Things I’d do differently
How am I going to get the best out of my students next term?
It's the last week of school, and I find myself thinking of ways to conduct my classes better than I have during this term. It's not that I think I've done a poor job, but I know there's always room for improvement. Besides, I'd hate to get bored; a bored teacher equals bored students. Bored students don't learn.
Beyond speaking day
Activities to get your students talking
My school director asked me to organise an English Speaking Day in our school. When I implemented the idea, my director was overwhelmed by its impact on students' interest and English language development.
Aiming high for o-net
Changes that should be made in preparing students for the o-net
February 2, 2013 is the date for the O-net examination in Thailand (Ordinary National Education Test). This is the day that level 6 and 9 students' are assessed in their proficiency in all subjects. That's why nowadays all Thai schools prepare intensively to improve their students' performance.
Laugh and be happy
Sent in by DJ
Try to apply the advice offered to you by experienced staff. Try to empathize with the different groups of students rather than to each individual student.
Earning student respect
Sent in by Benito Vacio
I have learned one thing in getting the respect of my students. I've been teaching them for nearly three years and I was surprised that I got their respect only the day after I reviewed them in O-Net.
Take heart, the schools are out there
Sent in by Michael
Unfortunately, the schools with the most vacancies are the schools that have some problems with student (and sometimes teacher) motivation and discipline)
At the end of my tether
Sent in by Steven
The problem I encounter with almost every class, is a lack of respect, plus attention, demonstrated by the students
Government or private school?
Which one comes out on top for a teacher?
I have to remember that I can't just do things for anyone who asks, else I'll bleed dry in a hurry. I'm bad about always agreeing to do things, even if they cost me time and money to do so. There's a point where you must say no, like it or not.
Mid-term prep and a week in review
You have to go with the flow in Thailand
Here's another example of why you must roll with the tides here in Thailand, too. I spent a good two hours making a 40-question midterm for my Mathayom 2 class. My paperwork shows that the M2 class I have is divided into Science 1 and Science 2, but the curriculum is identical for both
Thais and speaking English
Sent in by Steve
In Thailand they have a genuine disinterest to talk and communicate with foreigners. They're generally not eager to learn about other cultures. They are closed. Why? who knows. Maybe its because its a big country that houses everything that you'll ever need in your lifetime.
BA (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
Filipino (male, 26 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
Canadian (male, 48 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Syrian (male, 23 years old, native Arabic speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), BA (1)
British (male, 26 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 23 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (11), BSc (1)
British (male, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 34 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.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
American (male, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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