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On June 14, we had an international exchange program with 2 graduate students from the University of California Berkeley in the U.S., which Toba students visited last year during the Global Seminar.

In the class "Global CommunicationⅠ", first year Global Course students (Class 1-7 and 1-8) listened to the presentation about their archaeological research. One of the graduates is doing a research on the Kofun period and water in Japan, and the students were so interested in it that they asked a lot of questions about the research in English.

After that, the second year students who participated in the Global Seminar last year gave a school tour. The students tried hard to explain our school in English, and the two graduate students were very impressed to see our club activities and the facilities in our school.

Through this exchange program, students could learn about how foreign people view Japanese history and traditions, and it was a good chance to interact with top level university students.

 
 

The third year Global Course students (3-7 and 8) had Global Studies III on June 12 (Th), in which they continued to edit their English research paper drafts. In the beginning of the session, detailed information on fixed schedule until the Annual Toba Global Summit 2019 was shown to the students. They were also informed of what they are required to do during the Summit. After that they started working on their drafts. Those teams who finished finalizing the draft got an English assignment, and returned to their own homeroom, and tried hard to get it done.

 
 
 
 

   The second year Global Course students participated in a workshop organized by the University of Osaka, titled "What Is Good Research?" on June 8 (Sa). In the workshop Mr. Shindo, the lecturer and facilitator of the workshop, who is a professor at the University of Osaka, showed us what a good research presentation requires to have; which are (1)to have a clear theme of the research, (2)to have thoughts composed by logically constructed analysis, and (3)to be based on targeted research. Then, all the research project teams checked whether or not their research projects met the three requirements mentioned above.
   Mr. Kakizawa, the other lecturer and facilitator of the workshop, who is a specially appointed associate professor at the University of Osaka, also pointed out that while advancing their research projects, they need to be always aware of the key perspectives: analysis and synthesis, which will undoubtedly make their arguments more persuasive. All the second year Global Course students are going to take part in a special workshop on academic writing, which will be held at the University of Osaka this August, by which they have to flesh out the details of their research planning.

 
 
 
 

The third year Global Course students (3-7 and 8) had Innovation Studies Ⅲ on June 5 (W). They got the feedbacks from Mr. Mieuli, one of the teachers in charge, and all the research teams started editing their second drafts following his instructions about the format they have to follow, typographical errors, inappropriate expressions, and so on. All the processes will have to be finished up in the next session next week, and they are required to start preparing for the presentations and discussions they are going to have with foreign university students in the Annual Toba Global Summit in July after the term examinations.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Innovation Studies III for the third year Global Course was held on May 29 (W). They continued to type the draft of the research reports into the computer, having a hard time with graphs, charts and mathmatical figures of the statistics they use in the arguments of their papers. Many of the team finished up the task and are waiting for their papers to be checked by the teachers in charge. Just sprint to the finishing line!

 
 
 
 

The first year Global Course students attended a workshop, called "Cultural PropertyーCreation of Value," organized by the Museum of Kyoto on May 25 (Sa), in which Mr Murano Masakage and Mr. Nishiyama Tsuyoshi, its curators gave us lecures and group works. The students were provided with a valuable opportunity to realize how important it is to appreciate dedication of those involved and to show respect or consideration for them, when we utilize those properties, and create cultural values from them.

 
 
 
 

The second year Global Course students had Innovation Studies II on May 25 (Sa). With the knowledge and skills obtained through the workshop they had participated in on May 11, they started to make the research planning of their projects, where each group had discussion as to what they were going to do research about. In the next session, they are going to join in another workshop designed by University of Osaka, which is to aim at effecive ways of writing a critical essay.

 
 
 
 
The third year Global Course students (3-7 and 8) had Innovation Studies Ⅲ on May 17 (F). They continued to be committed to typing up their drafts into research reports in English on the computer. There was only a day-off between the last session and today's one, so they seemed to have started their tasks rather smoothly, and they were effectively working together as a team, since they are required to have their tasks completed within the constraints of space and time.
 
 
 
 

The third year Global Course had Innovation Studies III on Wednesday. More and More research project teams are finishing up their drafts, and started typing them on the computer. It seemed that CAI lab. was packed with students with powerful excitement and vitality.

 
 
 
 

Innovation Studies II for the second year Global Course ( 2-7 and 8 ) invited a special lecturer, Mr. INUI Akinori, who is a graduate from Toba, and is now an associate professor at Kyoto Koka Women's College. He provided the students with a workshop, titled "Project-Based Learning at Toba High School," in which all the students learned key things to keep in mind about what a research project at high school level should be like; that is, a good research project should include the following three elements: things that they want to learn, things that they can do by themselves, and things that contribute to our society. After that, they were divided into their reseach project teams, so that they thought of what would be good research questions in order to reach the core of their reseaches.

 
 
 
 

Innovation Studies III for the third year Global Course Students (3-7 and 8) was held on May 8th (W). All the students were divided into their research project teams and rewrote their first drafts for their research papers in English. They are going to have a group discussion with foreign university students, based on what they have done in their research in the Annual Toba Global Summit in this coming July. With valuable assistance of the teachers in charge, they tried to figure out the best way to express what they wanted to say with the technical terms and expressions that they used in their writings.

 

 
 
 
 

The first year Global Course students (1-7 and 8 ) participated in a workshop, "What Is Research Project? What Is Vitalization of Local Community?" in Innovation Studies I held on April 27 (Sa). The lecturer and facilitator Ms. KANKI Kiyoko, professor at Graduate School of Engineering and Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto University, gave the students a valuable opportunity to think of what research project is and what vitalization of local community is through her lecture and the following workshop. In those activities, the students learned what is needed to link research projects they are going to work on throughout the year and vitalization of the local communities. Also, they realized the advantages and accompanying difficulties that high school students are expected to have when they work on this kind of project-based learning. This opportunity gave the students a great insight into the way they develop their ideas into the themes of their research projects.

 
 
 
 

In Landscapes of Kyoto and the World for 2-7 and 8 on April 20 (Sa), all the students participated in a workshop in which they were required to portray an image that would best describe what Kyoto is, and then to have a group discussion to create a shared image which would best embody their ideas and draw it in a large sheet of A2 poster paper. They put all the pieces of Kyoto images on the wall of the hallway, so that everyone could take a look at them one by one. Some groups drew pictures of local products of Kyoto, while others focused on information about their home towns. Descriptions from a variety of perspectives about the image of Kyoto told them that there are more ways of looking at things than they could think of. This workshop definitely gave them an interesting insight about examining things from a different angle.

 
 
 
 

The kickoff meeting of Innovation Studies II for the secon year Global Course 2-7 and 8 was held on April 20(Sa). In this course, all the students are required to do comprehensive research on global issues through intercultural understanding and cooperation, based on the experiences and knowledge they acquired through Innovation Studies I, the Wisdom of Kyoto last year. In this session, several third year Global Course students explained as guest speakers what they had done in their research projects last year. Their reports were very interesting and thought-provoking, and were successful in heightening the second year students' awareness to the issues they are going to tackle this year.

 

 

 
 
 
 

The kickoff meeting of Innovation Studies I for the first year Global Course 1-7 and 8 was held on April 20(Sa). After an ice-breaker activity, the teachers explained the three year syllabus. Innovation Studies I focus on "the Wisdom of Kyoto," accumulated wisdom of Kyoto in terms of culture and society and its people's daily lives. After that, the students did group work. They actively took part in each session of the group work, which was very impressive. All the activitives programmed in the course will be integrated into the Research Presentation, which they are required to produce in the end of this year as the fruit of their research work.

 
 
 
 

We had an international exchange program with 24 students at St. Augustine's College in Australia on April 15(M). In the second period, we offered a tour of school buildings of our school, so that Australian students would see what our school is like. In the third period, the second year Global Course students (Class 2-7 and 2-8) provided Australian delegation with a welcoming ceremony, in which Mr. Yamano, School Principal, gave a welcome speech; we exchanged commemorative gifts as a token of our friendship; after that, the representatives from each school provided a brief presentation about each school.


Following the ceremony, all the students were divided into small groups and talked about themselves, taking part in several games together. In the fourth period, the second year Sports Course students (Class 2-1 and 2-2) had an exchange program through jumping rope, called "Oh-Nawatobi," in which two people spin a very long rope while many people jump the rope at the same time, trying their best to jump the rope as many times as possible. They made 9 jumps at the end.

 

More Toba students joined the Australian students during the lunch break, and enjoyed conversing with each other while eating lunch together. This exchange program undoubtedly gave a good opportunity to be exposed to something unknown through which they experienced and learned the importance of positive attitude for good communication.

 
 
 
 

The first class of Landscapes of Kyoto and the World for the second year Global Course students was held on April 11 (Th), in which all the students have an opportunity to look at various issues from new perspectives without being bound by the traditional disciplinary boundaries of geography, Japanese History and World History. Today they took part in a workshop. In the workshop, they were required to get some messages from photos of some areas in Japan or the world in terms of geographical features and their historical backgrounds.

 

 

 
 
 
 

The first class meeting of Innovation Studies III for the Global Course 3-7 and 3-8 was held on April 11 (W). This year, they are required to write research reports in English, which are based on the researches they did in Innovation Studies II last year. In the first half of the session, the teachers in charge explained what they are going to do in the first semester, and after that, they checked by themselves whether the assignments required during the spring break were complete. In the latter half of the session, they learned the basic skills for writing sentences on the computer.

 

 
 
 
 

Jan 24 (Thu)
The students are currently at the airport and scheduled to depart on time. The beautiful photos below were taken this evening.

 
 
 
 

Jan 24 (Thu)

This afternoon the students did independent fieldwork on the island of Sentosa. The name of this island, by the way, means "peace and quiet." Today is the final day of the school trip, so tonight the students will depart for Japan and arrive early tomorrow morning.

 
 
 
 
 
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