— Ten things I've learned
Julia Knight started a new job in August but as is the case for many teachers working in Bangkok, the commute to and from school is turning out to be a nightmare.
Lidya has only been teaching in Thailand for a couple of months but even the new teacher has valuable opinions to share. "I know there are teachers who have been doing this for a lot longer than I" says Lidya "but many of those teachers have become jaded by their experience" So what has Lidya learned so far?
— A new cost of living survey and a new great escape!
It's many readers' favourite part of the ajarn website - the cost of living section. How much do teachers earn per month and what do they spend it on? Next in the spotlight is Dutchboy, who earns about 45-50,000 baht a month from a combination of full-time job and private students. He's happy with life at the moment but certainly keeping an eye on the future.
And in our great escape section, Perry taught for a year in Thailand and then decided on a change of scenery - Yangon in Myanamar to be exact. He's only been teaching there for a couple of months and is still getting a feel for the place. So how are things working out or him?
— TEFL course news blog is out!
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— Think of those important life skills.
One of the most frustrating things for a teacher is when students don't show up for class because they've been roped into a school activity of some description. It might be a sports day or a school production or a Christmas panto. But don't despair says Daniel from Varee School in Chiang Mai - the students are learning some essential life skills.
— Time to panic?
The Teachers' Council of Thailand recently announced that any foreign teacher applying for a teaching licence would now have to get their university to send a sealed transcript direct to the TCT office. Naturally, this news sent shock waves down many a school corridor, but Eric Haeg is saying 'calm down, calm down - we've all been here before'
Peter Clarke is back with some more blog links that should be of interest to teachers. This month's selection includes Bangkok's best open air bars, tips on how teachers can save more of their salary, the detailed cost of supermarket groceries and selling som tam in Udon Thani.
— Land that teaching job!
Applying for jobs - always a worthwhile topic to discuss because there are plenty of wrong ways to go about it. David Walters of the Early Years Learing Centre in Bangkok sees many job applications land on his desk. Here is his own personal advice for job hunters.
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