Top Poster: aging one
» Welcome to This Is Thailand - The Ajarn Forum
Established in 2000 with continuous archives since 2004, we are one of the oldest forums in Thailand.
We are best known for being a "Teaching in Thailand" forum, though we have attracted all walks of life through the years.
If you have linked here from Ajarn.com, please note that This Is Thailand a separate organisation to them, and that neither site has any control over the other, nor does it endorse opinions or comments made on the respective sites.
If you have any questions about content or services about Ajarn.com please contact them on the links found on their site. Only contact This is Thailand staff about content found on the domain Ajarnforum.net.
The owner of This IS Thailand does not necessarily endorse or support any comments made by it's users. Being a member of This Is Thailand is subject to agreement that you follow all rules and instructions by moderators. This Is Thailand can discontinue your membership at any time for any reason.
This is Thailand is now run from the UK, but as it's principal topic is Thailand we request that you read the rules before posting.
Thai libel laws are very strict. Please do not create legal problems for yourself by treating this site as a name and shame service. This includes naming school's, teachers, agencies, course providers, law firms, and any other Thailand based business. Please note that Thailand law can perceive ANY negative opinion publically stated as libel. This can then be taken both to criminal and civil prosecution with very little warning given. Both the site owner and the poster can be subject to such action.
We are also fairly conservative in terms of being a site that we want teachers to be able to enjoy at work in schools in Thailand and so operate a strict "Safe For Work" images policy.
Please exercise extreme discretion when discussing the Royal Family in Thailand and be respectful to the Lese Majeste laws.
Nov 30, 2013 - 7:44 PM - by Teddy B
Nov 30, 2013 - 4:45 PM - by Joko
Engaged in a bit of political tourism, as it were. Spent the morning at the red shirt rally at Rajamangala Stadium. Jumped on a river boat to Democracy Monument and spent the afternoon (until the camera battery died... dummy me, I only brought one!) at Ratchadamnoen hanging with the yellow shirts (who seem to dress in black now).
Both sites were huge, full of people wearing the same colored shirts and passionate. They also reminded me a bit of state fairs. Lotsa folks selling stuff. To be fair and unbiased, I bought t-shirts and trinkets from both sides. Video at 11.
Of note, on my way back home, I first had to retrieve my motocy from where I'd parked it near Ramkhamhaeng. Passing Ram U and the site of the red rally again, I saw that hundreds of them had begun walking down Ram itself. Scores more were getting into pick up trucks with red flags festooned to them. Looks like they were going somewhere. Hmmm... Interesting times.
Nov 23, 2013 - 6:58 PM - by Joko
Let me briefly describe how my school organizes the curriculum for our Instensive English Program. Those in IEP get two to three hours of English instruction every day. For M-4 and above, it's exclusively with NES teachers (with Thai assistant teachers). As you might expect, each of those three hours a day covers different aspects of the language: speaking, writing, reading, grammar, what have you. Each is taught by a different NES teacher.
Now, I'm not criticizing this set up, but I did get to wondering today how our approach may lack integration. I know it's called intensive for a reason, but maybe there's a better way to handle 11 hours a week of English training than having it be taught by four different teachers. Are we trying to cram too much into their brains from too many different angles? I've noticed just through staffroom conversations that on occasion, there are convergences of assignments. Ajarn Tom, Dick and Harry have all assigned projects, essays or presentations and they're all due on the same Friday. Then there's the fact that we don't know all that much about what each of the other teachers are teaching. Wouldn't it be great if I could say "Remember that word that Ajarn Tom taught you last week? It's related to this new word I'm teaching you now in this way," or "Do you see how sentence two of paragraph three of our reading today uses the past conditional tense that Ajarn Harry is teaching you this week?".
One way to achieve that integration would be to have one teacher two to three hours a day, all week. Maintain the division in curriculum between courses, but have it all come from the same teacher. It would make possible the... [Read More]
Nov 29, 2013 - 7:48 AM - by omlagus
This is what my sons school director did to him..... Did not ask or tell him to get his hair cut like his teacher's have done in the past.
I think it's "F***ing Disgusting"!!!
What should can I, and what should I do about this?
What do you think? - General topics - Thailand Forum
[attachment=242833:1450190_10152073132998659_810797 471_n.jpg][attachment=242834:1453322_10152073132533659_194609 2476_n.jpg][attachment=242835:1454958_10152073132183659_164394 6207_n.jpg][attachment=242836:1455916_10152073131533659_204481 40_n.jpg][attachment=242837:1469914_10152073131153659_139597 2137_n.jpg]
I have been doing this all wrong. A fucking Canadian taxpayer with nothing to show for.
So my gf took a cake baking course. One day course which cost her 4,500 baht. I went with her just to see what it is and the place was in one of those 1000 baht a month rental buildings - ghetto.
There were 4 students that day.
I asked this hot milf teacher a little about the business and she told me she has these classes twice a week (so So.....144,000 right there) plus private students.... let's say another 100k a month, otherwise I don't think she would bother. Plus she sells her cakes to cafes and restaurants.
I think she easily makes 300k a month.
.... and her cakes aren't that great, tbh
I am just pissed off at myself and my poor business acumen.
After 16 years of teaching, I've decided that this school year will be my last. I've been offered a position at a resort at Grand Canyon, AZ., a job I held years ago, before I started teaching. Been a fun ride, with 4 years in Thailand, 2 in Japan, and the past 10 (fuck me, where did the time go!?) here in Kuwait. I know there's a part of me that is going to miss it, but a bigger part of me cannot wait to get back to the U.S. And an even bigger part of me that knows, for the sake of my kids, I've gotta get home.
Dec 05, 2013 - 2:01 PM - by Joko
The trouble with quibbles!
The thread to post very minor quibbles about your job.
(Just the little stuff that would make your lazy life better if they went away or actually happened!)
Well, we all have 'em so I'll share mine...
1 - The fingerprint machine that we use to clock on is running on DOS, I think, because it takes bloody ages to get going! Usually I just skip the whole thing and bugger off upstairs!
2 - If I arrive at work before 8 AM, the policeman who stops and starts traffic outside the school gates always saves me the best parking space. But he clocks off at bang on 8 o'clock so if I come to work after that time I have to find somewhere else to park if that place isn't empty.
3 - There's no soap in the loos!Hmmm...
I can't think of any more quibbles at the moment!
Dec 02, 2013 - 12:03 AM - by Joko
Ah... Remember snow days? I dunno if our European compatriots got these. Australians & South Africans certainly didn't (does it ever snow in South Africa?). Might happen in New Zealand. For Canadians, it would be just another day. For a lot of Americans, school closings for snow days were wondrous & rare events pitting man versus nature wherein man admits to a cautious defeat to the elements; the winners were the kids. They don't have to go to school on the days where the snow is so bad that going anywhere becomes inherently dangerous.
Reminds of what's going on in Bangkok right now. Replace snow with political turmoil, and we're in the same place.
My classes have been cancelled tomorrow. The students can, and should, stay home. Teachers, on the other hand, have to report to school. What kind of snow day is this? Sure, we get paid and the students don't, but if any protesters come to 'occupy' my gov't school, I'm leaving.
Nov 26, 2013 - 10:36 AM - by markle
anybody got any other interesting numbers that have occurred….
Thai PM survives no-confidence measure in parliament amid opposition protests
From Kocha Olarn, CNN
November 28, 2013 -- Updated 0410 GMT (1210 HKT)
Thailand PM survives no confidence voteSTORY HIGHLIGHTS
- NEW: Thai PM Yingluck survives no-confidence motion in Thailand's parliament
- Thousands of protesters have gathered outside government offices in recent days
- They want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government to step down
Are you in Thailand? Send us your pictures and experiences but please stay safe.
Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survived a... [Read More]
Nov 22, 2013 - 9:36 PM - by Joko
You know that little metal ring which is supposed to snap off the booze bottle's lid when you twist it? Hangs there on the neck after you screw off the lid... That little thing? Well, the one on my bottle of Hong Thong didn't separate when I twisted. Now, I just turn and turn the lid and it goes nowhere! No amount of gripping it while trying to turn the lid does anything! I can't open it!!
This is a drinking problem!
I don't own a pair of pliers, but I do have a hammer...
Any of you have experience with this?
This is a follow up to a thread I started a few years ago. I'm wondering if it's easier to apply for a green card for the Mrs. while you're living abroad, or while living in the U.S.
Dec 04, 2013 - 5:19 PM - by tnyein
Secondary English Teacher wanted for an International School in Yangon, Myanmar
Requirements: native English speaker
undergraduate degree or higher preferably in English
familiarity with IGCSE desired.
The school provides a spacious furnished apartment for free and daily shuttle bus between school and home.
Monthly pay is US$1500 tax free
The apartment rent is equivalent to approx. $1000
Interim appointment from January to April. Then (1)year renewable contract from May 1914 to April 2015
Contract will be for (1) year renewable.
Position starts in first week of January,2014
Please send letter and CV to :firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (66) 0821928702
A little life imitating art......
Paul Walker, the edgy action hero with all-American good looks who became an international star with "The Fast & the Furious" movie franchise, has died in a fiery car collision in Southern California. He was 40 years old.
The sad news was confirmed Saturday night by Walker's camp via the actor's official Twitter account.
It's with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident...MORE: http://t.co/9hDuJMH99M - #TeamPW
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013
According to the statement put out by Walker's team and also posted on Facebook, the actor was "attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car.
"We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement continued. "Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences."
The identity of the second victim, a male, has not been released by authorities; but numerous reports have identified the driver as Roger Rodas, the owner of Walker's auto-racing team,... [Read More]
» Sponsored Links
» Recent Threads
( 1 2
3rd December 2013 14:38
3rd December 2013 22:42
16 Replies 427 Views
( 1 2
2nd December 2013 23:17
3rd December 2013 18:47
15 Replies 326 Views