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Lifestyle Guidance

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Lifestyle Guidance One of the most interesting things I’ve learned in this class is that in Japan, teaching not only encompasses academics, but counseling and guidance as well. Although many would perceive these tasks as unordinary for teachers, in Japan it is very common for teachers to counsel and guide their students into adulthood. In Japan, teachers have the responsibility for teaching their students “lifestyle management.” They teach their students ideal student behavior and attempt to monitor their behavior to reach that goal. For instance, teachers would often make their students write in journals to figure out how they’re feeling and what their quality of life is. By doing so, the teachers can help the student develop better lifestyle habits and improve their quality of life. Thought it may seem intrusive, this allows teachers to see the reasons behind a student’s poor academic performance or bad behavior. Another method of gathering information
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Unformatted text preview: about students could be done through parent teacher meetings. Often times, these meetings are teacher led and the parents confess their child’s inadequacies. By giving the teacher such information, it allows them to fix a student’s lack of motivation or behavioral problem. Teacher also use peer control to discipline students. Through this method, the teachers are hoping that peer pressure would be enough to straighten up a student. Overall, the teachers and school administrators in Japan are more involved in a student’s life. They would often call home or ask about a student if they’re behaving differently or not attending school. I found this topic very interesting because it is so different from our own culture. In America, teacher-student relationships are more impersonal, the teacher simply teaches the subject and the student does the work assigned. However, in Japan teachers play a much bigger role in shaping students’ lives....
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