[iEARN] Looking for a sister school from USA, PA
USAペンシルバニア”William Penn Middle School”
From: "Brazina, Abby" <ABrazina@pennsbury.k12.pa.us>
To: Yoko Takagi <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 13:44:21 -0500
Subject: RE: Looking for a sister school
Thank you for your help in finding us a sister school in Japan. Our new school website is http://www.pennsbury.k12.pa.us/pennsbury/William%20…%20Middle/
I look forward to hearing from you again and working together in the future. If there is any way I can help you, please let me know.
Social Studies Teacher
William Penn Middle School
1524 Derbyshire Road
Yardley, PA 19067
From: Yoko Takagi [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008 11:10 AM
To: Brazina, Abby; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Looking for a sister school
Your points are my concerns too.
iEARN-Japan teachers do not often visit iEARN Collabolation Center, nor post
forums because of time shortage, but
I have been afraid of Japanese students getting behind of world standard,
poor communication skills, due to not be provided such places to meet friends
in the world and discuss things together.
I will discuss your points with my staff, and at the same time I will ask
iEARN-Japan school teachers to be your partner(s).
Is the following URL is correct to introduce your school ?
At 05:57 08/11/12, Brazina, Abby wrote:
>I am a Middle School Social Studies teacher in a suburb of
>Philadelphia, PA and a member of the iEARN network. I recently
>returned from a 3-week study trip to Japan as part of the Japan
>Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. While in Japan, I saw and
>learned many amazing things that I am looking to share with my students.
>One of the most amazing aspects of my experience was the
>opportunity to meet with Japanese students and teachers and learn
>about the life of a student in Japan first-hand. As a result of
>this trip, I was hoping to develop a professional relationship with
>a teacher so that our students could communicate and learn from each
>other. After spending a week visiting schools and meeting with
>teachers, I realized that my grand plan to develop a partnership was
>not going to be as easy as I hoped. I know that 2nd year Junior
>High School students have not yet mastered conversational English
>except for basic phrases (and my students are not fortunate enough
>to study Japanese in school) and that students in the upper grades
>spend most of their time in school working on curriculum and
>preparing for exams. I also realized that the language barrier will
>prevent many teachers from being able to communicate with me and the
>lack of access to technology in some schools will keep us from
>Despite these barriers, I am still looking to form a partnership
>with a 1st or 2nd year Junior High class. I would love for our
>students to be able to communicate about the life of a teenager and
>their hopes, dreams, and fears for the future. This communication
>could be done via letters, email, video-conferencing, or even
>through drawings. I would appreciate any help you might be able to
>offer in putting me in contact with a teacher or classroom that
>would be willing to cooperate in this endeavor.
>Thank you for your time and your efforts. I look forward to
>working with you in the future.
>Social Studies Teacher
>William Penn Middle School
>1524 Derbyshire Road
>Yardley, PA 19067