Earlier this year we started looking for a new teacher to add to our team at Knock Knock English. We were planning to hire someone locally (in Tokyo), because the interview and getting to know someone and seeing how they'll work with us and our students is so important. Then I got an interesting inquiry from a fellow named Jeremy in the U.S. We corresponded. His qualifications were great. His ideas about teaching were great. So we decided to try a video interview. I sent him questions, he sent me video responses. My last question/request was, "Please sing the Eensey Weensey Spider," and his enthusiastic response sealed the deal.
We kind of forgot about that little video, and then this past week, the president of our school and his wife had their third baby boy. In Japan, mothers tend be to kept in the hospital around a week or so after childbirth. As you can imagine, this was really tough on their three-year old son who missed Mommy a great deal every night. One thing stopped the crying, and that was watching Jeremy's Eensey Weensey Spider video on the computer over and over again (and memorizing every little gesture).
So, hoping other children would get just as big a kick out of it, Jeremy was kind enough to agree to put it up on youTube. I just sent it to a friend in California with a 2 year-old and he reported similar fascination. Pass it on!
To see more about Jeremy's adventures in Japan, you can follow his Jeremy Goes to Tokyo series at youTube. Very entertaining.