I have nothing to do!
So it's summer vacation, classes are out, and you have nothing to do. While some overworked JETs might feel envious, the truth is, having nothing to do can be just as stressful as having too much to do. Here are some tips for productive ways to deal with the slow days.
- Study Japanese - I cannot emphasize enough how much your school appreciates every effort you make to learn Japanese. It doesn't matter how well you speak it now, or how much progress you actually make, studying Japanese makes a very good impression on everyone in your school.
- Visit Clubs - Have a lot of bottled up energy? Want to interact with the students more? Ask different teachers which clubs you can participate in, or just take a walk around the school, and maybe you'll get invited to one.
- Prepare Lesson Plans - If you're reading this, you probably either have 5 spare lesson plans already prepared, or you don't have the concentration right now to come up with an educational/interesting/teachable lesson plan. Still, you know I had to list it.
- Read English Books - It's not the most productive way to internationalize, but it keeps you busy. Besides, you're an English teacher, and you need to keep those English skills sharp.
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