report was done by Morozumi Keiko (Saitama Prefectural Tokorozawa-kita High School). 30 students visit a sister school in New Zealand every summer and go to the elementary school there to introduce Japanese culture. The other report was about her English class. As an introductory activity, students learned about the background of the Holocaust with the jigsaw method. Following the mini practice report, for the coming summer seminar on August 7 (Sunday), the members in charge of each workshop talked about their plan and we exchanged opinions. The contents of the workshop will also be introduced on our […]

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The 103 regular meeting was held

The 103rd regular meeting was held on Saturday, 21st May. From this fiscal year on, mini-workshop and/or mini-practice reports will be provided in order to catch up on the daily activities of the members. Following the meeting for the summer seminar in August, Kurihara Shigeru (Teikyo Elementary School) introduced the activities he is doing in his physical education class. In the mini-practice report, Tsujimoto Kyoko (NPO corporation coexistence of forest network) introduced the “Kikigaki Koshien” (oral recollections of experts) which greet the 15th this year. Hatsuumi Shigeru (Hachioji Municipal Yarimizu Junior High ) gave a report on the involvement of the parents from the teaching practice exercises. He is in […]

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The 102nd regular meeting was held

The 102nd regular meeting was held on Saturday, 16th April. After two-minute speeches by the participants on their recent news, they reflected on the spring seminar on Saturday, 26th March. Ideas were exchanged on the administration as well as on the morning symposium and the afternoon workshop. On the basis of the reflection, the participants went on to discuss plans for a summer seminar to be held on Sunday, 7th August. The theme of the summer seminar is ‘Introduce multifaceted learning to the classroom through activities!! –Ways of enjoying active learning–‘. The participants brainstormed how the accumulation of the SAOL’s research findings could help make the seminar beneficial for both […]

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The 10th annual spring seminar was held

The 10th annual spring seminar was held on Saturday, 26th March. We are thankful to a number of educators who attended the seminar in spite of their busy schedule at the end of a school year. The theme this time was ‘Active learning and educational presentations’. The seminar provided an opportunity to publicise a compilation of the SAOL’s endeavor in educational presentation over the last four years, making reference to our newest book ‘Educational presentations — Their purposes, techniques, and practice’ which was published by Junposha in November of last year. In the keynote, our president Watanabe Jun reported how educational presentation is inseparable from active learning. In the special […]

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The 101st regular meeting was held

The 101st regular meeting was held on Saturday, March 12. The theme of the meeting was to prepare for our annual spring seminar to be held on Saturday, March 26 under the title of ‘Active learning and educational presentations’. First, participants checked the programme and their roles of the day. After singing a song together as a warm-up activity, they discussed plans for the symposium and the workshops. As for the symposium, three speakers (Ms Kosuge Nozomi, Shibukawa City Elementary School; Mr Hayakawa Norio, Nakamura High School; Prof. Watanabe Takahiro, Tokyo Gakugei University) spoke of their plans, after which participants exchanged ideas for the contents and procedures, including how the […]

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The 100th regular meeting (the 10th new year camp) was held

The SAOL celebrated the 100th regular meeting (the 10th new year camp), held at BumB for two days from the 4th to the 5th of January. Approximately twenty members joined the camp, including those from Akita, Kyoto, and Okayama. Day 1 was composed of the following activities: a review of the presentation festival for high school students held in last November, a discussion on the spring seminar scheduled for the 26th of March, preparation for the Akariza-tour to be held at Tokushima University on the 23rd of January, an exchange of impressions of our third volume ‘Educational Presentations’, and a lecture by President Watanabe on a theoretical analysis of the […]

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The 99th regular meeting was held

The 99th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 19 December. In the first part, our member Ms Fujita Mariko (Hokkaido Ohtani Muroran High School) reported on a subject entitled ‘career learning’. It is a school designated subject launched for the seniors at the beginning of this school year. ‘Initiatives for “career learning”‘ was the title of her report. Ms Fujita spoke of the processes where the teachers, as well as the students, made positive changes as facilitators through lessons incorporating group work and discussion. As for the Akariza tour to be held on Saturday, 23 January at Tokushima University, current situations were reported by Ms Misumi Tomoko (Tokushima University). An […]

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