Regular Meetings

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 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 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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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 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 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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The 98th regular meeting was held

The 98th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 14 November. The meeting this time was held at Toho Elementary School in order for the participants to join a workshop by the school’s librarian Ms Watanabe Haruna. They experienced the flow from research work to presentation as they read an information magazine for elementary school children as an example. They chose and read an issue in pairs. As they read together, they kept notes on points of their interest on cards, which were then grouped. Then the participants selected items to focus on so that they could prepare for presentations to be done individually. They recoginised the effect and universality of […]

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The 97th regular meeting was held

The 97th regular meeting was held on Saturday, 17 October. Main features were practice reports by our members. The first report was given by Aoki Sachiko (Showa Women’s University) and it was entitled ‘Adventures of practicum in teacher training through active learning.’ She reported on her five-day intensive course, where students got to know each other until they disclosed their inner selves. The second report was by Sekine Mari (Keimei Gakuen), and the title was ‘On being an SGHA.’ SGHA is short for Super Global High School Associate, and Keimei was appointed the title because of their international education over the years. In between these reports was an interim report […]

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The 96th regular meeting was held

The 96th regular meeting was held on 16 September at College of Humatnities and Sciences, Nihon University.  Firstly, each participant reported his/her recent news.  In particular, Ms Misumi Tomoko (Tokushima University) explained the concepts of ‘Tokushima Consortium of “Intercultural Caravans for Community Creation”‘, which is to be held in January next year. Reflections on the tour of Akariza in Okinawa followed.  The tour was entitled ‘Learning modern history of Okinawa through educational presentations.’  This event was jointly held by the SAOL, Okinawa Society of History Education, and the Fukutsukan Museum in Naha City on 20 August.  For a start, Mr Miyazaki Michiharu (Toho Elementary School) gave a brief introduction of […]

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International symposium on drama education and citizenship education was held

On 11 July, the SAOL hosted an international symposium at the College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University in Tokyo under the title ‘Drama education and citizenship education in the UK and in Japan’. This symposium was held as part of a joint research project whose members include the following speakers as well as Ian Davies (University of York) and Fukazawa Hiroaki (Hiroshima University). Sarah Olive (University of York) Using notions of advocacy to problematise representations of actors with learning difficulties in Growing up Downs Victoria Elliott (Oxford University) Masks and roles: developing skills for citizenship participation in drama-based interventions with at-risk students Ikeno Norio (Hiroshima University) The reproducible understanding […]

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The 94th regular meeting was held

The 94th regular meeting was held on 20 June. The meeting was held at Seikei Elementary School, where our member Mr Hayashi Hisahiro teaches. Participants observed open lessons offered by the school on the morning as part of their 100th anniversary celebration. Mr Hayashi gave a lesson entitled ‘weather trials’ to grade 2 children in the first period, which employed the activity of debate drama. The children created skits in small groups so that they can appeal their choice of weather to be granted by the judge performed by the teacher. In the second period, he gave a lesson to grade 1 children under the name of ‘Let’s collect “words”‘. […]

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The 93rd regular meeting was held

The 93rd regular meeting was held on 16 May. In the first session, two practice reports were given. Misumi Tokomo (Tokushima University) reported on her activities in which exchange students at Tokushima University interact with local residents. The report was entitled ‘Building a multicultural community through interactions with exchange students’. Hayakawa Norio (Nakamura High School) introduced his recent publication and lessons and related activities inspired by the book. The book is entitled ‘Through the Great Air Raids in Tokyo’, whose main motive was the school journal kept by teachers during the days of Nakamura Senior Girls’ School. In the second session, participants reported on their daily practices. They experimented with […]

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The 91st regular meeting was held

The 91st regular meeting was held on 14 March. Preparation for our spring seminar was the first item on the agenda. In the meeting, each speaker of the symposium revealed their plans. The seminar this year will be a joint venture between the Dramacation Spread Center and the SAOL. Participants can look forward to the chemical reaction this collaboration will create. On the morning of the seminar, facilitators from the Center will give workshops. Workshops entitled ‘Presentation festival for grown-ups’ by members of the SAOL will follow in the afternoon. The procedures were discussed. In the next session, plans for SY2015, the first year of our fourth term, were explained. […]

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New year camp (the 90th regular meeting) was held

Our annual new year camp was held on 4-5 January. The first day started with a report by president Watanabe on his visit to the UK. The audience was impressed by the magnificent buildings of universities and high school students working on their course in drama. The session was followed by a review of the rules of activities in our third book. The participants tackled the different kind of difficulty from that associated with practice reports. In addition, plans for the upcoming spring seminar were released. After supper came reviews of our latest presentation festival for high school students as well as those of the activities of the SAOL itself. […]

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The 89th regular meeting was held

The 89th regular meeting was held on 20 December. The meeting started with an explanation of the new year camp and the spring seminar, as well as a change of schedule for the third volume. A practice report by Mr Kurihara Shigeru (Teikyo University Elementary School) followed. The title was ‘Attempts to “create lessons where learners gain insights into emotions of characters through the body”‘. The report was based on his PE class in which children expressed the movement of waves which appeared in a textbook for the Japanese language for the fifth grade on gymnastic mats. The second half was devoted to a dance workshop by Professor Yagi Arisa […]

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The 88th regular meeting was held

The 88th regular meeting was held on 15 November. The third review of drafts for the third volume ‘Educational presentations which make your lessons enjoyable’ was done. After an explanation by President Watanabe of the first chapter ‘Educational presentations: their philosophy, practice, and activities’, participants discussed three drafts in as many groups and shared their ideas in the whole group. With regard to the presentation festival for high school students to be held on Sunday, 23 November, participants checked the progress and the roles of members in addition to rehearsing the teacher demonstration.

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The 87th regular meeting was held

The 87th regular meeting was held on 18 October. The theme of the day was to have a second round of review of drafts for Volume 3 of our serial book ‘Educational presentations which make your lessons enjoyable’. The overall format and points for consideration were checked first. Then the participants were divided into three groups, each of which reviewed three drafts. A total of nine drafts were reviewed, and ideas were shared as a whole group. Also discussed were the Presentation Festival for High School Students, which is to be held on 23 November, and New Year Camp, which is scheduled for January.

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The 86th regular meeting was held

The 86th regular meeting was held on 20 September. The meeting was held at Meguro Gakuin Jr. & Sr. High School. Eleven members of the SAOL joined ‘the Presentations of Studies on Presentation Skills’ as guest commentators held at the school. Sixteen teams comprising both students of the first year through the fifth and teachers gave presentations on outreach lessons, internship experiences and overseas camps among others in a variety of forms. As for preparation for our third volume of our serial book entitled ‘Educational presentations which make your lessons enjoyable’, a total of six drafts were reviewed in three groups. Ideas for revisions were later shared as a whole […]

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The 85th regular meeting was held

The 85th regular meeting was held on 19 July. In the session for practice report, Fujimaki Akira (Meguro Gakuin High School) talked about a lesson of his high school ethics class. The title was ‘Practice of everyday lessons which incorporates educational activities — Proposals for “lessons for learner autonomy”‘. In the next session, President Watanabe gave guidance on the protocols for reporting classroom practice, which are to be used in writing drafts for our third book. Discussion on drafts of classroom reports by Hayashi Hisahiro (Seikei Elementary School) and Takeda Fumiko (Ritsumeikan University) followed. Finally, prospective writers discussed their ideas or plans for their articles in two groups, which were […]

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The 84th regular meeting was held

The 84th regular meeting was held on 21 June. The participants continued with the preparation for our third book ‘Educational presentations which make your lessons enjoyable’, which is scheduled to be published at the end of this academic year. Drafts submitted by Morozumi Keiko (Saitama Prefectural Tokorozawa Kita High School) and Watanabe Takahiro (Tokyo Gakugei University) were the main focus of discussion. The second half was the 7th session of our lecture series. The guest speaker was Professor Kamijo Haruo (Tohoku Fukushi University), who talked about his professional career under the title of ‘My personal history on lesson studies – with an emphasis on lessons in the form of workshops’.

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The 83rd regular meeting was held

The 83rd regular meeting was held on 17 May. This meeting centered around discussion on our third book entitled ‘Educational presentations which make your lessons enjoyable’, which is to be published by the end of this academic year. As many as 28 members are prospective contributors to this volume. They teach at various levels from the elementary school to the tertiary school and to adult education, which serve as the fields of practice for a total of thirty activities related to presentation. The large number of contributors called for elaborate explanation and discussion on the concept of the book, the schedule, the contents and the protocols on writing reports. The […]

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The 82nd regular meeting was held

The 82nd regular meeting, the first of the new academic year, was held on 19 April. The meeting started with a review of our annual spring seminar held on 26 March. Basing on the results of the questionnaire collected on the day of the seminar, the participants exchanged ideas on the members’ facilitation of the day in order to improve their performance for the next time. In the second half, the participants talked about a brochure ‘The 13th Presentation festival for high school students’ which we published in March. The schedule for the 2014 academic year was also discussed. As for our next publication ‘Educational presentations which make your lessons […]

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The 81st regular meeting was held

The 81st regular meeting was held on 8 March. It was the last meeting of the academic year 2013. The main purpose was to finish preparing for our annual spring seminar at Nihon University on 26 March. The panelists of the mini-symposium ‘Incorporating dramatic approach in presentations’ (Hayashi Hisahiro, Seikei Elementary School; Aoki Sachiko, Showa Women’s University; Sekine Mari, Keimei Gakuen) presented their plans so that they could get comments for improvement from the participants. In addition, the participants checked the flow of the work for the workshop ‘Presentation festival for adults’ and each member’s roles in it, and exchanged ideas on its goals and criteria for success. The participants […]

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New year camp (the 80th regular meeting) was held

The annual new year camp (the 80th regular meeting) was held on 4-5 January. The main theme was presentations. On the afternoon of the first day, a guest speaker, Ms Sugiyama Masuyo (Lecturer, Waseda University), and Wada Toshihiko (Atomi High School) made a presentation each on their practice or research. Afterwards, the concepts of our annual spring seminar and of our third book were explained and discussed. On the first night, the participants experimented with giving five-minute impromptu presentations in small groups after twenty minutes of preparation. On the next morning, the participants, in different groups, made five-minute presentations after two and a half hours’ research and practice. In the […]

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The 79th regular meeting was held

The 79th regular meeting was held on 21 December. In the first session, a review was held of ‘the 13th presentation festival for high school student’ held at Atomi High School on 23 November. Another discussion was held with regard to our annual spring seminar ‘New horizons of educational presentations’, which is scheduled for March next year. A draft was suggested by the board members. The participants also continued with reviews of drafts for our new publication ‘Exploring dramatic activities in education’. The book will be based on the outcomes of the annual convention of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan, which was held in June this year. The SAOL […]

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The 78th regular meeting was held

The 78th regular meeting was held on 16 November. In the first session, Hayashi Hisahiro (Seikei Elementary School) reported his practice in lessons of life environment studies and the Japanese language under the title of ‘Practice report: presentations at Seikei Elementary School’. Final discussions on ‘Presentation festival for high school students’ scheduled for 23 November followed. The theme of presentation was decided after the participants rehearsed using the theme. Also, drafts on the pre-seminar event of the annual convention of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan (IESJ) served as the main topic of discussion for the our third book entitled ‘Exploring dramatic activities in education’. The book will be about […]

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The 77th regular meeting was held

The 77th regular meeting was held on 19 October. In the first session, three graduate students in President Watanabe’s seminar class talked about the abstracts of their master theses. In the second session, job assignment and themes of presentation were discussed for ‘Presentation festival for high school students’ scheduled for 23 November. Finally, drafts for our third book ‘Exploring dramatic activities in education’ submitted by the reporters of the symposium at the annual convention of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan (Miyazaki Michiharu, Toho Elementary School; Komatsu Ritsuko, Akita Meitokukan High School; Fujii Hiromu, Nihon University) were discussed. The book will be about the outcomes of the convention, which was […]

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The 76th regular meeting was held

The 76th regular meeting was held on 21 September. The first session was about the 33rd annual assembly of District 2750 of the International Rotary Club held on 24 August. At the assembly, President Watanabe gave the keynote speech, and members of the SAOL facilitated a workshop. A total of 360 people including 160 high school students took part in the convention. In the second session, of the four members scheduled to speak at the symposium of the Japan International Education Society convention, Hayakawa Norio (Nakamura High School) and Wada Toshihiko (Atomi High School) explained the abstracts of their presentations. In addition, Fujimaki Akira (Meguro Gakuin High School) reported his […]

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The 75th regular meeting was held

The 75th regular meeting was held on 20 July. Plans for the following events were discussed as the SAOL will be in charge of their operations. The 33rd annual assembly of the Interact Club in District 2750 of the International Rotary Club (24 August) The symposium at the Japan International Education Society convention (29 September) The presentation festival for high school students (Joint venture of the Presentations of Opinions of High School Students, the Intercultural Education Society of Japan and the SAOL, 23 November) The participants approved of publishing the outcomes of the pre-seminar event and the symposium at the annual convention of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan last […]

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The 74th regular meeting was held

The 74th regular meeting was held on 22 June. The main purpose was to review the annual convention of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan on the 7-9 instances of this month. Members of the SAOL served in the executive committee. The convention was a success with 343 attendants. It was agreed to record the pre-event workshop on the 7th as well as the symposium on the 9th in the form of publication, as these were solely carried out by members of the SAOL. In the second half, Miyazaki Michiharu (Toho Elementary School) talked about a teacher training programme at his school. The following were announced by the secretariat. The […]

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The 73rd regular meeting was held

The 73rd regular meeting was held on 18 May. In preparation for the annual convention of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan (IESJ) to be held at Nihon University on 7-9 June, Professor Yokota Masahiro, President of the IESJ, was invited. Three speakers of the symposium on the 9th (Miyazaki Michiharu, Toho Elementary School; Komatsu Ritsuko, Akita Meitokukan High School; Fujii Hiromu, Nihon University) explained the contents of their presentations. The symposium is entitled ‘Rethinking on the body in learning: From the point of view of educational communication and the dramatic knowledge’. Preparation for the pre-event workshop on the 7th under the title of ‘Workshop on incorporating dramatic activities for […]

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The 72nd regular meeting was held

At the 72nd regular meeting held on 20 April, preparation for the annual convention of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan was the main issue. The SAOL is deeply involved with the operation of the convention. At the pre-event workshop on 7 June, the SAOL is going to offer a ‘Workshop on incorporating dramatic activities for teachers of acquisition-oriented lessons’. In addition, at the symposium on 9 June, case studies at an elementary school, a senior high school and a university where dramatic activities were employed will be reported under the common theme of ‘Rethinking on the body in learning: From the point of view of educational communication and the […]

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The 71st regular meeting was held

The meeting consisted of preparation sessions for two upcoming events. One was for the Presentation Festival for High School Students, scheduled for 20 March. With a major change in the format of the festival, Mr Hayakawa Norio (Chair of the organising committee, Nakamura High School) led the elaborate discussion. The other was for the open symposium at the IESJ’s annual convention, where members of the SAOL are to be the speakers. The speakers representing the elementary to the tertiary levels now have their resumes ready, so that the discussion has started to be heated up. The convention will be held on 7-9 June.

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New year camp (the 70th regular meeting) was held

The new year camp had so much to offer. In a report on his visit to schools in Holland, Mr Watanabe Takahiro (Tezukayama University) introduced ways children interact with each other in a school culture which emphasises individual learning. In a workshop which followed the report, Mr Hayashi Hisahiro (Seikei Elementary School) was the facilitator. The participants enjoyed various activities from those to start up a day in a good manner to those to be used in actual lessons. The major goal of this camp was to discuss ‘Speeches and presentations’, the theme of the third volume of our serial book. By studying preceding literature and sharing members’ practices, the […]

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The 69th regular meeting was held

The regular meeting had two reports. One was from Ms Kosuge Nozomi (Graduate School, Gunma Univeristy). It was entitled ‘How can pupils make use of the content of social studies classes in their daily lives?’ Ms Kosuge reported the process in which her students gained deeper understanding of waste minimisation through hands-on experience. The other was about a lesson on career planning given by a visiting lecturer, Mr Tagaya Shozo, at a private boys’ school in Tokyo. In the fourth session of the lecture series, Mr Kimura Keiichi (Senior, Nihon University), a medalist in competitive swimming at the London Paralympics, spoke of his experience in teaching practicum he undertook at […]

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The 68th regular meeting was held

The first reporter for the regular meeting was Morozuki Keiko (Saitama Prefectural Ooi High School). She spoke of the preparation of ‘Japanese Speakers’ (JS) Forum’, which is to be held for ten days next year. The forum will be joined by high school students from five countries of ASEAN as well as from Japan. Fukuyama Kazuaki (Meisei Jr. & Sr. High School) reported the results of ‘Meisei International Week’, which included a large-scale interaction with ASIJ and Tokyo Baptist Church. The reports were followed by a drama workshop by Takeda Fumiko (Ritsumeikan University) & Yoshida Mariko (Tsuda College). The theme was ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’. The workshop invited the participants […]

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The 67th regular meeting was held

In the regular meeting, Mr Hayashi Hisahiro (Seikei Elementary School) presented a report entitled ’33 years of drama in education: The past and the future’. As a university student, Mr Hayashi studied under the guidance of Professor Okada Akira (Tamagawa University), a pioneer in drama in education in Japan. Mr Hayashi spoke of his life history as a practitioner and a playwright. In No.3 of the lecture series, Professor Hotate Michihisa (Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo) gave a talk whose subject was ‘Views and narratives of mythology – With an emphasis on myths around volcanic earthquakes’. The talk was based on Chapter 4 of his latest publication ‘Upheavals of the […]

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The 66th regular meeting was held

The meeting featured a review of the workshop held at TACT Osaka in August and a report of a member’s practice. About TACT, all the participants mentioned how they were overwhelmed by the physicality of the German actors, with whom we collaborated. Also, the significance of interaction between Japan and Germany as well as teachers and actors was discussed. It has been becoming clear that the activities of the SAOL are quite unique even at the global level in that we are trying to apply dramatic activities to everyday lessons. Another characteristic of this workshop was that young members served as the facilitators. The report in the second half was […]

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The 65th regular meeting was held

This month’s meeting consisted of preparation for the workshop at TACT, which is to be held in Osaka in August and the second session of the Kakutokuken lecture series. At TACT, we are going to collaborate with a German theatrical company called Meiningen. We have decided to have the participants mime a Japanese/German proverb in groups. Whether we should make the activity a quiz or we should focus on the appreciation of the mime with the knowledge of the answers. The dance therapy started with minor, modest movements. But it gradually became more and more active until the participants rediscovered their physicality and until they started to act as a […]

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The 64th regular meeting was held

There were two reports on practice this month. The first report was about ‘Visiting a Christian church and embassies.’ This was a practice in education for international understanding where seventh graders visited embassies and so on, taking advantage of living in Tokyo. The significance of the students visiting them instead of having people come to visit the students was discussed. Also, the participants discussed necessary arrangements that should be made if schools are to visit religious institutions. The following report was entitled ‘Struggles of a novice year master.’ It was given by a member who became the head teacher of grade 10 in his second year at a school with […]

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The 63rd regular meeting was held

The first half of the meeting was assigned to a report by a memeber entitled ‘Reasons for drama and some tips.’ It dealt with the speaker’s autobiographical pedagogy. He talked about his explorations amidst the given educational situation and about encounters with a range of individuals and educational movements as a novice teacher. He also touched upon his various enterprises besides regular lessons. It was felt that his eyes have always been set on children who can’t enter classrooms or those who have yet to find the joy of learning. He remarked, all three of ‘Knowledge, mind, and reason’ are an indispensable part of the school. In addition to discipline, […]

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The 62nd regular meeting was held

The main focus of the regular meeting in April was to review the seminar which took place in March. As for the ‘picture book’ workshop, it was pointed out that the participants were eagerly engaged in acting and in discussion about issues around Afganistan. In contrast, some mentioned there was too much to do in a limited time. Also, some argued that more emphasis was given to the performance of the person in the hotseat than to the audience who were supposed to play a more significant role of asking good questions. There was a heated discussion on the nature of research and on the need to direct participants to […]

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