One of my favorite Canadian rock bands of the late 90’s, Semisonic, wrote a song called ‘Closing time’ which had one of my favorite quotes:
‘Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.’
What a unique way to think of how things change.
Change really is the only constant in this world of ours. Without change we would never truly know the value of things because we would never be without them. Change can be painful and unexpected, the process seeming to throw everything into confusion, but at the end change is ultimately good. Change can be so many things, but it is most felt when something new begins and also when something old ends.
I came to Nihon Gakuen nearly eight years ago as a part-time teacher, then went on to become a full-time teacher five years ago and now it is time for me to say good-bye. It is a decision I didn’t take lightly, but just like the school, which will itself change in three years, I too must keep following my track to see what change awaits me.
My time at Nihon Gakuen has truly been a unique and educational experience and I think I’ve learned more about the Japanese education system in my time here than I have in my many years teaching previously.
To all the teachers I had the privilege of working with I say thanks for helping me become a better educator.
To all the students both past and present I say, ‘Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn and grow and no one successful ever got there by being perfect all the time.’