Thrown to the wolves
Teaching kindergarten for the very first time
Today's class was my very first 2-hour stint with a group of kindergarteners. I've never been the world's largest fan of little kids, not because I don't like them, but because I have no earthly idea what to do with them. Well, all things considered, I'd say my class went quite well!
Make sure to get that contract
Sent in by sheryl
One teacher's terrible experiences from taking a job offer with no contract
Tips from the trenches
Tips to help a new teacher get through that very first day of class
Worried about that first day of class? The following compilation of articles might offer some insight into how to approach your students for the first time, regardless of their age, numbers and gender.
Back to school
Shoes are polished and uniforms are in pristine condition
It's the first day back after the summer holidays, uniforms are donned and the ritual countdown to the first class of the new school year begins . . . begin
Indian (male, 42 years old, native Punjabi speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (female, 59 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BSc (1), Certificate (1)
Russian (male, 24 years old, native Russian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 28 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (female, 27 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
British (male, 63 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
Canadian (male, 51 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (6), BA (1)
British (female, 32 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), PGCE (1), BSc (1)
British (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ajarn.com was started as a small hobby website in 1999 by Ian McNamara. It was a simple way for one Bangkok teacher to share his Thailand experiences and pass on advice. The website developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. In 2004, Ian handed over the reins to Phil Williams and 'Bangkok Phil' has run the ajarn website ever since.
Ajarn.com has grown enormously and is now the most popular TEFL site in Thailand - possibly even South East Asia. Although best-known for its vibrant jobs page, Ajarn has a wealth of articles, blogs, features and help and advice. But one principle has always remained at Ajarn's core - to tell things like they are and to do it with a sense of humor. Thailand can be Heaven or Hell for an English teacher. It's always been Ajarn.com's duty to present both sides of the equation. Thanks for stopping by.
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