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I am very glad to be working with a group of experts to upgrade Thailand’s education system by training other teachers to use inquiry-based learning techniques. From this experience, I have learned how to manage my teaching, so that children can fully learn from each activity. Such inquiry-based learning requires me to teach students through practice-based activities, rather than just through explaining, which I believe motivates students in the classroom. Additionally, I have learned how to properly evaluate my students before starting a new class, allowing me to better tailor the way that I teach to their needs. With these skills, teachers can understand whether or not their students actually understand critical math and science concepts.
I am proud to be part of the Chevron Enjoy Science Project because I have the opportunity to learn directly from foreign experts in order to train Thai teachers. This training truly changes our teaching behaviors by strengthening our involvement with students and pushing them to fully understand what they learn. In addition, I am able to integrate what I learn into my daily school lesson plans.
Over a year ago, I began participating in Chevron's Enjoy Science's professional development workshops, and, as a result, I have become a more impactful teacher – a fact that is best demonstrated through my students' rising test scores and genuine interest in science. At workshops, education experts from Kenan Institute Asia and Teachers College at Columbia University introduced me to the latest pedagogical practices, which enable math and science teachers to enhance classroom learning and spark student curiosity. Today, my classes are very much student led and feature kids conducting hands-on experiments, working together to tackle challenging problems, and asking questions. Furthermore, I am constantly collecting data and evaluating student comprehension to refine and improve my teaching. Although I have been implementing these techniques in my classroom for only a short time, the early data looks promising. For example, of my 23 students, 57% now say that they enjoy studying science and 30% received qualifying test scores to attend the provincial school's science branch, a significant achievement for the extended opportunity school in Udon Thani. I believe it is my duty to ensure that science students are developing their knowledge and critical thinking capabilities every time they enter the classroom. Providing students with opportunities to develop hypotheses, design experiments, and articulate their ideas are essential to building critical thinking skills. Students trained using inquisitive learning methods, rather than traditional rote learning, will acquire the skills that ultimately lead to the creation of bold, innovative, and transformative ideas.
The Correctional Institution is grateful to the Citi Foundation and Kenan Institute Asia for providing financial literacy training to detainees. This aligns with our goal of providing corrections opportunities and developing new positive habits in the detention center. We believe the ‘At-Risk Women Financial Literacy’ program, provides positive encouragement to detainees, giving them a chance to learn, understand, and manage their daily lives after they are released. We fully support the project as a way to develop detainee capacities for the future.
At first I was not confident in using ICT because of my age; after the training, however, I become confident in my abilities and discovered that students pay more attention to the lessons when ICT is used, in comparison to traditional classroom teaching. ICT helps students learn more efficiently.
I am very excited and proud to receive this recognition. I would like to thank my school for nominating me to participate in the Boeing TEL program, which introduced me to various ICT learning tools with which to teach my students. My students truly enjoy learning mathematics through animated instructional clips, where they can see numbers being added or subtracted on the screen. My teaching curriculum has benefiting not only by adopting new ICT resources to, but also by applying time managementand classroom questioning techniques that I learned during the Boeing TEL training.
I never realized I could find information on the Internet about how to take care of a rubber plantation that I recently invested in.
This workshop is very different from other workshops I have attended throughout my life. I realized that it is not the answers to the questions that are important, but the process of finding those answers.
Though I was born in Phang-nga and am familiar with local natural resources, the IN-STEP camp taught me how we can explore and observe our environment. Facilitators and MSD volunteers are so friendly. They helped me learn a lot by asking questions that made my friends and I think and express our thinking. My experience observing the night sky with Professor Nibondh was exciting. I never thought that science could be so amazing!