Just an update.
I have been teaching here for slightly more than 2 months, and more or less, already culturally assimilated. Although their system here is really no system at all, I have been able to work my way around things and dodge the unnecessary arrows.
By God’s grace, my efforts for the past 2 months have been recognized and I will be getting a small pay increment next month. However the school has also requested that I stretch myself a bit more and conduct some extra classes to help the weaker students.
There was a particular incident when I was informed at the very last minute to stand in for a Secondary 3 class. The class starts at 3:30pm but I was informed at 3:50pm that the teacher is unavailable and I had to stand in. “Just teach a simple lesson,” I was instructed.
All my materials are for Primary 3-6. I have no lesson material and no lesson plan to use for this Secondary 3 class. I spent 2 minutes to do a quick Google search for some simple grammar lessons and off I went into the classroom. This is my first time standing in front of a group of 15 year olds. I was too used to little kids who would sit down and keep quiet obediently.
Sure there was a bunch of notorious boys who were sitting at the back of the class and paid no attention to me, but the girls who sat in front were better. Though they were also talking half the time, they copied down whatever I wrote on the board and also took note of the various grammar rules.
At the end of the class, one of the girls approached me and asked in Thai, “Can you teach us?”
I thought she meant it casually, but I later learnt that the class doesn’t like their current English teacher and preferred my teaching, even though they’ve just met me for 35 minutes.
While I’m confident that I am probably able to prepare a better lesson with advance notice, I am not sure if taking more than what I can handle will eventually wear me out.
But I guess you can safely say that I am enjoying what I am currently doing.