Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Friday, May 12, 2006

We Meet Our Co-teachers

These pictures were sent to us while we were in training. Carol's co-teachers were Nipon (in the first picture) and Maa and Dtai in the second picture (Maa is the second from the left and Dtai is on the right).

It must have been a Wednesday because the students are wearing their scout uniforms (not related to the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts organizations in America. Students wear uniforms every day. There is also the official uniform worn three days/week and a sports uniform worn 1 day/week. Students who cannot afford uniforms are assisted by monies raised by the school (usually from school garden sales).

Bob's teachers are Toy (seated on the right in the third picture with the science teacher) and Tawee in the last picture.

During our first three weeks in the village, we met with our co-teachers to set up some strategies and create some lesson plans as well as some teaching visuals. We later discovered that the lesson planning was a new concept to Thai teachers and that a new mission would be to introduce planing, establishing learning objectives, grade books, and seating charts in addition to introducing student-centered education as opposed to the teacher-centered style that exists in Thailand.


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