— How delicious is your pie?
Mark Newman says that teaching capability can be measured using three factors - desire, experience and training. When Mark started out, his pie chart would have indicated 100% desire, but now it's a 50/50 split of desire and experience. How delicious is YOUR pie?
Ten reasons to quit teaching English in Thailand and while you'll soon be heading home. A tongue in cheek look at various teacher problems.
— "I admit I probably don't save enough"
Barry is next up in our cost of living section. He can earn between 50,000 and 70,000 a month with a combination of full-time salary and private teaching. So what does he spend that money on?
Now you can fill in the cost of living survey on-line. Come on, let us know what you earn and spend each month.
— Get your teacher training certificate!
This month in our TEFL course news blog - free online courses, a 20% discount for current teachers, exclusive discounts for ajarn readers and free accommodation at a course in Hua Hin.
— "I felt less stressed when I taught in Thailand"
Aaron has gone back to teach in the USA schooling system after a couple of spells as a teacher in Thailand. Although there are good points to being back home and working in Florida, there are many things he misses about his life in Thailand.
— How can I improve as a teacher next term?
Teacher Adam is approaching the end of the school year and he's already thinking about ways to better his performances in the classroom. Building a larger collection of activities and learning to cope with frustrations are just a few of the many things on his radar.
— Understanding student needs
Joko is one very experienced teacher. He's handled large classrooms of rowdy government school students. However, looking after two new students - one with cerebral palsy and the other with autism - was the biggest challenge he had faced so far in his teaching career.
— How's the teaching scene in Laos?
It's not uncommon for foreign teachers in Thailand to fancy a change of scenery and head for pastures new and to one of Thailand's neighbours - perhaps Myanmar, Vietnam or Cambodia. But let's find out what's going on in Laos? Robert Walsh takes care of teacher recruitment at The Oscar International School in Vientiane. Let's put him in the ajarn hot seat.
Irish, 27 years old. Currently living in United Kingdom
American, 57 years old. Currently living in South Korea
British, 38 years old. Currently living in Italy
Australian, 52 years old. Currently living in China
Indian, 22 years old. Currently living in India
British, 63 years old. Currently living in Sweden
Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Irish, 28 years old. Currently living in South Africa
Thai, 42 years old. Currently living in Thailand
South African, 25 years old. Currently living in South Africa
Get off to a good start...
Take your course
How soon will you be heading home?
How can I improve my teaching practice next year?
The challenges of adapting your teaching for 'different' class members
Take it seriously - or find someone else to manage the hiring.
Reflecting on what I could have done better for my students
The peak teacher hiring season is here. Time to take a training course!
Our experiences as students guide us as teachers.
Do the maths and work it out yourself
Don't come to Thailand if this kind of stuff makes you mad