Geoff Richards

Magazines with class part two

What I've learned from a school magazine project

Well, I've been going through a truly interesting and thoroughly enjoyable learning curve since I last blogged on this subject.

And what has topped it all off for me is the surprising ease this potentially challenging project has been thus far.

Here's what I learned from issue #1.

Full colour publications are the only way to go. They stand out a mile on notice boards and I could see this from the numbers of students gathered around the publication during the first week of its arrival.

They also stand up remarkably well to the moist conditions of rainy season as long as they're not too exposed.

Dog-eared copies are a good sign that the magazine is being read school-wide.

Missing copies are not signs of anything negative. Quite the opposite; they're a sign of popularity: meaning that one should replace them as quickly as possible.

My five groups are still new to this but their eyes lit up when they saw the first issue and I could see that it gave them a sense of civic pride. As it should have done!

At this embryonic stage, I still have to make myself extremely clear about what formats I want content handed to me in, and especially when.

Here's what I'm going to do with issue #2.

I cautioned students that I only wanted to see positive content. They looked at me gone out. One particularly strong speaker told me that she refused to go and waste her time reviewing shops that are of no interest to her!

The group that had the most difficult task, relating a Thai joke in English, came up with by far the best response: draw it in a comic book format.

I helped them to correct grammar and spelling and made sure that all nine of them could verbally relate the joke to me, first of all supported and then unsupported.

I'm so pleased with and proud of them, that I'm going to dedicate the entire next issue to their brilliant contribution.

And that means that I now already have more than enough content at my disposal for issue #3 (from the contributions of the other four groups).

Right, I'm off for a walk in the park. See you in part 3.


Thanks, Philip.

I have access to a colour printer in my office.

After totting up where the most visible noticeboards were, I initially ran off 15 copies of a 3-sheeter.

I had to replenish 5 sites during the first week.


This project is excellent for special learning groups. (Something I believe the MoE is keen to increase at the M4 to 6 levels... I have to take great care of an objectives-based record system for this class, for example).

Would I introduce this in to my mainstream classes?

Not in a million years! (I've got 14 classes that average about 40 students per class and I want to maintain the focus purely on conversation).

By Geoff Richards, Isaan (13th August 2012)

Sounds like it's going well Geoff. Well done to you sir!
Just out of interest, does producing it as a full-color magazine make it prohibitively expensive if you needed to produce a large quantity. Or can you cove the costs with a small cover charge?

By philip, (13th August 2012)

Post your comment

Comments are moderated and will not appear instantly.

Featured Jobs

Fun Native English Teachers for May Start

฿42,000+ / month


Math & Science Teachers for April 2021 Start

฿40,300+ / month


Experienced Primary and Kindergarten Teachers

฿48,000+ / month


Full-time Native English Teachers

฿47,500+ / month


Primary Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

฿40,000+ / month

Chiang Mai

Math, Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Astronomy Teachers

฿80,000+ / month


Featured Teachers

  • Eva

    Polish, 44 years old. Currently living in Spain

  • Shaheena

    South African, 38 years old. Currently living in South Africa

  • Sonia

    Filipino, 34 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Ed

    American, 63 years old. Currently living in USA

  • Benjamin

    American, 29 years old. Currently living in USA

  • Gugu

    South African, 26 years old. Currently living in South Africa

The Hot Spot

The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?

Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?

Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Ricky Batten from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.

Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.

Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?

Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.

Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.