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3/11 — Where We Stand Five Years Later

I shared the following article in JQ Magazine. View the original article here: http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2016/04/10/311-where-we-stand-five-years-later/ By Bahia Simons-Lane (Gunma-ken, 2005-07) for JQ magazine. Bahia taught at an all-girls’ high school on JET, and following her time on the program she held the position of ALT Advisor for the Gunma Board of Education from 2007-08. Bahia earned her master’s … Continue reading

2015 Book Reviews – 1st 5 Books of 2015

I haven’t done such a great job of posting here lately, so I’m going to share some of my on-going reviews from Goodreads that I write as part of my annual reading challenge. This year, I am attempting to read 45 books. Wish me luck!! Dragons of a Fallen Sun by Margaret Weis My rating: … Continue reading

The Time Magazine Cover is Misleading: Here is what you should be more concerned with than teacher tenure

A few things about the November 2014 Time Magazine cover that claims that “It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” 1) That is simply not true. Tenure is there so that if a teacher is fired they get to know why and have a chance to tell their side of the story. It’s there … Continue reading

100th Post! Ruminations about reading, writing, and TV adaptations

Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted in my blog! I guess that’s what happens when you are in graduate school. The past 9 months I feel as though I have done nothing but read and write, but that reading and writing was to fill my brain with knowledge and not for pleasure … Continue reading