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Panyaden Teacher Spotlight

Kru Fern Teacher Spotlight in Panyaden newsletter issue 32

Panyaden Teacher Spotlight

from Panyaden Newsletter Issue 32

Kru Fern, Year 1 Ladybirds Homeroom Teacher

In Issue 32 of Panyaden Newsletter, we profile Kru Fern who shares with us her teaching strategy and what she loves most about teaching at Panyaden.

“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.

Read the article in Thai here in the Panyaden Newsletter, Jan/Feb ’18, Issue 32.

Parent Spotlight

Panyaden Spotlight: parents featured in school newsletter

Parent Spotlight

from Panyaden Newsletter Issue 32

Khun Ohm and Khun Supreeda Asavakovit

Our Parent Spotlight in the latest Panyaden Newsletter (Issue 32, Jan/Feb ’18) is on Khun Ohm and Khun Supreeda Asavakovit, parents of Pordee Kindergarten 1 Caterpillars.

“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.”

Panyaden parent spotlight from Issue 32 of school newsletter

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.

Read the interview in Thai here in Issue 32 (Jan/Feb ’18) of Panyaden Newsletter.

Panyaden Homeroom Teacher

Kru Denny, Y7 Homeroom Teacher Spotlight Panyaden Newsletter

Panyaden Newsletter Issue 31

Teacher Spotlight

We profile Kru Denny, our new Year 7 Homeroom Teacher in the latest issue of Panyaden Newsletter.

“My goal for Year 7 is that students leave Panyaden prepared for secondary school and enthusiastic about learning. I want the students to feel able to solve problems by themselves and that they have the tools to be successful both academically and socially.” Kru Denny is our new Year 7 homeroom teacher at Panyaden. He knows a thing or two about high school because he taught 14 year olds in his last job. “That experience has helped me because I can see where these kids are going to be in a couple of years. They are on the threshold of adolescence now and are moving into more complex ideas, emotionally, socially and intellectually.”

Panyaden homeroom teacher Year 7, Kru Denny How do you plan to help them make this change? “My aim is that students will be comfortable being challenged; be able to deal with failure and reassure themselves that if they can’t do something, it just means they can’t do it yet. Experts were not born. They had to go through setbacks and keep practising.”

Californian Denny started out as a restaurateur but it was the satisfaction he got from coaching new, young employees that got him interested in re-training as a teacher. Father of Maury in Year 3, Kru Denny loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking and cycling. He has set a personal goal of learning the Thai alphabet by the end of the year! He gets much of his inspiration from his father, who he describes as a guiding light to his community and family through his unwavering service to others.

First impressions of Panyaden? “I’m struck by the spirit of generosity at school. Teachers give so much of their time for their students and colleagues. I’m impressed by the focus on the whole child here. Many schools only pay lip service to socio-emotional education, but here it is integrated into every day and every activity. Everyone, from the office staff to the managers, is involved, open and collaborative.”

Welcome to the Panyaden community, Kru Denny!

Panyaden Newsletter Issue 23: Parent Spotlight

Parent spotlight_Halpern family

In the latest issue of our newsletter (Dec ’15/Jan ’16), we shine the spotlight on Ariel and Magdalena, long-term Panyaden parents of three.

“When you know about things from a hands-on perspective you get to understand things beyond the facts.” Read more: https://www.panyaden.ac.th/newsletter/panyaden-school-newsletter-issue23.pdf