Sam Thompson

Straight from the student's mouth

Asking for end-of-term student feedback

At the end of each semester, I ask my students to write down one thing they liked about class, one thing they didn't like, and one thing that they think I should do better. Generally, I can get the feel for this sort of thing, but being the democratic kind of teacher I am [hahaha], I feel like getting the students' anonymous input is a good thing too.

Of course, these being kids aged 11-14, I get the usual "no more homework" and "play more games" more often than not. Still, a few of the comments I get are quite entertaining to say the least. I thought I'd note a few of them for any of you needing a little entertainment just before the next Thai school calendar begins. I'll keep the writing exactly as my ESL students wrote it.

Things you like:

"I like your teach it's funny >_<"
"I hope to study with you again. I love you byeee. I promise I will be a good girl." (obviously from a trouble maker)
"I like teacher same [Sam] like you very cute. I love your sound just like eee-dabee, wish you happy" (Ha, your guess is as good as mine...)
"I like everything and candy!!!" (well-put!)

Things you don't like:

"I don't like science but you make me enjoy"

Things Teacher Sam should do better:

"Make [two students] be quite [quiet] going loud in this class!" (Apparently the class clowns got on this little guy's nerves, haha)
"Have more game and candy but I think I don't want anything else because you are very best teacher in my hart" (aaw!)
"More and more candy--------!" (this was a common complaint)

Obviously, these kids crack me up. But my favorite one comes from a guy in Mathayom 3 who is smart as a whip, but has the motivation of a sloth. That is, until the last unit of the year, hence his note:

"1) I liked to study Astronomy in your class. 2) I don't like to study about other thing that's not Astronomy. 3) Teach more astronomy."

Sure, there are days in a teacher's life that make us wonder why we bother with it at all. Sure, there are kids that we'd love nothing more than to have sent off to boarding school. But to me, getting comments and feedback like this after a year or two together makes it all worth it.


I don`t really approve of this method, it comes across as a weakness in the teacher,
giving students as young as 11 to 14 the right to assess you is wrong,
in my opinion of course,

By Slickchick, Bkk (27th May 2014)

Great article as always, Mr. Thompson; I think I'll adopt this practice as well - 20 years teaching and always willing to learn something new!! :)

By M.Ed., Surin (14th May 2014)

Only truly confident teachers can do this!

By EJ, (13th May 2014)

WOW! What an interesting and informative article!

Keep up the good work Sam!

By Van Gogh, The Art Gallery (8th May 2014)

Post your comment

Comments are moderated and will not appear instantly.

Featured Jobs

NES English Teachers

฿40,000+ / month


Essay Editor, Writing Coach, IELTS/SAT/GMAT Tutor

฿50,000+ / month


ESL Teachers

฿33,000+ / month


Teacher Assistant for Kindergarten and Primary

฿20,000+ / month

Chon Buri

NES Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

฿50,000+ / month

Chon Buri

Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

฿50,000+ / month

Chiang Mai

Featured Teachers

  • Patrick

    Filipino, 33 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Barry

    Australian, 59 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Oghenefega

    Nigerian, 32 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Md

    Bangladeshi, 32 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Bhekani

    South African, 31 years old. Currently living in South Africa

  • Jason

    American, 51 years old. Currently living in Thailand

The Hot Spot

The Region Guides

The Region Guides

Fancy working in Thailand but not in Bangkok? Our region guides are written by teachers who actually live and work in the provinces.

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.

Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

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

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.

The cost of living

The cost of living

How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.

The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

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

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.

Air your views

Air your views

Got something to say on the topic of teaching, working or living in Thailand? The Ajarn Postbox is the place. Send us your letters!