The 3-4-3 principle and the importance of repetition
Putting students through their paces
Each lesson has four sides. I lift one side. If by the end of the lesson the students know what is under the remaining three sides, I do not repeat the lesson
Yes, it’s official
Thais can be just as good at English as Khmers, Vietnamese and Laotians but
English is a compulsory subject in Thailand. But class sizes are normally large. This leaves little or no room for one-to-one dialogues.
Creating classroom culture
Cultivating universal values and striving for excellence
There are some good teachers out there to get you through these first rough few months of uncertainty. From those who say, "Lay down the law the first week of class. You're not their friend, you're their teacher", to those who offer good introductory first day lessons, there is a lot of good advice out there if one knows where to look.
How learners learn
Each learner and each learning experience is unique; yet educators can identify patterns in the learning process. Designing effective learning requirements requires a clear understanding of, and attention to, both commonalities and differences in the learners and the learning.
The basics of lesson planning
Something every teacher should know
The first step in planning a lesson is to have an overview of exactly what will be learned in that lesson (or group of lessons). For example, if you are teaching verb use, you need to determine what you want students to learn.
Before you teach
What every teacher should do and know before opening day
The first thing every teacher should do before starting a new job is to inspect; inspect beyond the usual school tour that is part of most interviews. Ask to be taken to the classrooms you will use. Look at where you will teach. What do you have? Are there whiteboards or chalkboards? Do you have any type of technology to aid you in teaching? Is there air conditioning?
More on lesson planning
Yes, we know it needs to be done
How to keep the inspectors happy. With thoughts turning to end of semester inspections a 'cut out, memorise n' shred' Plan B for all you chalkies in Thai schools.
I’ll have a P please Bob
Slowly but surely gameshows are creeping into education
Making learning more fun by combining games shows & education. A few sugrestions for the future.
Keeping the teacher's pecker up
An insight into educational viagra (otherwise known as lesson plans) an idiots guide to keeping your boss & students satisfied by your performance under pressure.
Born under a bad sign
Teachers are trained to watch for signs. There are many different signs the
Teachers' warning signs - ignore them at your peril. Cynical and negative - so no change there.
Diploma (1), BA (1), Certificate (1)
South African (female, 35 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
South African (male, 57 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 25 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 18 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (2), BA (1)
Australian (male, 54 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1), MA (1)
Iranian (male, 28 years old, native Persian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
Canadian (male, 48 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 41 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Australian (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 63 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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