Marybeth Kamibeppu

Hiroshima International School

Marybeth teaches at Hiroshima International School, a small International Baccaulerate (IB) located in Hiroshima. In addition to teaching English language acquisition, Marybeth is the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator and a college counselor. In JALT, Marybeth is the Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) chair. Her professional interests include differentiation strategies and reflection for teachers and students.


Teaching Younger Learners Forum

Collaboration between students and teachers in the classroom is an important part of allowing younger learners to take control of their learning. The autonomy that we allow as teachers helps our students personalize their educational experience and frees up time for more one-on-one attention. This type of classroom also helps students with motivation and thereby eliminating much of the classroom control problems we face. With a student-centered classroom, teachers have more time to work individually with students in a more meaningful way. Good collaboration in the classroom also creates an environment that is surrounded by mutual achievements. In this presentation, the focus will be on teachers working together with students in a collaborative fashion to achieve a student-centered classroom. The presenters will provide useful ideas to help free the bonds of a teacher-centered classroom and provide a guide to a more student autonomous pedagogy. This will be done by giving examples and referencing research into student autonomy, intrinsic motivation, classroom control, and personalized student assessment.