I honestly do not have much teaching experience.
The only training I have formally received from MOE was just a 3-day training before I was sent out to various primary schools.
I was told that I would receive some form of training here, especially since the Thai education system is very different from what I was used to. However, most of what I have learnt here are through my own experiences, through trial and error, through finding out what works and what doesn’t.
The school regularly sends the students out for various competitions. Dancing competitions, singing competitions, sports competitions, speech competitions, whatever competitions that you can think of.
I have never participated in any kind of competition when I was in primary and secondary school, but I was given the opportunity to train a few students for their speech contest. I drafted their speeches and corrected their pronunciations. I have no idea how the other schools would fare in such competitions because this is also my first time and I am clueless about the current standards.
I guess God has His own way of making things work. On the day of the speech competition, as I watched how students from the other schools gave their speeches, I felt a bit intimidated. While their speeches weren’t perfect because of grammatical errors, their pronunciations were clear and crisp. I could instantly point out a few other students who fared better than mine.
Nonetheless, as we waited for the results of the competition, I thought to myself that this would probably be a good experience for all of us.
However, when the results came in, the top position for both categories (lower primary + upper primary) were given out to both my students. I was really shocked.
I guess God has a good sense of humor afterall.
This experience encouraged me a lot. I feel like a proud parent to my students.
While Thailand is a place for cheap beer and night entertainment, I am also determined to unleash whatever potential I can squeeze out from my students.
Let’s work hard, but let’s also play hard.