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Measuring Teacher Prep Time (Focus on the Lessons)

  I’m in communication with a number of other school owners on Facebook and they often ask how we do things here at MY.  One question I was recently asked is how we keep track of teacher hours, especially how we confirm that teachers are spending their out-of-class time on lesson prep and not “wasting” […]

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  We are developing our own software for operating and automating our schools, after not finding anything on the market that really fit our needs.  One question that has come up, however, is how much we should automate.   I believe the most important factor that will set successful schools apart in the near future […]

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Tim Ferriss recently interviewed Jim Colins on his podcast, with one of the themes being trust.  Please listen from the 1:08:00 time stamp here (https://overcast.fm/+Kebtp5slg/1:08:00) until the 1:16:30 point, about 8-1/2 minutes.   Colins’s stance is that we should start from trust.  Yes, we will get burned sometimes, but the benefits of starting from trust […]

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I have to admit that I am a school owner first and foremost because I was unhappy with the restrictions on teaching I encountered in my other teaching situations.  I wanted to teach the way that I felt was most effective and create a school with that same emphasis on education.   Even now, I […]

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One of my staff members recently sent me a link to this podcast (length 4:45) with the message that it “reminded me of you and your ownership of MY.”  The podcast is mainly about the story of a construction contractor who gets more from his workers because he treats them well.  I don’t always succeed […]

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  What are your thought processes for making decisions? How do you view risk and probabilities of success? Are you able to separate a good or bad outcome from solid or weak decision making? If you are successful, is it a result of luck or skill? What is within your control and what isn’t? How […]

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  There was a time when we offered 46 lessons per year, sometimes 47. We were much smaller then, with only two fulltime teachers. We would meet once a month after lessons finished on Saturday for an all-staff meeting, a portion of which was used for watching and discussing a video of a teacher’s lesson. […]

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The second unquantifiable business decision we’ve made at MY has drawn even sharper reactions than closing enrollments (https://ltprofessionals.com/unquantifiable-business-decisions-limited-enrollment-period): no campaign promotions. This strategy can elicit such strong reactions that once I even got kicked off a Facebook group for school owners after proposing it, being told that I was making the suggestion only as an […]

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I found that some of the most heated debates I have had with other school owners—in a good way—revolve around what I would describe as unquantifiable business decisions.   I would define unquantifiable business decisions as those that are believed to make a difference but are difficult to gather specific, quantifiable, and testable data on […]

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With rental discrimination being legal, renting school locations and teacher apartments can be difficult for ‘gaijin’ (foreign) school owners in Japan. I’ll write about three of my experiences and what I learned from them.     Experience 1 – Soon after taking over MY English School in 2008, we were looking for an apartment for […]

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