Saturday, October 29, 2005
I am not going to take the school's laptop because it is too heavy and I will be responsible for the transportation of what I take. I will find Internet Cafes to communicate via blog. I will continue my weekly journal on paper. I will take as many pictures as possible.
I heard from other FMFers going to Yanagawa. They are Nicole from Austin, Laura from ?, Pat from Chicago, Ann from New Jersey, and Stacey from Massachusetts. The list keeps growing. I can hardly wait to meet my group. Some of them have decided to have teleconferences with their students. I cannot have a teleconference because Casady does not have the necessary equipment.
This weekend is buying gifts and selecting things to take on the trip weekend. I did not get the opportunity to meet a gentelman from Yanagawa as I hoped, but he gave me enough information over the phone to feel happy about my location.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Capitol: Oklahoma City became the 46th state enter the union on Nov. 16, 1907
State flower: mistletoe State bird: scissor-tailed flycatcher
State song: "Oklahoma" State tree: redbud
State motto: "Labor omnia vincit"(Labor conquers all things)
Nickname: "The Sooner state"
Size in land area: 68,667 square miles
The Sooner State : http://www.ok.gov/
Casady School: http://www.casady.org/
Arts Council of Oklahoma: http://www.artscouncilokc.com/ , Oklahoma City Arts Council: http://www.artscouncilokc.com/, Oklahoma City Museum of Art: http://www.okcmoa.com/
The Oklahoma City Zoo: http://www.cpb.uokhsc.edu/okc/okczoo/zoomap.html
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce: ttp://www.okcchamber.com/index.asp
Oklahoma City Online: http://www.okconline.com/ , News from Oklahoma: http://www.newsok.com/
Oklahoma City Public Schools: http://www.okcps.org/ , Oklahoma A+ Schools: http://www.okaplus.ucok.edu/
Leadership Oklahoma City: http://www.lokc.org/index.html
From a friend who is a former JFMFerfrom 2004:1. Open toed shoes is okay but not for professional dress. Americans wear these types of shoes more oftenthan Japanese. It isn't really the best shoe to wearin meetings, etc.2. A lot of people she went with did not spend morethan $1000 (including the free weekend). 3. Do not be too uptight about the gift exchange. Spend some money on your host family (even though youare only sleeping at their home for one night).4. Shirt and tie is for the professional activities,not tours and nightly free time. Check theinformation in teh Basics handbook. She wished shehad brought jeans and at least one pair of shorts tolounge/work out in if possible. Bring sneakers/tennisshoes also! 5. DO NOT get uptight about the follow-on plan. It ispreliminary and not set in stone. You can change it. No worries! 6. There is a Kinko's copy center right around thecorner from the New Otani Hotel. You can make CD's of pictures, etc. there for a little bit of money. not sure the comparison to the States. Not sure about internet access.7. Bring your own slippers if possible (in a plasticbag of course). Japanese shoes are smaller. 8. Credit cards are more accepted around Tokyo than in previous years. You can always exchange traveler'schecks if you need to. 9. If you bring a computer be ready to open up the case in the airport, etc. Also, you may be the one person in your group that is responsible for doing a power point, etc. if you have the technology! Remember you have to carry your arry-on bag a littlebit. More weight is not always fun. 10. Don't fret about the business cards that much. She noticed that many people didn't have a lot of opportunity or time to give many out to people. Unless you are the type to give everyone a card (like me).11. She recommended if at all possible to use melatonin for jet-lag and set your sleep time on Monday to Japanese time. It might mean you are sleeping some on the plane when others are active.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
My one day trip to Austin as part of an Independent Schools Focus Group for the Southwestern Region was interesting. There were people representing the Oakridge School in Arlington Texas, Cathedral Episcopal School in Little Rock, Arkansas, St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and Alburquerque Academy in Alburquerque, New Mexico. Our task was to help the College Board brainstorm answers as to how the College Board could help meet Independent School needs regarding College Board tests, teacher training, administration of tests and global education of College Board philosophy and benefits. This year is the 50th anniversary of the AP Program. Last year, the AP program saw its largest increase in AP Independent school participation.
Practical things I learned: Draft of AP Course Audit: Teachers and administrators will complete it. It has a section for requirements and a section for recomendations. The Instructional Planning Report: Results of tests taken by 5 students or more comes with a feedback report of areas of instructional strenght and areas of improvement to AP teachers. The PSAT has an AP Potential Report. There were other things I discovered about fees and test administration, but I need to discuss them with the administrator of these tests to find out what we do in those areas.
What did we do?
After introductions and brief statements about our school's population and our personal experience, we looked over College Board materials. Then, we discussed AP and other data related to the different states represented as well as National statistics. We spent a great deal of time giving feedback based on our personal experience with the College Board work. After identifying global areas of need and possible solutions, we headed back to our respectives schools. I am looking forward to the official report. Meanwhile, I still wonder what is the equivalent of the College Board in Japan?
From this meeting I have the following suggestion for my students:
AP course what does it mean? = Survey course at the college level. 1-2 in an AP is better than no AP at all. There are fee weavers for tests and they also apply for some college application fee weavers. They should ask their AP and college advisors to see if they qualify or they should visit the College Board website and read it carefully. http://www.collegeboard.com/prof/index.html
In the I can not believe I did not know area (I am sure my school does, but I did not):
There are now Pre-AP initiatives. The College Board has professional development I have not attended. My professional training has been from AP readers and consultants, but independent from the College Board. On College Board trainings, they do not only focus on the course, but also on the benefits of the exam results for instructional purposes as well and the relationships with other Collage Board initiatives. I now know better.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
After I come back from Japan, I need to share the information with my students in a 5-hours retreat (1 hour for cooking and 1 hour for planning their project to take the learned material into the community). The retreat will be created in collaboration with the Japanese American Society of Oklahoma and Japanese college students from our local universities. I will ask local Japanese restaurants to consider helping us with funding and supplies next week.
The Japanese Society President, Mari Leslie will teach us a Japanese dance. She is even found a Kimono for me. She will also teach us survival Japanese. Mari also loves to cook. When time comes, I will ask to use the Wing's cooking facilities for our retreat and Mari will teach us how to cook popular Japanese dishes.
Considering logistics of location and transportation, I will contact the International offices at OCU: http://www.okcu.edu/ and UCO: http://www.ucok.edu/ and start looking for Japanese students who will be interested in this diversity advocacy and awareness of Japanese culture service-learning project.
Vision: Youth as Leaders, Community as a Partner, Learning as Experiential.
Mission: Create Projects of the Mind, and Perform Actions of the Heart.
Goals: Positive Youth Leadership through Service. Service at the Heart of Learning.
Youth and Adult Advisory and Action Council (YAC)
Plans and implements new students' orientation sessions to service learning.
Audience for students and community organization project proposals and demonstrations of learning through service.
Assists youth project leaders with school wide service-learning initiatives
Rainbolt Family Service-Learning Chair
Carmen Clay'74 Contact Information: Clayc@casady.org, Casady School 9500 North Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120 405-740-3103, FAX 405-749-3223, cell: 405-520-1325. Creates and implements the service-learning program process and documentation for credit. Reports to parents once a year. Writes college recommendations, grant proposals, and marketing resources. Maintains a high profile with non-profit organizations serving on boards and Learn and Serve Youth Advisory Council in Oklahoma City
Casady Faculty and Staff
Connections to academics, advisors, site supervisors, bus drivers, adult project leaders
As I e-mailed Yohei, I realized that I investigated many aspects of the Japanese culture, but I had not researched Service-Learning in Japan. This picture came from http://www.volunteering.org.au/japan_p.html
A quick Goggle search took me to two interesting sites: Service-Learning in Japan: ttp://kkcfellowships.ncss.org/kkc2001/feinberg
the Center for Global Partnership: Bringing US and Japan Perspectives to the World: http://www.cgp.org/index.php?PHPSESSID=761d1aedbeb576cea4b5d29e1ca24a0a.
Japan has the same youth challenges as the rest of the world. Service-Learning is part of their most recent "out of the box" solution.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
News from Japan: http://www.fulbrightmemorialfund.jp/resources.html
Journey Through Japan: http://www.journeythroughjapan.org/
Shopping in Japan
Japanese Memorial Fund Organizational Chart: http://www.fulbrightmemorialfund.jp/JFMForganization2.doc
Wonderful Daily Living Interfering with Trip Preparations
I received wonderful news from Fumitaka. He has found a way to print 100 business cards in Japanese for me. One thing I can check off my list of things to do. Yohei e-mailed me today for the first time. He sounds like a delightful young man. He wants a rawhide wallet. I will start shopping.
Monday and Tuesday I will be in Austin attending a College Board Private School Focus. It will be interesting to see how teachers from other states answer the question: What can the College Board do for private schools? I love this opportunity, but since my Japanese language and dance teacher had surgery, I will have to delay my Japanese immersion until Wednesday after 5:00 p.m. I also wonder what is the equivalent of the College Board in Japan.
My AFS sister, Jenny, is coming this weekend. It is her 30-year reunion at Casady. I hope we find time to look for gifts to take to Japan. It will be fun to share a little of this experience with her. The days are going by too fast!
Today, my students re-started a project that was dormant last year, The Aikman End Zone. The goal of the project is to entertain children with long hospital stays and their families. Beside the hours requirement, the motivation for students who undertake this project is their desire for exposure to the hospital environment as they explore the medical career as a life choice. If you want to know more about this project, visit http://aikmanall-stars.blogspot.com. I cannot help but wonder if the Japanese schools have service requirements for graduation. I just realized I have not researched this aspect of the Japanase culture.
I know that they do not have janitors in their schools and that the kids have to keep the schools clean, but I have not read anything else about Service-Learning or Community Service requirements for graduation. The following site takes you to a follow-up project by The classes of Dianne McAulay, Ph.D. (June; teacher / consultant for the gifted at Cranston Public School (RI)) who has collaborated with Kashiwazaki City's Kenno Elementary School to create an online picture book titled, "Day in the Life of a Japanese Student." http://cpsed.net/glenhill/classrooms/itinerants/mcaulay/fulbright/index.html
Update: The proposal was not accepted. Leann will not be heading to Philadelphia, instead she will use her money for her Walk the World Oklahoma Project needs http://www.fighthunger.org/node/365
Adopt a Street Project
Students adopted the street around our school and they clean it up three times a year. This picture was taken before their first clean up this year.
The environmental club also has improved our recycling program. The program is organized and implemented by youth in collaboration with community organizations and the Casady School faculty and administration.
Father Jeffries, via Canada, Headmaster and Principal of Bishop McAllister College in Uganda, Challenge 20/20 teachers: Mrs. Zesiger, Science Teacher, Environmental Club Sponsor, via Philippines, Mr. Lewtchec, Geology Teacher, School Newspaper advisor, via Canada.
The Globe Program: http://www.globe.gov/globe_flash.html
Globe Program in Japan: http://www.fsifee.u-gakugei.ac.jp/globe/
I came to Oklahoma from Lima, Peru as an AFS exchange student http://www.afs.org/AFSI/ to Casady School. www.casady.org. Mark was a senior at that high school. He went to Peru several times and decided that it was cheaper to marry me that to date me. We met on 1973 and we married in 1976. We went to OU as sophomores and the rest is history. Brian graduated as a lifer from my current school's rival, Heritage Hall. http://www.heritagehall.com/ I was the Spanish teacher and later on the Foreign Language Department Head at Heritage Hall. I worked there for 20 years. I have wonderful memories of my time as a Charger. My former students still invite me to their special occasions such as weddings from time to time. It was wonderful to be a Charger teacher and I love being a Cyclone service-learner now. The students at Casady are called Cyclones.
Fumi lived at my home on Easy Street in Edmond, Oklahoma with my husband Mark, my son Brian, and I for a short period of time when we were students at OU, as he says, 22 years ago. Brian is now 25 years old. Fumitaka was the most interesting long stay guest my family has ever had. He introduced us to sushi, tempura and wonderful tasty noodle soups. He is now 56 years old, but he looks exactly like he was when he was in college. I hope he will share his fountain of youth and weight control with me. The following is a partial quote from the e-mail after he found out about my trip to Japan: How wonderful it is ! Yes, it is ! Your letter is now beside a coffee cup on my desk , and here sending this message to both of you seeing that Tokyo's sun went down in the West. The time of Oklahoma is 14 hours behind the Japan standard, as far as I remember. Fumitaka is a compliance officer at the securities and investment division of the UFJ( United Financial Japan) group. This UFJ bank merged with the Tokyo-Mitsubishi Holding, October 1st, 2005. Fumitaka joined a new division of the Tokyo-Mitsubisihi, this fall.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Once more, 96 students, 16 youth coaches and 30 minutes to accomplish three tasks, in a medium size room, proved to be too much today. We will try groups working at classrooms with smaller agendas next.
The Chinese drinks we purchased at the Vietnamese store were not a hit today. One of the students disliked the consistency of the drink and like a dominoe effect, the others did not even want to try them. I would not say I liked the flavor, but it was not bad once I got used to the difference in consistency.
I wonder how Japanese students would have handled this. I read that teamwork and collaboration are taught from k-on. My freshmen "some what" collaborated, but my coaches' understanding of teamwork needs more experiential learning opportunties. The freshmen found my forms confusing and the wording had too many words they did not understand. I must check this with their English teachers tomorrow.
My student could not film the participants reaction to "Round Up" because the cd player did not work and we were running out of time.
My Japanese instructor and I did not get together for my lesson. I hope she is ok because she took longer than expected at a doctors' appointment. To end the date on a low note, I received the saddest news today. My mother's Alzheimer’s is getting worse. Assisted living is not for her anymore. My sister and I will have to move her to 12-hour supervised care. I knew I would be receiving bad news soon because of the changes I noticed the last time I was with her, but I did not know it was going to be so soon.
At early morning chapel, we have a daily chapel service at school, I heard that God's unanswered prayers make us stronger. I had a small share of strenght today.
Not everything was challenging today. I met "on the net" some people who will spend time in Yanagawa with me. They are: Patricia Land, from Illinois, who described Yanagawa as "the Venice of Japan with tourist boats on the canal." Patricia feels that we got lucky with this city. I also met Sherry Donald from Missisippi and Buffy Fegenbush from Louisiana.
Tomorrow I will have my first Japanese language class and dance lesson. I am looking forward to learning and teaching what I learn to my YAC.
I received my first e-mail from one of the teachers going to Japan in November. The e-mail had the addresses of the 200 teachers in the November group. 20 of them should be going with me to the city of Yanagawa. One of the teachers going to Japan will be in town this Saturday. I hope we find time to meet.
I explained to them that I was selected as a Japanese Fulbrigt Memorial Fund Teacher. I told them that my project was to learn as much as I could about Japan during my trip. After my return, my responsibility will be to share what I have learned with my students and the Oklahoma City community. They invited me to an international lunch sponsored by the Chinese Association on behalf of Katrina Relief. The food was amazing and I received Chinese cakes for my students.
Mari gave me her business card. Business cards are an extension of the soul in Japan and should be treated as such. I will take a special container to keep them. I will also be a careful observer of the etiquette required with them. I will test how reality meets what one reads in books. I wonder what Tozan Yume Yogiku means. Is that Mari's Japanese name or the name of her studio. She is a Japanese dance instructor and entertainer. Mari will give me Japanese language, dancing, and cooking lessons. I have promised her that I will be an active member of the Japan-American Association. Mari told me that when you get your certificate, you have to have a stage name. The first two words are given to you and the last one is of your choice.
Tozan= East Mountain Yume= A dream Yogik=Chrysanthemum
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- Thinking Tokyo/Yanagawa and Oklahoma
- My lessons with Mari
- What about Oklahoma and Oklahoma City?
- News from former FMFers to Japan
- The College Board Focus Group in Austin
- How have I been connected to the Asian World?
- My Follow-On Plan: Planning Retreat
- What does Service-Learning at Casady look like?
- Service-Learning in Japan
- Tokyo Bound
- Hopes: Philadelphia: Fight Hunger Walk the World O...
- Walk the World Oklahoma City Fundraiser
- Baby steps to solutions for Global Warming
- Challenge 20/20 Partners
- Global Warming project teachers
- Global Education: Korea: Ye-Geun teaches us
- Global Education: Japan: Justin teaches us
- NAIS Challenge 20/20-Connections to Japan
- My family
- More about my friend Fumitaka and his family
- My Japanese Friends from Tokyo
- Destinations: Tokyo and Yanagawa-Shi, Prefecture o...
- Actions and Reactions
- Service connections to my Japan Trip
- Traveling is Heavenly
- October: High Expectations
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