Our latest ‘Introduction to participatory activities
on sale from Gakuji-shuppan on 14th August

Contents

  1. Tools for learning: 30 must-know activities
    1. Basic warm-up activities
    2. Basic activities for research work
    3. Basic activities for discussion/debate
    4. Basic activities for presentation
    5. Basic activities for drama work
  2. Directing ways of learning: 20 key points for ‘designing + administration + reflection’
    1. Designing learning
    2. Administering learning
    3. Reflecting on learning
  3. Practice reports: How I make use of educational activities
    1. Connecting schools in Gumma and Tokyo via Skype (Elementary school)
    2. Lessons of social studies using hot seating (Middle school)
    3. Cambodia sewing project (High school)
    4. The all-France inter-highschool assembly for presentations in the Japanese language
  4. Guide: To be ‘a teacher = a director of learning’ –Introduction to the acquisition-oriented learning

The 13th summer seminar (August 2018)

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The new-year camp (the 130th regular meeting) was held

The new-year camp was held from Friday, 4 January to Saturday, 5 January at the familiar venue of Tokyo Sports & Culture Hall (BumB) in Shin-kiba. Day 1 was started by Mr Oyake Shunta’s practice report in Session 1. As a young teacher, Mr Oyake reported on his creative lessons in social studies. In Session 2 that followed, Prof. Miyazaki, who moved to Hirosaki University this school year, talked about his ambitious lessons for students of the teacher-training course. Participants reflected on the history of the SAOL and discussed its future by reviewing the society’s achievements, exchanging impressions of Vol. 4 of its serial books, explaining plans for research and […]

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The 129th regular meeting was held

The 129th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 15 December. It was held as an open seminar where a dialogue between Prof. Ishii Hidemasa (Kyoto University) and Prof. Watanabe Takahiro (Tokyo Gakugei University) took place. The theme was ‘researcher-teachers x reflective teachers’. They talked about how to train teachers who will go beyond merely covering a given syllabus so that they can think on their own, practice the ideas and reflect on the practice. Having studied under the same professor at Kyoto University, both academics are the best friend of each other on the personal basis, but they did not hesitate to criticise each other as scholars. Their earnest conversation […]

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The 128th regular meeting was held

The 128th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 17 November. Below are the procedures. Open workshop ’Studies of teachers’ life courses: a case of Ms Morozumi’ (Main contents) Explanation of the purposes of studies of teachers’ life courses and of the procedures by Prof. Watanabe Self-presentation of Ms Morozumi Group discussions on the information and preparations for group presentations Presentations Reflections This programme has the following three objectives. To pursue active and expressive learning styles by combining interviews and semi-impromptu presentations, To promote communication between generations within the SAOL through interviews with experienced teachers and their response, and To develop and propose new in-service training for the age of mass […]

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The 127th regular meeting was held

The 127th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 20 October. The following was the programme. Introduction of schemes for publishing ’the SAOL books of activities’ Open workshop ‘Introduction to the KP method’ Facilitator: Mr Fujimaki Akira (Meguro Gakuin Junior and Senior High School) The purpose of this event was to offer an additional opportunity for participants to experience workshops popular at the summer seminar. It went like the following. Explanation of the KP method by Mr Fujimaki Mini in-group presentations using the KP on the theme of ‘My favourite things’ Brainstorming ideas using the mini-KP in search of a theme appropriate for a whole-group KP presentation From in-group presentations to […]

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The 126th regular meeting was held

The 126th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 22 September. The agenda was the following. Reports of recent news of the participants Open seminar by Professor Ikeno Norio, ‘Citizenship education and drama in education: encompassing education for international understanding’ Prof. Ikeno’s speech not only stimulated the audience but also made view-broadening reference to the SAOL’s objectives of citizenship education and drama in education.

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The 13th summer seminar ended a success

On Tuesday, 7th August, the 13th summer seminar was held, with approximately 100 participants this year too. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who came over. One significant feature of this seminar was the number of people who teach the Japanese language overseas. They came all the way from France, Italy, Switzerland, and Taiwan among others. Activities for acquisition-oriented learning seemed to be gaining popularity in Japanese language education. These attendees added an international flavour to the seminar. The general assembly consisted of the keynote speech by the president Watanabe and a practice report by a member Fujimitsu. Ms Fujimitsu impressed the audience by how she improved […]

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The 125th regular meeting was held

The 125th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 21 July. The contents were the following. Self-introduction Assignment of tasks for members at the summer seminar Discussion on plans for workshops at the summer seminar Announcement of miscellaneous information On the summer seminar On the progress of Vol. 4 With the summer seminar to be held the following month, facilitators of each workshop reported their plans at the meeting. The remaining members asked various questions and offered advice. The preparation for the seminar started in earnest.

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The SAOL server is up and running again

Our server had been down since the end of last week, but it is up and running again. We apologise for any inconveniences the problem may have caused to those who tried to access our site during this time. The summer seminar is still open for application. Please do ask your colleagues to join you in your registration.

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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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