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Well Planned Lunch
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The structure of the lunch bell is well intended to educate the students about what surrounds eating foods. So, after kids finish eating, they are responsible for cleaning up. It’s not just throwing all perishables. Trashes are divided by the materials and contents: you may throw a package of straw to a regular trash can, but you flatten carton milk for recycling. Leftovers including milk are put into one of the serving containers. The lunch servant members then, take back serving containers and tools as well as sustainable lunch bowls and plates.
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At least one field trip is organized for each grade. Younger grades usually have a day bus trip to a museum, theme park, nature park, etc. Older grades may go further away by train and spends a night or two to visit a famous place in Japan. Students spend days to prepare and learn about the place beforehand as a part of classes. One of the memorable trips I had was a trip to Kyoto in my 9th grade. We took a bullet train and stayed in the historical city in Kyoto for three days. The highlight of the trip was a taxi day tour in a small group. A taxi driver in his 50’s or 60’s drove for four of us to visit pre-planned places in Kyoto like Ginkaku-Ji. We also ate lunch at a local restaurant for tasty okonomiyaki.
Junior high students perform better than lower grade junior high students; and how much the unification of the homeroom students through the practice influence the concert performance. Students in their last year in junior high can get so passionate and emotional for this teamwork. This can leave them a good memory if they are successful. Although I did not get worked up this much at my school’s chorus concert and my class team was not so unified as the other class team, I still have a good memory of this event. Singing together does it.
Independent Commute Methods
Regardless, teachers are busy even between bells and students’ recess times. That is no difference from the US. However, some teachers in Japan take advantage of the longest recess after lunch to play outside with students or walk around in the field and school for both monitoring and right exercises. It’s a double benefit to school!
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