Don't come to Thailand if this makes you mad

You've got to roll with the punches

Things are very spur of the moment in South East Asia. You hardly ever hear about things until the last possible second. There is nothing you can do about it.


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


Teachers standards are dropping at my school

Postbox letter from Dave

Who'd want to be entrusted with finding teachers now? It must be impossible


Online teaching saved my life

What would I have done without it?

How having more than one source of income, in this case an online tutoring job, saved my ass during cancer treatment.


The uphill fight to make a difference.

There are many obstacles in your way that you can do almost nothing about.

There are lots of good reasons why teachers are struggling to get the job done and the good news is that none of them are your fault!


The management is a nightmare

Postbox letter from Qualified Teacher

I've been working at a Thai government school for three months and the foreign teachers feel like they are tolerated, not wanted.


Getting the kids hooked young!

My goal is to not frighten the lives out of my students

I'm stepping back from the serious, academic approach and working on making my classes something that kids look forward to - even if they aren't learning as much.


The DoS by default

What can happen when your director of studies is a clueless foreigner

I've worked under four foreigners. The first one was fantastic. A fully qualified teacher with his own business who really wanted to be the best. The thing I liked the most about him was his honesty. The next three were just terrible people.


Back to reality

The thoughts of a returning expat

My biggest fear is that things may have changed so much that my skills will be inadequate and I will be overlooked in favor of people who have spent their time investing in themselves while I, in the eyes of a potential employer, have been messing around in Asia for the last seven years.


Talk your problems through

Postbox letter from Simon

I worked with an overweight guy before. The kids would often mention his weight. It got him down and I felt bad for him. He wasn't the most confident or assertive fellow in the world, so I told him that he ever needs to chat, come and chat.


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