“Teaching is not merely about providing knowledge to students. It must answer the question of what students can do with that knowledge in the future. I have realized that STEM can help,” shared Ms. Dau Van Nga, a physics, technology, and informatics teacher at Xuan La Secondary School in Tay
What, exactly, sparks into being our love of learning? Is it our sense of touch? Holding a test tube while seeing the colorless solution slowly turn a deep yellow? Our sight, then? What is it that pulls us through the array of information to be memorized, and bring in its
Chatter and movement, culminating in an excited echoing noise in the room. Perhaps an uncommon response from a teacher with thirty-plus students in an eighth grade chemistry class, but to Mr. Sittipong Tummuthit, this is a good thing. This is the energy he strives for in the classroom. Into his
Ratchaprachanukhro 45 School in Kanchanaburi is a school for disadvantaged students. Many lack financial resources and teaching support, making it challenging for students to fully immerse themselves in the learning experience and to have confidence in themselves as learners.
Ms. Deethana Yamwong, a math teacher at the school said,
“Science is a subject that requires a lot of memorization; if I always teach in the same manner, asking students to recite content, it would be very boring,” said Ms. Chompoonuch Rimnongruea, a science teacher at Ratchaprachanukroh 51 School, Buriram. Though Ms. Chompoonuch’s comment speaks to a desire for
“Because students come from different backgrounds and have different abilities, teachers have to constantly adjust their teaching style to the students,” remarked Mr. Pattanapong Boonsil, a mathematics teacher at Ratchaprachanukroh School 47, Phetchaburi.
Mr. Pattanapong has served as a public school teacher for more than 10 years. Growing up
“Getting out of the classroom and engaging in learning activities gives students the opportunity to integrate knowledge from many different subjects, while using different skills. Students become excited and are eager to learn more things,” said Ms. Jirawan Nachai, a math teacher at Ratchaprachanukroh 23 School, Phitsanulok.
Siriya Boonarak, science teacher at Wat Tong Pu, Lob Buri
Having the necessary materials and equipment for science experiments is essential for teachers to replace rote learning with hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Even though the chemicals are inexpensive, for teachers working in opportunity expansion schools in remote areas like me,
Teachers play one of the most important roles in a student’s life, this makes teaching jobs challenging and full of responsibility, while still being rewarding in many ways. Mr. Nopparat Buranathavorn, a science teacher at Nikhom Sang Ton Eng School in Rayong Province, knows this very well.
Finding ways to
Public health personnel are the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. Similarly, the frontline for Thai schools are the teachers. In this case, teachers support the students and their parents, not only against the pandemic, but also in coping with changes in teaching and widening education inequality.