My 5/10s are a challenge. 5 means Mattayom 5, which means grade 11. 10 means their ranked 10th. Out of 10. There’s only a dozen of them but they take the most energy. The boys like to skip, which makes teaching easier, but then they fail everything. My co-teacher had to wrangle them to class. And every class I have a story. The boys finally … Continue reading Tales from My Classroom
After the obvious, missing my family and friends and not missing cold, snow, and short days, I have been surprised by what I truly miss and don’t miss. I miss… Pots of coffee was the first thing I truly missed, but this soon faded. I’m used to having a coffee with breakfast or first thing at work, and have access to coffee throughout the day. … Continue reading Surprising Things I Miss and Don’t Miss
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First off, I’m ok. I got expletive-inducing road rash, but am otherwise fine. Ever since my colleague bit it on his bike and filleted his palm, I have been more cautious on my bike. But maybe not cautious enough. I had a job interview in Chiang Mai, so I was doing the 45 minute highway ride to the bus terminal in Lom Sak. I did … Continue reading I crashed my bike, sorry Dad
My class is as structured as an improv game. I’m not saying it as a good thing or a bad thing, but just as a fact. My goal is to teach conversational English (the Thai English teachers focus on grammar and writing). My textbook provides the topics, but not much in the way of conversation. There are listening activities on a CD that I can … Continue reading English Class – Where Everything is Made Up and the Grades Don’t Matter
Of the eight foreign teachers with scooters at my school, seven of them have crashed their bikes – all in single vehicle collisions. Injuries have ranged from bruised egos to a broken collar bone, requiring surgery. A few weeks ago I picked up my colleague from his daily check-up at the hospital. He crashed his bike and split open his hand, which got stitched up … Continue reading Bike Safety
Xin Nian Kuai Le! And Gung Hay Fat Choy to everyone back home. The Mandarin teachers and their students have been preparing for the Chinese New Year celebration for weeks. Costumes, props, and signs have been spilling out of the office. Today was a blur of red. The celebrations starts off with the Lion Dance, and the lion is fed red envelopes. Next came the … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year!
Nam Nao National Park is a day trip I have been meaning to talk. From Phetchabun, it’s a 45 minute ride to Lom Sak, and another 75 minutes through the mountains to the centre of the park. It’s a fairly straight ride down a single-lane highway until you get into the mountains. Then it’s an easy curvy road up. Signs say “Beware of the Elephants” … Continue reading Elephant Encounter in Nam Nao Park