Tales from My Classroom

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

Surprising Things I Miss and Don’t Miss

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

English Class – Where Everything is Made Up and the Grades Don’t Matter

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

Elephant Encounter in Nam Nao Park

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