Teacher Identity and Emotions

On Wednesday, March 20th, the Teacher Development SIG hosted a workshop on Teacher Identities and Emotions in partnership with Rikkyo University. Sam Morris of Kanda University of International Studies first spoke on“Frustration Regulation in Japanese University English Language Teaching”. Through group discussion, he led the audience to understand the meaning of frustration and its negative and positive roles in teaching. He also outlined in detail several strategies to deal with frustration when such feelings arise.

Next, Christina Gkonou of the University of Essex delivered a talk entitled“Understanding Shifts in Language Teacher Identities and Emotions”. She outlined the relationship between our students, our colleagues, and ourselves with our identities as teachers as a central hub. Christina shared the important message that emotion and identity are not formed personally within ourselves, but socially and dynamically in our greater teaching contexts. The sessions lasted approximately three hours in total, and were attended by about 30 people.

The Teacher Development SIG would like to thank Christina and Sam, along with Rikkyo University for such an engaging event! Check out their talks below. 

Sam Morris – Frustration regulation and language teaching (PowerPoint slides)

Dr Christina Gkonou – Understanding shifts in language teacher identities and emotions (PowerPoint slides)

Teacher Journeys 2019

Teacher Journeys Conference (June 29)

The Teacher Development SIG‘s biggest annual event, the Teacher Journeys Conference, will be held at Sojo University in Kumamoto on Saturday, June 29, in partnership with the Nankyu JALT Chapter. We are happy to announce our plenary speakers, Dr. Fumi Takegami from Kumamoto University and Dr. Chris Carl Hale from Akita International University.

Click here to visit the conference website. We look forward to seeing you in Kumamoto!

Teacher Journeys 2019

We are happy to announce that this year, the Teacher Development SIG, in partnership with the Nankyu JALT Chapter, will have our annual Teacher Journeys Conference at Sojo University in Kumamoto, on June 29. Be on the look out for more announcements about this conference in the coming weeks, including the call for proposals.

We look forward to seeing you in Kumamoto!

Reflective Practice workshop with Thomas Farrell

The JALT Teacher Development SIG are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Reflective Practice workshop with Thomas Farrell. The event is free for JALT and/or Toyo University employees, or 500 yen for non-JALT members.

The event will take place at Toyo University’s Hakusan Campus, in room 1603 (Building 1, 6th floor). Entry is from 18:30.

To help with event organisation, registration is encouraged but not required. Registration is open until Sunday, 7th October. Please use the following link or the QR code to register.

Teacher Journeys 2018

Teacher Journeys 2018 and Call for Co-Sponsors Next Year

On Sunday June 3, TD held its biggest annual event, Teacher Journeys, at Rikkyo University with co-sponsors Tokyo JALT. The conference was attended by about 50 people, and featured plenary talks by Dr. Christina Gkonou of the University of Essex, and Dr. Tomohisa Machida of Akita International University, along with sixteen presentations in four sessions throughout the day. Look forward to proceedings of the conference to be published in ETD in the coming months.

Currently we are looking for chapters to partner up with for Teacher Journeys 2019. Please get in touch with program chair Mike Ellis (maikeru.desu@gmail.com) if you’d like to bring the conference to your area next year.

TD SIG Support for Reflective Practice Meetings​

Do you have a teacher reflective practice or development group that meets regularly? Would you like to start one? The TD SIG would like to help!

We offer funding (up to 5,000 yen) for coffee/snacks at such meetings as a way to support teachers getting together to talk about their work and to help build teacher communities around Japan.

You would need to submit receipts for whatever you purchase. And we would also ask you to submit a brief account of the gathering (who attended? what was discussed? are there plans for more meetings?) for the TD SIG newsletter. Photos would also be appreciated.

Please contact Mike Ellis at maikerudesu@gmail.com for more details.