Went to the high school where I have been working with a special group of students on presentation skills. Today they made their final presentations. They started planning this particular presentations in October last year. I was really surprised by the level of the topics that they chose. Very interesting, sophisticated ideas, but they didn’t flesh them out very well. Just not enough planning time, I think. Most read their stuff rather than read it, a problem with presenters in Japan at any age or venue. I was also disappoointed when it was obvious that some had plagerized the whole thing from the Internet. They didn’t need to do that. It was obvious when they had some text on the screen, and there were several kanji that they couldn’t read.
Overall the experience, which beggan last year in April was positive. I ahve been to high schools before for short periods, but not ever to do a whole course. The students were more lively and involved than those at other schools that I have visited. I have seen some surprising behavior in schools here, and I mean that in a negative sense, but this class was very promising. It also gave me a chance to compare my students at this university with those at a high school. I guess the biggest difference was attendance. If the high school students were absent, it was significant. For my class of repeaters here, attendance is significant.
Here is a list of some of the topics that the students chose:
World Snowball Fight Championship
World after Death
Brands and their History
Childrens’ Dreams of the Future