“Teaching is a fascinating profession because it lays the foundations for people’s future learning. I am proud to see the children grow up,” says Kru Fern, Panyaden’s Year 1 Ladybirds homeroom teacher.
“Before joining Panyaden, I mainly taught students on a one-on-one basis, so being a homeroom teacher is both interesting and challenging for me because I have to manage the whole classroom. I have to continue developing my teaching skills and to be more creative in class.
“My teaching strategy is more like an experimental method. For example, when using games in classrooms, we have to observe how students react and judge if the games are suitable for their learning level or not. So we always have to be ready and have a plan B in mind.
“The most impressive thing as a teacher at Panyaden is when I teach the Thai language to non-Thai students and they are able to communicate in Thai within a few months – reading, writing and speaking. First of all, it is important to teach students positive attitudes and the value of studying Thai. Then, use teaching materials to help their learning such as games, and visual aids. Next, show them how to use Thai in their everyday lives.
“My goal is to continue being a good teacher and looking out for interesting and creative ways to inspire my students to learn and love the Thai language.”
Kru Fern also loves the unique natural environment and green architecture at Panyaden.
Panyaden Youth Theatre Presents
Mary Poppins the Musical Theatre
Only 3 more days to go! Our students are really excited and have been working very hard during rehearsals, let’s all support their efforts! The performance is on Friday, 23 February 2018, from 4pm to 5pm at the school Assembly Hall. You can get your tickets at the school office (only 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children). You can also check Panyaden’s event page for details or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Come join in the fun!
Above photos: Panyaden Youth Theatre students rehearsing
“The traditional education we experienced does not teach how to build ‘lifelong happiness’. We decided to find an alternative school that not only focuses on academics but also on building values and life skills for students.”
“In the past, we studied hard for entrance to famous schools and universities because we thought being a student in a prestigious school is a symbol of success. We studied hard for the main subjects for the entrance tests but neglected others that were important to our life. The purpose of learning was only for passing the exams. When we grew up and settled down, we asked ourselves if this is the real life success we have been searching for. Does it bring happiness to our present day? And the answer is ‘No’. We may have succeeded in working hard but have failed in building happiness and stable minds. This was the impetus for us to find a different school for our kid.”
“When we visited Panyaden for the parent interview, we were confident (almost 90%) to send our kid here based on studying the school information. When we met Kru Boy and heard about the 12 Wise Habits, we knew it was the right decision. Kru Boy interviewed us on how we disciplined our kid when he’s behaved inappropriately and we said we used corporal punishment, just as our parents did as is typical in Thai homes. Kru Boy joked that for this, one point would be deducted from the parents’ application (laughing). He shared with us the school’s approach towards students’ behaviour. We were really impressed and agreed that it was a good approach.”
Nong Pordee has been a Panyaden student for 2 years. “We see that he is really happy learning and being at school, the most outstanding development is his sharing and thinking of others. In future, we would like him to do what he loves, to know himself, know how happiness happens in his mind and to live his life with ‘Mattanuta’ (the right amount), just like his name.”
Khun Ohm and Khun Poon told us that they felt like students again when Pordee first started at Panyaden: learning the 12 Wise Habits, listening to dhamma talks, practicing Samadhi (being calm and focused) and exchanging ideas with other parents.
Panyaden International School in Chiang Mai is currently hiring for the new academic year starting in August 2018. Our school integrates Buddhist values, environmental mindfulness, and bilingual learning with international education standards. We are looking for dedicated, resourceful, passionate, resilient teachers and non-teaching staff who are comfortable working in a multicultural environment. See list below. Please read details in the posters attached to this post (click on the images for larger views) or visit our Panyaden recruitment page for more information!
List of Jobs Available:
Urgent – Temporary Performing Arts Teacher (Maternity Cover, 16 April 2018 to 30 June 2018). Find out more here.
Thai Head Teacher
Preschool Teachers (both Thai and English Native Speakers). Find out more here.
Primary Teachers (both Thai and English Native Speakers). Find out more here.
School Secretary (Academic)
School Secretary and Assistant to Management Team
Interested applicants, please send a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position and full resume to email@example.com. Salaries to be negotiated. Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted by Panyaden’s HR department.
Imagine your best friend just bought you a book he knows you will truly enjoy. You go home after work thinking about the relaxing evening ahead: soft music playing over dinner followed by some quiet time reading the book you’ve been thinking about all day. You open the book with a smile on your face and there it is, the list of questions you must answer: identify the main character; find 5 words that describe the setting; find the name of the dog in the story; copy 2 complex sentences and label the independent and the dependent clauses…and so on. Enough said. None of us would like that. The barrage of questions just killed the desire we had to read the book. But how do we kindle a love of reading?
We read to get information or to delve into a fantastic world where, as voyeurs, we spy on the heroes and villains, witnessing and often sharing their emotions. When we’re done, we enjoy talking about it with friends or colleagues and might wonder what this character really meant or whether we would have done the same thing in a similar situation…..but no one is interrogating us to check our understanding!
How can I support my child?
But my child needs to learn how to fully understand what he reads. How will I know he does if I don’t question him? Indeed, children do need to learn and we need to know if they actually do or not. However, interrogation sessions tend to lead to static answers and turn reading into a chore. The most effective way to help our children learn how to read and develop a love of reading is to read to them, to discuss the story together, to laugh together when the story is funny and to cry together when tragedy strikes the main character.
My child has reading homework, how can I help?
Early readers may take a long time to decode a book, syllable by syllable. Make sure you come armed with patience. If your child is too self-conscious to read to you, allow him or her to read by herself of find someone else to listen to him practise.
Older children will be able to read the assigned text independently, however, both early and experienced readers should be offered a chance to do what we all do with what we read: talk about it. We know that the brain learns and retains information more easily when we are relaxed and alert. So let’s make sure we don’t stress our young readers and focus the conversation around meaningful questions. “I don’t know if I could have been as brave as John in the story. How about you?” is a question that leads to a true conversation. “What’s the name of the main character?” is an interrogation!
My child has reading homework so I don’t need to read to him anymore!
One should not replace the other! We don’t stop talking to our kids when they can form full sentences on their own and we certainly don’t stop holding their hand when they can walk by themselves. I know many Year 7 kids who still enjoy listening to an adult reading to them. When they can read, we can enjoy them reciprocating and reading stories to us, either at night or in the car on a long journey!
Electronic or paper books?
Whether it’s about teaching reading, kindness, patience, etc., we know that modelling is our most powerful teaching tool. We know that children growing in houses with books and parents who love to read are more likely to become good readers and discover the joy of reading. A less known phenomenon however, is that research shows that students aged 8 to 16 who read print are nearly twice as likely to be above average readers as children who read electronically. In addition, those who only read on screen are four times less likely to say they enjoy reading. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/children-turn-away-from-books-in-favour-of-reading-electronically-8617899.html#)
Reading on a tablet is convenient. Listening to books being read to you when you begin reading can be very helpful. However, we encourage parents to provide paper books for their children and limit the time when they read from a screen. Here are a few ways you can get paper books:
• We have regular Book Fairs at school with Thai and English language books. The next one is on 12-14 March 2018.
• Thai and English language bookshops in town
• English language used book stores in town
• Ordering English language books from Baker Books 3 times a year.
It was a joyful day as our Panyaden community came together to celebrate fitness, best efforts, teamwork, and sportsmanship during our annual Sports Day. There were lots of cheers and laughter! Well done to all our students, the teachers and staff who put it all together and to the parents who enthusiastically participated in the games! See lots more exciting photos here on our Panyaden School Blog and on our Facebook page.
We are ready! See you at 8.15am tomorrow, 9 February for Panyaden Sports Day 2018. Please make sure that your child wears his or her team colours, sports shoes and brings along a water bottle. There will be some shade, but sun hats and sun protection creams are also recommended. Looking forward to a day of fun and sportsmanship tomorrow!