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From the Desk: Health Week

14 April 2010

This is the first installment in a new periodic feature of the blog.  Every day at school, my desk is bombarded with fifteen to twenty piece of paper announcing something of interest to teachers about what’s going on in school.  Sometimes it’s about after school events, planning meetings, visitors, new textbooks, anything really.  These days, I’ve found myself with abundant time to sit and read them as a way of practicing my Kanji skills.  It occurs to me that not unlike the ‘Moments’ that so many readers seem to enjoy, these internal bureaucratic memos also reveal things about the Japanese approach to education.  It’s my intention to post excerpts from these documents with no analysis and as little context as possible.  I strive for accuracy in translation, but unless I have the time an energy to post the Japanese as well, you’ll just have to trust me.

Plan for EKG examinations

14 April 2010

From: Health Committee

To: All Teachers

1. Date: Thursday, 15 April, 08:30~

2. Place: Meeting Room 3

3. Concerned Students: 6th Graders (135)

5. Explanation of the Process (for students):

  1. Please wait quiet in the hallway outside the examination room.
  2. Please strip down to your T-shirt and gym shorts.
  3. Wait until your number is called.
  4. Lie down on the bed and relax all your muscles
  5. When the examination is over, quietly return to your classroom.

6. Other Instructions for Students: Please make sure to wear your gym shorts tomorrow

7. Items to prepare: The EKG technician will let us know when he or she arrives.

8. Other: This year, we will not be performing EKG examinations on the 7th grade students.

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