Lessons from the Japan Earthquake (by Masatoshi Watanabe)

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4 Responses

  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    Thank you so much for this, Masatoshi! I know that we often talk about helping students understand disasters that are sometimes quite beyond our own understanding. Your post shows exactly how this might be done, and will help other teachers come up with ideas if they find themselves in a position to help their students deal with difficult-to-understand circumstances.

  2. Thanks for doing this, Masatoshi. Both for writing it up but also (and more importantly) for creating this interaction. I’m sure it was meaningful for students at both ends. After all, it wasn’t so long since Niigata students had experienced a bad quake, too. And to create this situation of support for them (in English!) is wonderful.

  3. Dear Masatoshi,

    I truly admire the beautiful human experience you have created for your students and the community during this moment of sheer distress. You allowed your students to hear the supporting voices from around the world at the same time you nurtured them to express their compassion in the foreign language. This is certainly one of those lifetime experiences your students will carry forever. Truly inspiring!

    Send you a big hug,


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