A Typical day at Aeon
The following is a possible schedule for an AEON teacher:
- The school’s business hours usually start at noon. Teachers and staff generally arrive at the school fifteen minutes prior to their scheduled starting time. Lessons are scheduled to start from 12:00 p.m. and all staff work together to ensure that the school is up and running before the start of the business day. There is a five-minute meeting at the start of every day, which gives the manager an opportunity to go over the previous day’s business results and the current day’s schedule with the teachers and staff. Teachers will teach an average of five to seven classes a day.
Afternoon (12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
- In the early afternoon the student body is generally made up of children, retirees, homemakers, and college students. There tend to be a greater number of kids classes and private lessons during this time. Before kids classes, the teachers engage the students in the lobby and check their home study tests. After each kids class, the teacher will do a class review for the parents in the lobby. During the afternoon, it is common for teachers to do model lessons for children who are interested in joining AEON. Additionally, teachers assist in other office duties such as helping with local advertising, which usually consists of folding or stapling flyers or handing them out on the street.
Evening (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- In the evening, it’s common to teach classes each hour from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The schools are busy during the evening hours. Teachers spend the time in between classes chatting with students in the lobby and conducting check tests to ensure the students are getting the most out of their Self Study materials. Teachers will also hold short counseling sessions with their adult students or do interviews for prospective students.
Teachers enjoy their various responsibilities from teaching to business to talking with all students and learning about Japan while sharing their culture. A typical day at AEON is busy, fast-paced and fun-filled requiring good time management skills and flexibility.