Reflections by Former Participants
"I realized how important it is to establish a community first to give students a feeling of acceptance and empathy before they can explore individuality and autonomy with each other’s support. This chain reaction of happiness, I feel, begins with the educator, it begins with me."
"Regardless of home life, schools teach children that happy people make up happy communities in Japan, and that we are all responsible for cultivating this wellness. "
"From a young age they are taught that happiness comes from the betterment of everyone, that they are all responsible for creating a positive nurturing community, and that through this community, they may emerge as a healthy and happy individual."
"The development of community in Japanese schools was perhaps my greatest take away. I observed classrooms of truly happy children, all working together to function and grow as a group. "
"The ability and openness to self-improvement can be a humbling practice, something that US educators can definitely take cues from Japanese educators."
"The lesson study we took part in taught me how much room there is to grow when being open to criticism, and that collaboration amongst colleagues will lead to better teaching for everyone."
"I learned a great lesson in humility in Japan during the lesson study. It will be so important to be reflective throughout my years and be open to criticism."
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