Day 1: Teach In Thailand

By Tracy W., Teach in Thailand 

Yesterday we saw our school and met the other Thai English teachers. Our school is well known for its big English program. Many students from our school win English story telling competitions. Our school is very beautiful, surrounded by trees, gardens, and manmade waterfalls. I teach grades 1st through 3rd and Joey teaches grades 4th through 6th. The grades are divided into levels 1 to 7, 1 being the highest learners and 7 being the learners who tend to take their time learning. (AKA in the U.S… a class full of children with ADHD.) Joey and I teach 3 to 5 classes a day. It may not seem like much, but it is when you are standing in front 35-40 students and none of them understand you!

Today was our first day of actual teaching. My first period class was a 2/7 class, meaning grade 2 level 7. They sure didn’t waste their time when they found out I taught special ed! Level 7 is almost impossible to teach. Kids running around the room, fighting each other, screaming at one another is what you can expect from a level 6 or 7 class. The Thai teachers act like it’s no big deal. Basically they go by the class rule of if you want to learn you will pay attention, if not….oh well! They do not believe in failing here and copying/cheating is accepted.

Male teachers wear long pants and long sleeves and females wear long skirts and sweaters to cover their shoulders. It is very hot and humid, and there is no AC at the school. Joey looked like he went swimming in his clothes after he was done today. They say it will get cold here soon, but I don’t believe it!

The students treat us like celebrities here. They are so adorable and love to touch and stare at us like we are aliens or something. They all say “hello teacher Tracy and teacher Joey!” Then they bow and give us high fives or hugs Sometimes they shout, “I love you!”

As for the culture shock, we are adjusting quite well. We have a motor bike to get us around town. We eat meals for very cheap off the street 2 to 3 times a day. The food is terrific but very very spicy! I cover myself in bug spray and bought bug killer for my apartment to solve the ant problem.

Mai pen dri! No worries! All is good in Thailand

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