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Kinder Kids International School Overview

Tokyo (Japan)
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An international school for children growing up in Japan

Traditionally, international schools were generally considered to be available for children of expatriates and returnees. There were not many choices for Japanese parents who wished to send their child ... Read more

Mission: Every child should have the opportunity to;

Imagine, Create, Explore

These three small words will have the biggest impact on any child's future.

We, as a global educational school, provide the ... Read more

Kinder Kids International School Reviews

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    Pros

    Kinder Kids provides a wonderful opportunity to embrace and encourage a new culture to students. Children get to explore and learn a lot about the English language while also learning about the power language has in this world. The families, staff and children are all lovely to work with and provide a positive learning environment as long as you also put forth that effort. The Japanese staff are extremely hard working and supportive. I loved my experience working with my school. There are a lot of challenges that come with this position as any teaching job does, it is important to remember this as it in turn can be very rewarding.

    Lots of supplies and materials to support and encourage learning in the classroom.

    Excursions for K grades provides great opportunities to explore further on the material learned and see the students use their language outside in different contexts.

    Moving abroad can be a big transition and Kinder Kids was really helpful in this phase. It also provided an amazing opportunity to live in such a rich culture.

    Cons

    You don't have to be a certified teacher to teach children here so often those without the background knowledge are upset with the extra time you spend in your classroom. You should know coming into a teaching position that unpaid overtime is a part of the job and there are lots of extra tasks you should do to be fully prepared for every day's lessons. The Japanese co-teachers are wonderful and hard working. Be ready to support them in just as many ways as they support you. This will help your classroom environment and partnership run smoothly.

    Each week there is an extra class you will teach (Grad class). Unfortunately this can be a very long day as you will be teaching your whole shift. The material is laid out and direct but can be a bit dry.

    Would be nice to see schools getting nice playgrounds for students outside and upkeep. It seems that more focus is put into expanding the business and less focus is put on the existing schools.

    Advice to Management

    Grad classes can be very challenging during the week on top of classroom tasks. It can also be too challenging for many of the students in the class. It would be beneficial to look into assessing the children and providing ability classes and not based on age. This will help with pushing those that need it but ensuring those struggling are not left behind. It would also be helpful to keep the number of those classes to 7 or less. Any higher and the behavior management becomes a big part of the lessons over the content.

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    The hiring and interview weren't as stressful as the job itself. The interview was casual and just asked me questions about my life, how I teach, what experience I have teaching, what would you do in this scenario, as well as other things of that nature. I answered truthfully. When I accepted the offer they said that they use glassdoor specifically to find and hire applicants. Then I found out that in order to get an recommendation after you complete your contract, they say you should leave a good review on glassdoor. I found this out because of conditions at many of their campuses, teacher turnover is high. And there are weekends that you work with no pay. So the jobs it seems ok but read the fine print. You will work long hours 9am-6pm. There are no janitors so you will be the janitor for your classroom. Lunch isn't really an hour because you have to make sure your kids are down for nap before you can take your break.

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