I wanted to take some time today to reflect on all six of my classes during my year here at Attamit (my school’s name). I have taught grades 7-9, so here are my thoughts as well as survey data I compiled from students during the final class. Each grade is broken up between Groups A & B, with group A tending to have stronger learners.
M3 (9th Grade) Group A: A tough cookie, a bunch of teens with attitude problems. In the end though, I think I got through to some of the leaders of the group. They’re not great students and I feel I came in at a stage in their lives when their habits are already formed and settled so there was little I could do there. As a group though, I think I earned their respect in the end.
Would I teach them again? Maybe, depending on their behavior and interest. If they’ve finally seen the light in how I tried to help them, I’d give it a shot. Not teaching English though, they are at an age and at an English competency level where I could focus on history, money, life lessons and philosophy. It was rewarding teaching them in it’s own special way in that I now have experience working with troubled youths.
What Students Think:
“On a scale of 1 to 10, does Mr. Kingston encourage you to perform better?” 8.3
Please rate Mr. Kingston and his class: 8.1
M3 (9th Grade) Group B: The most challenging group that I raged on and on about when I was learning how to teach in the beginning of the year. I talked so much about them I ain’t got nothing left to say. They are still terrible, just not as terrible. I failed to make them great students, but the short and easy answer is no, I wouldn’t teach them for a second year.
What Students Think:
“On a scale of 1 to 10, does Mr. Kingston encourage you to perform better?” 7.8
Please rate Mr. Kingston and his class: 7.6
In the end, M3A and M2B are the groups I felt I really got through to. Anyways, this is the last time I plan to put my focus on writing about these kids. With exceptions for the next video about being a leader and maybe a sporadic case study on an individual student. Just about everything in this teaching English in Thailand thing has been compartmentalized, now I’m ready to fill my mind with new people, places and projects.
Kingston S. Lim
Hua Hin, Thailand
Feb. 22, 2020