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These 4 days in Dubai literally changed my life.
Last month, as one of the Top 50 teachers shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize, I attended the Varkey Teacher Ambassador Summit and Global Education and Skills Forum that took place in Dubai, the United Arab Emitates. The Summit and the Forum was filled with excitement and passion brought from all over the world, but the most amazing thing was that all the teachers, coming from different countries and cultural background, had the same strong belief that education can change the world.
I, to be honest, felt extremely nervous before I leave Japan for Dubai.
I’m a teacher of English but was not sure if I could get along with teachers around the world mainly because there’s a big barrier of language.
But all the worries disappeared naturally while sharing the moment with other teachers.
Sharing what we do in each home country, I was very impressed and inspired to know their dedicated work, their strong belief and the to make the world a better place. Interacting with teachers around the world gave me lots of ideas about how we can transform the current teaching in to the better one that can be adapted to the current students’ needs.
After coming back to Japan I started to review what I gained and learned in the Summit and Forum, and decided to work more confidently. So far I was featured on some articles on the National Education Newspaper in Japan sharing my work to integrate ICT with English teaching. It’s always pleasure to be reached by new people and told that my work has encouraged other teachers who are striving to change the education across Japan. In the end of March, I got a chance to talk with some officials from the MEXT (the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology) and finally could introduce my work to them. My most favorite method, using Skype in the classroom for English teaching, was literally an eye-opener to them and I’m so happy that now I can study how we can use technology in the classroom more confidently. In addition, the system was changed and now I can use Skype with school network. (I had to use my own Wi-Fi and laptop to use Skype in the classes until then.) Now not only me, but also all the teachers in the prefecure can access Skype with school network and use it for their English teaching.
What’s more, I am currently scheduling to meet the Public Affairs Officers at the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka, who was impressed with the article on my work shared on The Japan Times last December.
But the greatest impact will be something to my students.
Thanks to being shortlisted for Top50 teachers in the world, I am priviledged introduce more useful tools for students’ studying and learning. One example is the app called „Quizlet“. Many of students in my school have been struggling to memorize English vocabulary, which is one of the causes they don’t like the subject. We generally introduce very traditional way – using vocabulary book, taking notes and memorizing them. However, it had been a big burden for students who join club activities after school, often complaining that the amount of homework is too much for them.
So I created a Study Set of English vocabulary they should study in the Quizlet, shared the link with QR code and introduced to students. This seemed very innovative for them and now they can study vocabulay even at a brief interval like they are waiting trains at the station. I’m researching how it works and, reviewing and reflection the results, I’ll introduce it to more students in the school.
Bringing these impact was unimaginable – without being Varkey Teacher Ambassador, it wouldn’t have been brought. Again feeling grateful to all the inspiration at the VTA Summit and GESF – thank you very much and let’s keep working together to change the world.