Stephen Louw

Stephen Louw

Classroom management muscle

Lessons from Arnie in Kindergarten Cop


Let us spend this blog investigating the question of classroom management. To do so, I'd like to use a visual example from a movie, something we can all relate to in some way.

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Richard Constable

Richard Constable

A blissful situation

Building the home of my dreams in Thailand


The bungalow will consist of two bedrooms, one en-suite, the main bathroom, a kitchen, and a decent sized living/dining room. It will be 150 square meters including a carport, and should work out at 2,200,000 baht; 50,000 pounds.

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Walter van der Wal

Walter van der Wal

Shopping around for health insurance

Five questions that teachers should be asking


TEFL Course News

TEFL Course News

September 2018

All the latest news and offers from Thailand's leading TEFL courses


Fancy doing a teacher training course in Thailand? Then take a look at our monthly round-up of what's happening at TEFL courses in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, etc.

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Bangkok Phil

Bangkok Phil

Ajarn's top ten blogs

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Richard McCully

Richard McCully

Teach in Thailand - the ultimate gap year

Why Thailand would make a fantastic choice for your year off.


A year spent teaching here in Thailand can be a valuable experience. The real-world skills you’ll learn will be useful. The friends you make will help you through the tough times and lifetime bonds can be forged

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall

A very stubborn teacher

When another teacher gets in the way of you doing your job.


I walked in and smiled at the 50-something Thai teacher, who was a pretty big guy. He sneered at me and returned to the whiteboard. Feeling rather non-plussed I retreated and waited politely outside.

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Stephen Saad

Stephen Saad

The key to learning Thai

Listening and speaking – it’s that simple!


Get out there and listen and you will hear real Thai. Speak, make mistakes, be embarrassed, humiliated and come out of the process much, much stronger.

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FIRE in Thailand

FIRE in Thailand

What does your retirement from teaching look like?

There's no excuse not to invest and plan.


Planning for retirement doesn't have to be complicated. All you have to do is spend less than you make and invest the difference for the long-term. That's it. I know you are thinking that's easier said than done, but start small.

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Mark Newman

Mark Newman

Change your mind.....set!

Know what to expect if you decide to visit Thailand


I have some relatives coming over next March. With that in mind, I have put together a few ideas so the thing called 'culture shock' doesn't hit them (or you) too directly between the eyes and ruin their trip

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Steve Catchpole

Steve Catchpole

Peter and Nadine

When teaching careers end before they've even started.


Although teaching in Thailand can sound like one big adventure, I'm convinced that some people are not really built to leave home. Teaching in Thailand is just not for them. It's too much of a leap into the unknown.

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Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Moving on

The lives we teachers touch and the impact we have.


There are always those days that make you wonder what it is you’re doing with your life, but I would argue there are few professions that can allow a person to make so many direct contributions to the lives of others.

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John V

John V

The Rise and Fall of the Pattaya Empire

How times have changed for Thailand's favourite seaside resort


My dear Pattaya; I don’t know whether to feel sympathy for you, or applaud your growing older gracefully, just like ourselves.

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Mark Brown

Mark Brown

An undeserved promotion

Foreign teachers are powerless to stop problem students advancing


Last year in my P1 class I encountered a student named Oat (not his real name). Within minutes of meeting this child it was apparent that he had some sort of behavioral problem. He was extremely active, running from room to room, disrupting classes throughout the whole school. The other teachers tried to control him but it was close to impossible.

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Mickey Sheehan

Mickey Sheehan

New term conversations

Eavesdropping on the first day of term


Steve Schertzer

Steve Schertzer

Children of the March

The nightmare that is American public education.


I am grateful that I am now living in Thailand and can watch the downfall and eventual collapse of Western Civilization from half a world away.

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Matthew Pape

Matthew Pape

The worst type of foreigner

Why bash other people's lifestyles and situations?


I live in a closet with no air-con and a fan. I live off of a diet of air, water and noodles. Sure, I can't afford to travel, save for retirement, get my own place and I haven't seen my family for years because I can't afford a ticket to go home and visit them, but I am living the Thai lifestyle man!

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James Humphries

James Humphries

Be honest with yourself

Every teacher has made mistakes - including you!


I've read many teaching blogs down the years and I generally enjoy hearing about other people's experiences. However there is one thing I'd like to see more of - honesty

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Adam Crittenden

Adam Crittenden

The benefits of working in an after-school language centre

Extra cash and more teaching experience for starters!


Teaching at an after-school has been a worthwhile experience. If you are willing to build your endurance and self-discipline then you will gain the rewards of more experience and some extra cash to boot.

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