Guy Mandude, it's a gadget IMO. But damned I want one
After working for a year without books I can say that they are the greatest things in the world. I now use books as I don't work for a run down self important government school and they help so much.
Daniel Bedingfield claimed that his new album is what it would sound like if Sting, Stevie Wonder and Micheal Jackson were in a basement together - I haven't got the album so I'll have to imagine the sound of a blind bloke and a Geordie kicking the shit out of a pedophile.
A little off topic; so currently, in order to teach in Thailand, you need to show your original diploma (to prove you hold at least a BA), proof you have taken the cultural course (how do you enroll in one? and how much does it cost?), and a criminal background check from your home country to your employer?
Is this all you need?
I apologize if I am moving this thread toward another direction. I thought I can confirm here instead of starting a new thread.
http://www.ajarnforum.net/vb/975202-post1.html (What should the requirements be for foreign teachers in Thailand?)
This doesn't mean that all schools apply these requirements.
http://www.ajarnforum.net/vb/939629-post5.html (second scan)
It is reported that many Immigration Offices don't ask for it.
Call them for the current prices.
Hope this helped. Cheers,
Recommended: either A)Experience or Some Recognized training in Teaching or if working with children, working with children B)Documented successful experience working with children.
Required: Degree (BA) any subject from a Regionally Approved Institution. (Like Western Assoc. of Schools and Colleges), if working with children a background check either: byPolice, employer, TCT, MOE or a subcontractor approved by one of these: It is real easy in the US. Too much information already exist about everyong.
The basic report costs only $2.95 from an internet souce like: https://find.intelius.com/people-search-ssn.html
EU probably has something similar. I am sure Canada does too. OZ? NZ? SA? If you can't get it this way, you go to the phone and make a few calls. There really is no excuse to keep employing Offenders in Education with all this out there and then have to deal with the knee jerk reactions that the lack of such a process causes for the rest of the teachers here. That is my opinion and 2 cents worth anyway.
By the way the above service costs about $50 for one month, $150 a year, maybe $20 for one time use.
Also I think all people working with children should have a mandatory TB health check every 4 years. Not to fire anyone, just to make sure that schools do not become the major vector of the disease to a population. (Couple it with treatment. Which is usually cheap and effective in early stages.)
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Wow, so you do not need to actually take the class, as long as you pay for it!....how Thai is that!!.....LOL. It reminds me of the health check.
I have taught previously in Thailand for a few years. At the time I was leaving (Jan 2007) they were starting to implement the new requirements. I was curious to know specifically what they were, since I am considering coming back.
Thanks Stamp and KMS101 for the info.
A great sense of humor is indispensable to working in a Thai govt school. As my school completely doesn't give a shit about paperwork for me, I don't either.
I used to enjoy the freedom I had to set my own goals and lessons for the students, but now that I use books geared to student levels its really good. I like to be able to do 50% book 50% of my own stuff, can make stuff more difficult if the unit in the book is too easy etc and vice versa.
Have a class of 53 tourism development staff on monday though.... still trying to work out what extra stuff I can do with them
Whoever doesn't get whiteboard markers from there school man should consider moving I reckon, unless the school is just so poor it cannot afford them that is
Primary Resources - Free teaching resources, lesson plans, teaching ideas & worksheets for primary and elementary teachers for elementary but there is also tonnes of other stuff for various other levels too.
I also recommend becomming a member at the british council so you can borrow materials from them, it costs 800 per year and they have a fairly substantial library including audio and video resources,
hope that helps
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I firmly believe that classroom environment has a huge impact of student motivation and learning. I spent years transforming a US ghetto classroom into something that looked more like a livingroom, and the results were outstanding. Students transferred into my classes until they were at capacity (35). Other teachers asked me to consult with them on improving their classroom aesthetics. Now, I'm in a filthy, decrepit building with no resources. I don't have a snowball's chance in hell of working around the Thai education system (i.e., one hour a week with me) standard for English language instruction, much less the inadequate facilities.
So I have my sense of humor. That's the most important requirement for me to teaching in my particular school. When that fails me, I'm in trouble.
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Maybe you can have your students help setup your classroom since you are short on time?
But you're right about not taking anything too seriously. The Thai teachers tend to be serious whilst I am not. On those days when I lose my sense of humor about this absurdist comedy of an education system, what a black mood sets in.
Myself: If it ain't got an air conditioner, "Thank you very much for your time. Have a good day." and hope the door doesn't hit me on the way out.