Those first time teaching nerves

How not to prepare for your very first class

I’ve read about how some of you love this work whilst others almost sneer at the very suggestion that we teach for the love of it. This is just a short recollection of how I really failed to prepare for what was one of the most challenging jobs of my life.


Memories - good and bad

Casting my mind back to a government school I taught at years ago

Part of our family holiday was to be spent in Kalasin so I decided to reach out to my ex-colleagues and see how they were. Truth be told, I was also curious to learn about the school and if my replacements had been successful or not.


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.


Job-hunting in North-East Thailand

Well, job-hunting and snake-hunting to be exact.

So the morning of all mornings finally arrived and it was time for me to become a teacher; a giver of knowledge, a mentor; all of these things. Who was I trying to kid?


Entertainer or educator?

And somehow smiling through the pain while trying to teach a class of 50 kids

I was forced to wear sandals for at least a week as my poor toe needed some pressure-relief in which to heal properly. As I limped into each classroom, the 50 or so kids would all notice my footwear and the large bandage on my toe. But not one student smirked or laughed.


What about smalltown Isaan?

Postbox letter from James

I don't understand all this fuss about older teachers not being able to find work here. What about Isaan?


Showing 6 tagged items out of 6 total Page 1 of 1



Featured Jobs

Teachers for Immediate or May 2020 Start

฿35,000+ / month

Thailand


English Teachers for Adults / Kids/ Kindergarten

฿105,000+ / month

China


English, Science, ICT and Math Teachers

฿30,000+ / month

Bangkok


English, Science, Math and Kindergarten Teachers

฿40,300+ / month

Thailand


Teachers for Intensive English Program (April 2020)

฿35,300+ / month

Thailand


Online English Teachers

฿725+ / hour

Online


Featured Teachers

  • Cecil


    French, 37 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Ruth


    Filipino, 37 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Sherie


    Filipino, 42 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Linda


    Filipino, 21 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Anand


    Thai, 44 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Natacha


    South African, 27 years old. Currently living in China

The Hot Spot


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.


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 ajarn.com and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?


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?


Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

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


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Walter van der Wal from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.