School is school!
School will be starting in about a week and I’m very excited for… Football!!!! Not what you expected huh? Every year my school holds a semester long football league where all the boys, m3 and above can form a team and play in the league. I’ve told you before in my previous post that playing football(soccer) with the students helped me build rapport with them. I actually played football with some of my students before I had a chance to teach them! When I first arrived at my school, my company told me that I would only be observing my first day. It was Friday and every Friday the Thai teachers, students and farang teachers usually meet up and have a kick around. So after school I was excited to partake in a nice game of football.
Brand new what?!
My school has just built a brand new grass pitch and I can only say that expectations this year are high! We will have an all-farang team this year competing in the school league. I can only say that my team plans to steam-roll the competition(although that never happens). We have a really decent team this year. It’ll be fun to not only teach my students in the classroom but to teach them on the football pitch as well… make ’em humble. Even though it’s all fun and games. (Anyone who nutmegs their teacher gets a bonus point!)
Farang vs Thai football
All our preparation is for sports day. On sports day, our school has the annual Thai Vs Farang football match. This is a two-20 minute halved game played in front of the whole school for bragging rights. This match has been happening for 3 years now and as it stands the farangs are 0-1-2. Yup, we’ve yet to win but this year it will be different! For the 4th annual Thai vs Farang football match we only plan to win!
Benefits of sharing hobbies
I have to admit having activities like this for students and teachers are a great idea. It kind of makes for a rich atmosphere between students and teachers. It made it a lot easier for the Thai teachers and farangs to break the ice and get to know each other outside of a professional environment. I also think its import to realize that your students are also much more relaxed and open outside of school. When the final bell rings, the suit and tie comes off and the kit and boots come on. I’ve personally had students who are so shy and quiet in class but when they play after school they are vocal, active and engaged.
Love Thy National
If you ever have worked at a Thai government school you probably noticed how close some of the students and teachers are. At my school the students and teachers have a great relationship. The teacher, in a way, is like an extension of the parents or older brother/sister. You really get the feel that they are looking out for them(students) like family. I think no one can deny the bond Thai people have with each other.
There isn’t much in this post, I just wanted to point out how having something in common with your students can help you relate to them( and vice versa). It doesn’t matter if you can’t speak Thai. Language is only one of the many ways we can communicate with each other… For instance, after school… I let my feet do the talking! Hey! I’m just enjoying my life in Thailand!
As always comments and questions are welcomed.