Help urgently required

Sent in by Jojo Tiger

1st March 2013

I'm a teacher at the end of my tether with the situation I currently find myself in.

Things I’d do differently

How am I going to get the best out of my students next term?

15th February 2013

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

13th February 2013

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

9th January 2013

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

4th January 2013

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

26th December 2012

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

26th December 2012

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

26th December 2012

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?

11th December 2012

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

3rd December 2012

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

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