Home » Entries posted by Dave and Amy Long
Avatar
Stories written by Dave and Amy

Our School in Lockdown

Abe’s sudden announcement of school closure for the first 2 weeks of March threw our school (Dave and Amy English School) into turmoil.     Abe’s announcement came on the Thursday night.   All public schools would close from the following Tuesday for 2 weeks.    We mirrored the public policy.   We held lessons […]

Read more

I advise my kids to savor the moment, because life is always changing.    Life has certainly changed now.       Like everyone, we locked down suddenly.   We shut our four English Schools and moved online.  Golds’ Gym, our regular hangout, shut.   Our boys’ soccer and kick boxing, closed.    Piano and […]

Read more

At the end of March 2020 we moved to an apartment near our old rental house.    The backdrop to this move was the growing Covid 19 epidemic.   On our return from Christmas in the USA, news of the virus lingered.    After 25 years in Japan, we finally took the plunge and bought […]

Read more

Parents are often unsure if their English School choice is good or not.      We equate it with choosing a piano school for our kids.     We don’t play the piano.   So in reality, we have no idea if it is a good lesson or not.      So, how can you choose a […]

Read more

In our hour long after school English lessons, we have a no Japanese policy.     Why do we want English only lessons?       Japanese in class is the number 1 reason students quit.   We get a lot of students from other schools because of this.    (If you’re a school near […]

Read more

I am a teacher at Dave and Amy’s English School.       I also have my own small business running an after school English Club at a Buddhist temple run kindergarten.  The students in my club range from the second year of kindergarten to the third year of elementary school.    Unlike the lessons at […]

Read more

It was meant to be a quick trip to the eye doctor.   Leon had missed his annual school eye exam because of headaches.   So we were instructed to visit a clinic.     I wasn’t even planning on staying—just dropping Leon off on the way to work.   (For those not in Japan, […]

Read more

  I’ve (Dave) always loved soccer.  I’d play throughout the day in the 3 school breaks.   Get home, have a stack of jam butties, a cup of milk and head out for more footy at the park.   I played for my school and local teams.   Footy’s been good to me:    It’s […]

Read more

Here’s some of our terrible trial lesson stories:   The uninvited guest   Doing a trial lesson in the August heat, a meaty cockroach flew out of the air-conditioning onto the trial lesson Mom’s lap.    Signed up?: No   Lessons Learned: Cockroach traps needed.   No more trial lessons in August:  Students come hot […]

Read more

Happy, clappy English teaching:    not a fan.    Why?         After 22 years here, we are miserable sods jaded with teaching and life itself.     Ha ha, gotcha!       No, we are very happy people but definitely not into the concept of bouncing around a class, bug eyed leading […]

Read more

Page 1 of 7123Next ›Last »