Greetings from San Francisco, where the adventure begins. Last night, I met the other Japanese and American teachers who will be learning about Education for Sustainable Development with me. As I mentioned in my blog entry a few weeks ago, I’ll be going to Japan in June to learn about teaching sustainability and helping kids make the world a better place to live. It makes sense to meet here in California before the Japanese teachers head home — this is much closer to Japan than Boston is!
I couldn’t be more excited to be here. Today, we are going to have some introductory sessions in both English and Japanese. We’ll wear little radio transmitters so that as a person speaks in Japanese, we’ll hear simultaneous translation in an earpiece. We’ll also have two translators traveling with us in Japan. Throughout this time in San Francisco, and then later in Tokyo, we are going to plan collaborative projects matching Japanese classes with American classes. If you are a student at IACS, please comment below with ideas that I can suggest for what kind of things you’d like to exchange with Japanese students. What topics would you like to study? Would you like to do more art exchanges, or send videos, writing, or photos? Send in ideas today and tomorrow, and I’ll discuss them with the other teachers. More updates coming soon!