We are Chris and Samantha, the designers, planners, and teachers who run Dinosaur Sensei! We have been living in Japan since 2012, and have both taught English to various levels of students on the southern-most island of Kyushu!
Chris is a licensed educator from the US with a background in theater arts. His wife, Samantha, is a displaced costumer and the creator of the designs for worksheets and activities.
Throughout the years, we have both developed our own worksheets, activities, and lesson resources for our classes. We have spent many years teaching as NETs, or Native English Teachers, in Japanese classrooms. This means that we are the primary teacher in the room, the homeroom teacher is there to assist as needed. Our resources have been used extensively by our local ALTs, or Assistant Language Teachers, at both Elementary Schools and Junior High, as well as in the classrooms at the private language school (eikaiwa) we worked at.
Since our school district was very focused on English education, we were lucky enough to teach regular lessons (once a month or more) to the 1st to 4th grade students, and then provide weekly lessons to 5th and 6th using the “Hi, Friends” textbooks. Our public Kindergartens also had regular English classes, sometimes as often as once a week, so our activities are well practiced and perfected, which means you have less to stress out about while planning your own lessons!
In addition to our lessons at an Elementary School, our evenings consisted of teaching private English lessons to small groups of students, so some of the activities were tailored for small groups of 3 to 10 students.
Why the name “Dinosaur Sensei,” though?
Easy! Samantha started working with a class of kindergartners in an immersion class, and the students got to pick what animal their class would be represented by, and they unanimously said “DINOSAUR!” You will see a running theme of dinosaurs in many of these activities, too, as they were originally made to help the students in Dinosaur Class succeed in their English!