MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- Iwakuni Elementary School invited six educators from the Shimane Prefecture to observe classroom activities at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 30, 2018.
The local educators had the opportunity to view the facilities, observe the children in a classroom setting and take away from the American education style.
“This kind of event builds a good friendship between our school and the local schools,” said Yoko Hamagiri, a host nation teacher at Iwakuni Elementary School. “It's also nice for Japanese school teachers to know about our school, so they can help us with planning for future exchange programs.”
Along with viewing classrooms and activities, the local educators were also able to interact with the students and ask the teachers questions.
“I believe both Japanese and American educators are always searching for improvement,” said Hamagiri. “We want to learn better strategies and better activities to teach the students well. Today's visitors mentioned how much they learned from this short visitation. I hope they found something new and useful which they may want to try in their schools to teach their students better.”