Muang Loei School

Yesterday I went with Jack, Zoe and Sax to the school for our meeting with the school vice-director and other teachers. The school is a primary school (no kindergarten) and has 2400 students. The children learn English from year 1 here so between the three of us we will be teaching every pupil.

After initial introductions and going over school rules and policy, the other teachers made a decision as to who would be teaching what grade.

Jack will be teaching grades 1 and 3 (ages 6 and 8)

Zoe will be teaching grades 2 and 6 (ages 7 and 11)

I will be teaching grades 4 and 5 (ages 9 and 10)

Grades 1-3 have on average 40 students in each class, whereas grades 4-6 have 50 students in each class and there are eight classes in each grade.

We’ve received our timetables and the upside is that we’re contractually not allowed to teach more than 25 hours a week so there’s actually a lot of time between classes where we can go up to our office (yes, the three of us have an office together away from the other teachers) and write lesson plans, mark work and generally just escape from the classroom for a few hours.

We have to arrive at the school for 7:30am every morning, and on certain days we have to greet the students and their parents at 7:45 and Wai them and say Sawasdee  [pronounced [sàwàtdiː]

On other days there’s a flag raising ceremony at 8:30 (see photo below from school website) and then classes start at 9am. Classes end at 4pm and teachers can leave after 4:30pm.

There may or may not be extra activities on weekends such as English camp and school activity days (sports day, Buddhist festivals etc) but we’ll be told as and when they occur.

I took some photos of the school grounds whilst we were on the tour, see below.

Our first classes start on Thursday, so wish us luck!

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  2. june welland

    hi sam &jack love the blog its great to see you are both enjoying your adventure some of the food looked a bit yuck hope jack enjoyed the pizza lots of love nan x x

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  4. Lisa

    Hi Sam, just been catching up on your blog. You and jack look like you have been very busy. It sounds like you will both be naturals with the teaching side. Keep us posted on how it goes. Luke says to pass on a hello.

    Lisa

  5. ielliott@hotmail.co.uk

    Thanks for that we hope your teaching will go well

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