What is T.O.S.S?
- T.O.S.S is the nation’s largest educational research organization.
- It is the nation’s largest educational research organization.
There are over 10,000 members enrolled and it produces five monthly magazines.
T.O.S.S is the nation’s largest educational research organization for teachers in Japan.
We have been developing and collecting teaching resources and techniques which can be used without modification in classrooms.
The established teaching skills and techniques are practiced in different schools,
and feedback is encouraged so that better ideas and amendments can be added in due course. T.O.S.S aims at sharing such
useful teaching skills and techniques with teachers nationwide.
There are over 10,000 members enrolled and it produces five monthly commercial magazines.
The Turning of Teaching Skills into rules was a precursor of T.O.S.S, which was founded in 1983 by Yohichi Mukoyama, who was a former primary school teacher at a public school in Tokyo.
How to teach a student to jump vaulting horse was a motive for Mr Mukoyama to start this movement.
A well-known teacher claimed that he could successfully teach any child to jump a vaulting horse within an hour, even in instances where the children have not previously been able to jump a vaulting horse.However, he kept the skills to himself and didn’t share them with other teachers.
Mr. Mukoyama felt it unfair to other students. He set about learning, and developed the skills.
Then he shared those skills with his fellow teachers through seminars and his books.
The skills proved even better because any teacher could assist students to jump a vaulting horse successfully with just three minutes tuition.
He asked why such skills hadn’t become common knowledge among teachers.
He raised the issue that the current situation was inadequate, and needed changing.
In a statement made to his fellow teachers, Mr. Mukoyama said, “What if the excellent teachers stop keeping their masterly skills and performances to themselves, and share them with other teachers, especially with those who are new or inexperienced?
Don’t you think many less experienced teachers will benefit greatly from skills, methods and techniques being shared by the learned teachers?
It is important to share the each teacher’s knowledge, skills, methods and techniques with other teachers nationwide in order to raise the standard of education nationally.
The conversion of Teaching Skills into a formatted set of rules commenced, and Mr Mukoyama became the representative of the Movement.
The movement was promoted through nationwide seminars, study camps and by publishing a series of books based on a variety of skills and subjects.
The movement started with only ten members, but it was well received especially among the young and less experienced teachers. Within a couple of years, it became the nation’s largest educational organization for teachers in Japan.