|Matyom 1 :)|
|M1 so freaking cute|
|Matyom 4 goofballs|
|Umbrellas....for the rain....chaaah right.|
Bob's Brief "Butt In"
In a way, this is a good thing; it tests my ability to switch gears at any given point in time. When that first paper airplane flies across the room, I know that the clock is ticking and I need to do something fast. If my current banter were to continue, I could quickly find myself in a gauntlet of Yu-Gi-Oh Card flinging; drooling, sleepy kids scattered throughout the room, and teenage Thai shrieks reverberating down the halls that one would assume may be alarming to a passerby (in all reality, episodes like the one described above are frequent at Tha Bo).
It gets tiring creating lesson plans with no general direction or experience four times per week, but I would much rather do that than teach out of the book. For some people, it may be a feasible way to teach - for me and my Thai students, it is not the code that will crack the safe. Thai students have great energy and are amazing people, but they need teachers who are going to be like a fly buzzing English into their ears even when they try to swat them away. Initially, they will push away, but hopefully with persistence and determination (that kind of sounds a bit like a description used in a Gatorade ad - my apologies), they the will understand the importance of what we are trying to teach them.
According to a very interesting article I recommend reading:
"On the 2010 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Thailand ranked 116th out of 163 countries."
The article goes on to talk about how Thai students are not unintelligent, they are just afraid of speaking English. Our biggest challenge will be to to rid these students of their silly English phobias. Back to you Em.
|Watch out for these guys!|
|I am a bit jealous of the bow ties.|
As my admirable and wise cooperating teachers from Oyster River High School would often remind me in my dark and dreary times of lesson-floppage: Teaching is a rollercoaster – especially in the early years: when you and your lessons and your students succeed, your highs are euphoric; when they don’t, it’s a very low low. That’s exactly how I envision this rollercoaster of a year to go, and I’m am comforted in remembering that it is this way for many, if not all, new teachers. Even the really amazing ones. So thank you, Kate and Trevor, for all you have taught me about teaching – and, of course, about lots of other things too :)
|Nat and Bowling :)|
|A little glimpse of our town|
|Send us a letter, why don't ya|
|ThaBo's Chinese teacher from China, Jamily!|
|The award I gave my students for Farthest Airplane Throw|
|Where Morning Ceremony takes place|
|Check out this motorbike gang|
|Jackfruit that grows in our yard|
|Teacher Day woooo!|
|This is our bike!|
|This photo is deceiving - I don't actually drive it. But I'll learn. Check back tomorrow.|
|Jamily, New, and Nat :)|
|Me, Phil, Steve, Brooke, and Alice|
|In Thai, this is called a "Woo-ahhh," which in English, translates to "Cow"|