Do you know about myelin?
It’s the mysterious stuff that grows around your nerves in response to your daily activity.
You might have heard of it from famous books such as Daniel Doyle's " the Talent Code". Scientists believe it's like an insulation that forms around your nervous system’s "wiring", making your reactions quicker and more accurate. The myelin stops leaks of information from the "wiring" making learning smoother and faster.
As school owners, we would recommend having rules. And not bending them.
For many reasons:
You are a business. To be professional, you must have rules.
2. Presumably you made the rules for a reason. If you CHANGE them easily, then why did you take the time to think about them and make them in the first place? You won’t see the cram schools
Despite the market being awash with phonics texts, we decided to make My English Book and Me 3.
How is My English Book and Me 3 different?
1. More than 1 anchor word per letter. My English Book and Me 3 introduces 4 anchor words per letter. (picture p. 30 from the CB)
After a [ fabulous! ] trial lesson, a potential student is often asked by Mom, “Did you have fun?”
This irritates me for several reasons.
Mom: YOU saw the lesson.
If YOU thought:
the lesson was fast - paced, interesting and enjoyable
my child WILL learn to read, write and speak English
it’s a well run school with good texts
If you teach adults, chances are you have had the request “free conversation please, no texts. At Dave and Amy English School, we don’t do free conversation. These are the reasons why:
In conversation, students will use the same vocabulary and grammar that they always use. I know from personal experience. My Japanese is not that great and could really improve, BUT my conversation skills are pretty good precisely because conversation often covers
We’re often asked by family if we miss America / England? The honest answer is no. We love living in Japan with our two kids. There is so much about their childhood that their cousins back home can’t have or do.
Children in Japan have freedom to go out on their own without a guardian. From the age of 6, children walk to and from school by themselves. After school and on weekends, they play
Traditionally, children's English teaching in Japan has relied heavily on FUN lessons. But what is FUN? Why the emphasis on FUN? Was any real learning occurring? Students coming to us from other "FUN" schools seemed to indicate: probably not.
Despite 4 – 5 years English instruction, most of these students can't read, write, speak or listen well. Dave and I wonder what HAS been going on
Amy and I came to Japan, in 1996. Very happy with our job, accomodation, new friends, food, new places....but the neighborhood nightlife was like pre-war Britain, I'm guessing here. Tokyo is brilliant for nightlife, but we wanted to meet people where we lived, Saitama.
The turning point was seeing famous UK DJ Fatboy Slim