John and Jane in Thailand

J and J have escaped the hurly-burly of life in the USA.

Teaching

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Nearly all our students with Choo and me.

John and I have become full-fledged members of this small beach community.  We are recognized and greeted by our names almost everywhere we go.  People notice when we were gone and welcome us back upon our return.  This has become “our town” and as such I feel the need to contribute more than my smiling face.  I have become a volunteer English teacher at the local elementary school.  The woman who was our Thai tutor (Choo) when we first arrived has a son in the school and she is concerned that the education the kids are getting is all rote memorization and desk work.  They are being taught no critical thinking skills, get no art, and never participate in learning activities.  With the blessing and full cooperation of the school, Choo and I have become adjunct teachers.  Twice a week for two hours the kids are ours.  Our goal is not only to expose them to English as spoken by a native English speaker but to have fun while learning. I develop the curriculum and I try to theme each week’s class, for instance our first class was based on colors and the second was optical illusions.  The photos below were taken during our animals’ class.  We have a lot of fun and accomplish a lot.  One of the reasons we are able to do so much is that it is a very small school – 28 kids in total and four teachers.  I have nine 2nd and 3rd graders in one class and thirteen 4th and 5th graders in the other class.  I don’t work with the k-1st graders though they love to peek in the class room to see what we are doing.  And here I was worrying that I wouldn’t have enough to keep me busy if we moved to Thailand.

 

Written by Jane Estes

August 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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  1. Hi Jane,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences as a volunteer teacher. How fortunate the students are having you in their midst. Your enthusiastic and knowledgable needed to round out their curiculum is awesome. You are a party of one for the Peace Corps, I am thrilled to hear about your adventures and life in Thailand. I think you have embedded yourself into the country and we will just have to go see you since it will be rare to see you here. Ha ha! 🙂 Take care and love to John. kiyo

    Kiyoko Takashima

    August 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

  2. Jane, this is wonderful! You never cease to amaze me with your initiative and ingenuity. This is such a win/win for everyone involved. I am so glad that you and John have been so embraced by your community and they by you. All the best, Ilene

    Ilene Stark

    August 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm


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