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Things I’d Wish I’d Known Before Starting My School in Japan

I arrived in Japan in June 1999, after almost 20 years working as a high school teacher in the UK and Australia. During the first few years, my working time was shared between working as a pro rugby coach and English teacher. In the UK and Australia, I had not worked as an English teacher, […]

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Recently on Tokyo Real I interviewed Australian Kevin McNamara who runs the online platform “ Get out of your comfort zone “. Kevin is an ex-policeman, cancer survivor, self healer and now an online educator. Many of the things we talked about could well be applied to our field of teaching and running small businesses. […]

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SMART GOALS   Every year the majority of people set their New Year Resolution goals. They may be physical or mental goals related to your body and mind, or they maybe academic or business goals. Whatever they are, setting them is the easy part! The hard part is achieving them. It requires a physical and […]

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Would you consider using meditation in your kids English class ?   Recently on www.tokyoreal.media I had the honor of interviewing Andy Puddicombe, who is the founder of the meditation App. Headspace. Andy is a man with a fascinating story that takes him from studying sports science in the UK, living for 10 years as […]

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Do you have a school or a business? By Ian Simpson   This is the question many school owners ask themselves at one point or another. It’s also a necessary question to ask yourself before opening a school. In short, the answer is both.   Recently on www.tokyoreal.tv I had the privilege of interviewing LTP […]

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TOP TEN RULES FOR SUCCESS IN AN EDUCATIONAL BUSINESS by Ian Simpson   The following link will take you to a video presentation on the same topic by the author  F-ETJ Event – Nagoya 2106 –     Have a VISION – Take time to plan your new school ( or, educational business ). Be […]

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THE 80 – 20 RULE   The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule,) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. It is a common rule of thumb in business; e.g., “80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients.”   As an educational […]

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DO YOU HAVE VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS OR A SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ?     I ask this question because those of you who have progressed beyond your one room/ one teacher English school, now have a business. Its worth remembering at this point that from now on you should be focusing on “working on your business, […]

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Paper   V   Video – Student Assessment By – Ian Simpson     How do you assess your students ? Are you happy with the feedback you give students ?     The traditional way of providing students with feedback is by providing them with a paper ( or, online version) “Report Card”. This […]

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    I arrived in Japan in the summer of 1999. I came from from Wales with a background in education and high performance sports science and coaching. My aim was to continue my rugby coaching career as a Pro Coach in Japan, because I knew “Shakaijin” ( company rugby ) in Japan was prestigious […]

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