So today I was presented with my own box of heart-shaped cookies (although I don’t really eat cookies, but Yasu does!) for being a Master of Interviews, and with a Parker pen engraved with my name for being February’s Teacher of the Month (I hope they’re not making a calendar or something). The latter prize even came with an official certificate in Japanese (with an English translation) for me to frame and show off on my wall. I didn’t do anything special to win either prize, but it’s always nice to know your work is being appreciated.
My company likes to reward its employees with cookies, and there are several ways to win cookies every month. Usually, our school is one of the top-three performers (financially anyway) in the Kansai region, so we get a big box of cookies to share with the whole staff. Usually, the cookies are snacked away between classes and they don’t survive the week. But apparently, you can also win your personal (smaller) box of cookies as a Master of Interviews. I vaguely remember the contest being mentioned in a teacher’s meeting, but honestly such a contest doesn’t motivate me to perform better, so it was a surprise to find out three of our school’s teachers had won, including me.