First day of a new session of the Yokkaichi Teachers’ Development Initiative on Saturday, and it was great. Our numbers are up, which makes for a far more dynamic group than 4 or 5. The group is also varied in their backgrounds. A couple of teacher-trainees, a couple of junior high and senior high teachers, one retired teacher who teaches privately new, and a another couple of teachers who teach privately; it is a really diverse group.
Andy and I have also started another kind of program where we will help the teachers organize their own small Action Research projects on themes that they are interested in. In the past that segment of our program was too loose to actually provide the support the teachers need to maintain a project for that amount of time.