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Hi Everyone! It’s been awhile. The past few weeks have been busy but not in an adventurous way. My students are finishing up different subjects randomly and I’m testing and grading worksheets and workbooks far more often than my first few weeks. Busy is good though! The past two weekends I’ve stayed in Chachoengsao and relaxed; but, I started to feel like time was slipping away and before you know it, I’d be back home in California wishing I did more while I was in Thailand. So, I planned a quick trip to Ayutthaya for the weekend. Continue reading
It was my first week teaching at a new school and my kids are CRAZY! They have so much energy, so much excitement, and their eagerness to learn is adorable. I taught in the classroom Monday-Wednesday and was told I needed to chaperone/teach at the overnight English camp for the P1 (1st grade) English Program students Thursday-Friday.
What a weekend! I moved to Chachoengsao at the beginning of the week to teach at a new school. Originally, I was placed in Nonthaburi to teach high school science. Funny story – I do not have any qualifications to teach science. It wasn’t conversational science either (is science ever conversational? I HAVE NO IDEA! I don’t understand the subject at all!). I took one science class in college. I was a senior in a freshman chemistry class. If that helps you understand how little I actually know about the subject. Anyway, it was obvious I was uncomfortable and I told the school that I felt I was not a good fit for who they needed as their foreign English teacher. It was a hard departure as I really liked my students, the school, and my Thai family. However, I knew it was not the right place for me. So, I moved! Continue reading
On my first day teaching at Triamudomsuksa Pattanakarn I met a woman in the teachers lounge who spoke very little English. We were able to understand that she wanted her children to be tutored after school every day of the week and on weekends. Normally, I would be like, “woah, lady! I need a day to recharge myself and relax!” But I just couldn’t say no to this sweet woman. Also, I didn’t really know what I signed up for.
My last two days in Hua Hin have been nothing short of insane! A mix of good and bad insane. Our group was hosting an English Language Camp at a local school for two days – Thursday and Friday. This school does not have a western English teacher; however, they have thai teachers teaching English classes. Pronunciation is not perfect, so our entire job was to focus on pronunciation… oh and classroom management. These children are WILD!