Regaining control of your classroom

Some discipline tips for when things start to go pear-shaped

The famous yellow and red card system is often a winner. Get some coloured cards and every time a student is bad, present them with a yellow card, football-style. Two yellows equal a red and a punishment. Works especially well in all-boy schools.


Little hope for a teacher in lockdown

Postbox letter from Jasmine

I don’t want to go home but if I have to because of the lack of work, it will be the ultimate defeat and one I will not cope at all well with.


A reluctance to question the teacher

Postbox letter from Sophie

I've found one of the most challenging aspects of being a new teacher in Thailand is the students' reluctance to ask questions in class.


The class A and B new norm

Is it going to work well or is the system doomed to fail?

Teachers were told that the standard programme student classes, that each consist of thirty-odd students, would be split into approximate halves and each group would now only study at the school on alternative days.


Testing times

How is the COVID-19 situation affecting schools and teachers?

Thailand is now in the middle of the Coronavirus 'third wave' and infection numbers are not showing much sign of improvement, however, the new school term will still go ahead on June 14th


Think about what students you want to teach!

Are you the serious, lecturer type or do you enjoy clowning around?

New teachers in Thailand often give plenty of thought to where they want to teach and how much money they want to make. But strangely, one question few teachers seem to ask themselves seriously is what kind of students they will be happy with.


The dreaded Summer break

Six weeks means just far too much time on my hands

When I tell people back home how long I get off they think it’s some sort of perfect dream. However, there’s a certain length of time for a perfect holiday. Six weeks is way too long in my opinion.


Problems that foreign teachers face here

Postbox letter from Josh

It just seems to me that the problems teachers face always come down to common narratives.


Bye, bye Thailand

When poor evaluation strategy and lack of communication mean one thing - the exit door

I have taught at five schools in Thailand and only ONE has let me finish the semester and given me a recommendation letter. I've had enough of this place to be honest.


What's a foreign teacher's contract worth?

What happens when your teacher agency won't pay up!

We were contracted to be paid for the full month of September but we were being told that our last day at the school was September 16, 2016. Something was rotten in the Kingdom of Thailand - it was like we were having our arses kicked out of a job too early.


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