I’m a creative person who enjoys activities like drawing and photo taking. Coaching at SSE Katsura gives me many opportunities to be creative.
I always think about ways to improve lessons and try to add more content to our SSE Digital curriculum.
One thing that students find helpful is using photos where I demonstrate and expand on studied language points.
This is how I create them.
I think about a simple way of capturing an idea in a single photo. It is important to keep the content very clear and easy to understand so students have a bigger chance of remembering it. Finding the right idea is the most difficult part that takes some time but thanks to many years of teaching experience I’m becoming better at it.
Once I’m confident that I have a suitable idea I move on to planning the setting of the photo. It means deciding where should I sit or stand in the classroom and deciding how to present the new language point. All these aspects are very important in order to demonstrate certain point with simplicity.
Photo taking is a challenging fun. I do photo-shoots alone and must use a camera timer so it’s difficult to capture the right moment. However, I enjoy the challenge and always get the right result.
For the last part of the process I work on a computer. Basic photo editing and adding text in English.
I like making these helpful resources and students have fun working with them.
It has become a regular part of my job and I’m already planning a new one.
Here is a bit of family happiness from Japan. My daughter requested this song for me to record from Disney's "Tarzan." I put some photos to it. It was a bit of work but a great pleasure. One year ago. I love my family. I love Japan. Peace. Jim