October Volume II

Column Reboot: Today’s Lesson

Ready for school. Focus on apple.

Once a mainstay of Good Morning Aomori, Today’s Lesson had been discontinued for some time, but today it resumes under the capable keyboard of Yoshika Wason. Yoshika majored in secondary education, minored in teaching English language learners, and created the curriculum for the kindergarten class she taught for two years. Her first article, Three Ways to Check for Understanding, is the first in a monthly column focused on teaching strategies, best practices, and lesson plans.


BALLS: Suu Kyi ga suki?
Victor gives us a rundown of the Burmese politician’s background leading up to her recent fall from grace.

Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs: Muniba Mushtaq Finds the Best of Aomori
Elaina speaks with Muniba about living the dream here in the Blue Forest.

Historia Mundi: Romans in Japan?
Ryan examines the possibility of togas in Tokyo.

English is Weird: Was it a Car or a Cat I Saw?
Ever heard of a semordnilap?

Extended Play: Akko Gorilla: She literally raps about bananas
Nick introduces us to this Tokyo-based hip hop artist.

Today’s Lesson: Three Ways to Check for Understanding
Yoshika offers three suggestions on how to stay on the level with your students.

Taroscopes: Autumn and The Wild Unknown
In addition to the usual taroscopes for each zodiac sign, this edition of taroscopes features Kim Krans’s Wild Unknown Tarot.

Help Wanted

We’re still looking for new writers! If you’ve been thinking about it and you’re on the fence, I urge you to take the plunge and join the team! There is no time but the present. All Aomori JETs are welcome!

You can write on basically any topic you’d like, but I’m also on the lookout for a writer to revive this column from the blog’s past:

Northern Sweat: Health and exercise column for residents of northern Japan

Is staying healthy something you’re passionate about? Or is it something you want to be passionate about? Share your strategies!

GMA is looking for a JET who is actively trying to stay healthy during their time on the program, something that can be difficult to do while living abroad. We’d like you to share tips and information about health, diet, and exercise, your personal methods and stories, and any other health-related content you’re interested in.

・To see how previous writers have handled this column, click here.

If you’re interested in writing for this column, contact me at Feel free to rename it. I was thinking of something like “Blue Forest Buff,” but whatever you choose will be fine. Additionally, if you have an idea for an original column or a one-shot article, I’d love to hear it!

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