March 23, 2017
JET teacher Laurence's March Blog Post!
This year sees my second graduation day as a teacher in Japan.
Seeing a graduation from a teacher’s perspective is much different than what I expected. Last year was my first graduation at Seiritsu Gakuen. Since I don’t teach the third years of high school, I didn’t know most of the graduates that time. I saw it as a cultural experience, learning about how a graduation ceremony can go in Japan.
This year was when the sad feelings hit. I hadn’t taught most of the graduates in a long time, but I still saw them around, saw their performances from their clubs during events and it hurt to see them go.
One of my colleagues and best teaching partners also told me he would not be working in our school next year, which is also a reality teachers have to deal with as the new school year approaches.
Overall though, I’m happy for the students. They made precious memories in our school and it’s because they had a good time here that they’re sad to go. Other places and opportunities await them. They’re smart and talented in all sorts of ways. I wish them the best of luck in the future.
In the end as a teacher, a lot of things are out of your hands. So personally, I just want to strive to influence my students’ lives in a positive way.
Next year, I will “graduate” from this school as well.
I want to keep trying my best as until then.