Purpose of My Portfolio

The overall goal of this portfolio is to show you what I have learned/experienced at the Faculty of Education which impacts who I am as a person and a teacher.

Self-Introduction (Details)

My name is Natsumi. I was born in Moka, Tochigi. I used to live in Gunma and Yokohama. And I returned Tochigi when I was seven years old. So my home town is Tochigi! Tochigi is famous for strawberries. My family would often go strawberry picking every year. It was so wonderful experience. I recommend you try it when you come Tochigi!

I have lived in Morioka. I like this city so much because there is less birds such as swallows than my home town. My weak point has been birds since I was child. When I have a trouble by seeing lots of them, strangers in Iwate sometimes helps or protect me from my fear. So I think people in Iwate are very kind and warm. And I also like Morioka city.

My Teaching Philosophy (July 15, 2015)

I believe that people learn through experience. A teacher’s role is to

1. Proved learners with the chances to communicate with their classmate in English.

2. Make learners feel enjoyments to learn.

3. Teach with some gestures and correct pronunciation in English and use simple words.

4. Understand the process of student’s thought and their English level.

These roles are important. I think the big goal for students is to understand and use English, so teacher have to consider the lesson plans for their skills up; what activity is the best? what teaching materials is better? Learners don’t always understand teacher’s instruction in English. It is not good for them to instruct too much Japanese. Then, teacher should use gestures and simple English through communication, sometimes it needs to speak Japanese in order to understand deeply for students. Of course teacher must do the correct pronunciation and grammar, thus teacher should be a model for students.

Lastly, reflection on our teaching is the most important to make a better lesson. So I learn from our teaching experiences with my teaching philosophies.

Class Characteristics that Encourage Student Communication (May 16, 2015)

I believe that English classes are effective for learners and where they can develop basic communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

1. The students learn more actively thorough the classes.

2. The teacher try to improve their own teaching method in order to make better classes.

3. The students respect their teacher. The teacher have solid English skills and human nature that the students respect.

4. The students cooperate to learn each other.

My Development Goals (July 15, 2015) (Details)

Here is what I would like to accomplish in the ETM classes together with ETM members

1. Learn teaching method and a structure of a lesson for example how to make effective lesson.

2. Understand the actual condition of students such as their ability, skill and interest.

3. Develop my English skills especially speaking and writing.

4. Communicate with other ETM members and learn from them.

5. Make use of my portfolio with effect.

6. Don't be afraid of making mistakes.

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My Development Between 2014~2015

Teaching practice is a valuable experience for me. You can read my critical incidents in my teaching experience page.

Critical Incident 1 (2013, Nakano ES)

This was my first teaching practice with teammates. I realized that is was so hard to understand student's mind because I could not find how much they understood our explanations. I should have speak more slowly and practiced more in advance! 

Critical Incident 2 (2014, Nakano ES)

It was more difficult to instract detailed in order for students to understand the activity's rules than what I expected. And I was confused a difference of each students' English levels in activity time. 

Critical Incident 3 (2015, Fuzoku JHS)

Students' ideas was interesting but we should have rephrased thier English more simply and correctly. I terribly lacked my attention as a leader. So I really felt the need to have a leadership.

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