MARCUS WYKES, FORMER TEACHER

2ND YEAR TESTIMONIAL

At first the prospect of being a lone Brit teacher in an all American teacher school, I admit was a little daunting. The few jitters that I had soon disappeared and within a week were a distant memory. This was because of the Ethos that STIS promotes: the freedom, the flexibility, and the friendly and supportive environment made the experience feel so natural and comfortable.  The staff were welcoming, supportive and empowering. This helped me to gain confidence and the realization that I could be creative and motivational with the children. I fit into teaching life at STIS really quickly, so much so that within just 2 months I had already signed on for another whole new year.

My teaching role at STIS is known as the Science and Math teacher for Grades 1, 2 and 3. However, my schedule is not limited to just Math and Science. I get to teach my beloved Geography and I spend an hour a week hanging out with the Pre-K class.  My schedule is unique amongst the teachers because I move from class to class in one hour slots. For me, I really enjoy teaching the different classes. I get to socialize with a larger group of students and it brings a great variety to my day.

The majority of my school days is spent with Grades 2 and 3. My Grade 3 students, known as the “Orcas,” are a great bunch of students.  Although it is a small class of 7 students they sure make up for it with their energetic and varying personalities. They are a lively, inquisitive, bright, confident, and conscientious group. My Grade 2 students, the “Zebras”, are a more relaxed and mellow group. That’s not to say that there’s a lack of fun personalities. When it comes to doing work they are focused and keen, but when left to be creative they are really an exciting bunch of students.  I can honestly say both classes are a pleasure to teach.

Teaching science is especially enthralling and I love to teach it. The students are so engrossed and curious about the subject which only increases their desire and willingness to learn more. Not a lesson goes by without the students raising their hands to ask me questions on all sorts of scientific matters.  It’s a shame I don’t always know the answers!  The textbooks we use are brilliant and helps us as teachers to promote exploration and discovery and to really develop the student’s scientific knowledge. Also here at STIS we have a very well equipped science lab too where we do fun experiments and this brings out the kids curiosity and creative sides in lessons.

The textbooks we use for Math make learning just as exciting. You may think teaching math would be mundane but the textbooks really do brighten the lessons up with the occasional fun activity to help encourage learning. If I ever do feel the textbooks become too heavy or too theoretical I have the freedom and flexibility to approach the learning in a different way or modify the task.

STIS is all about giving teachers freedom in the classroom. Perhaps for most schools Geography would not feature on the curriculum for such a young age group. My degree at University was joint honours in Geography so having the opportunity to teach Geography is so cool. I never thought I would get the chance to do this. I have complete creative freedom when teaching Geography as there are no set textbooks just loads of great resources available for me to pick and choose linking in to the aspect of Geography that I am teaching.

Teaching at STIS is far more rewarding than I could have ever anticipated. To have watched my students learn and develop gives me such a sense of fulfillment and achievement. One thing that stands out for me most, however, is how much care and thought goes into making the school the best it possibly can be.  During my time here the school has more than doubled in size. Word has spread throughout the city and much farther afield about how exciting, dynamic, and refreshing this school is.  On reflection, it’s hard to believe that such a school exists in a small city in the South of Thailand.  I really feel like I have been part of a hugely uplifting and progressive journey.  Peter, the Director of the school, is so committed and passionate about his students and the staff.  Having the chance to work with Peter has been so beneficial to my teaching development.  As a twenty-three year old my experience in teaching was not vast but Peter has been so supportive and is always on hand to give guidance. The other teachers too have shared their wealth of teaching knowledge and I feel I am such a better teacher for this experience. My overall teaching experience to date is definitely one I would want to share and promote. I already have and would encourage teachers to come to STIS to share in the teaching experience that I have relished and learnt so much from.

1ST YEAR TESTIMONIAL

At first the prospect of being a lone Brit teacher in an all American teacher school, I admit was a little daunting. The few jitters that I had soon disappeared and within a week were a distant memory.  This was because the Ethos that STIS promotes, the freedom, the flexibility, the friendly and supportive environment felt so natural and comfortable.  The staff was welcoming, supportive and empowering. This helped me to gain confidence and the realization that I could be creative and motivational with the children. I fitted into teaching life at STIS really quickly, so much so that within just 2 months I had already signed on for another whole new year.

My teaching role in STIS is primarily to teach Grade 2 Science, Math and, as of recently, Geography.  My schedule is unique amongst the teachers because my mornings begin with alternating between 2 kindergarten classes.  During this time I help the teachers out by leading a station or having one on one time with students, in general just offering assistance where needs be.  I really enjoy this time as it gives me the opportunity to socialize with students of a much younger age.  Also, I get to see how other teachers operate and teach this age group, which is a great learning experience for me.  As well as this, I run the after lunch time activities for the K-3, grade 1 and grade 2 classes. This involves making use of the magnificent resources the school has, such as the library, art centre, and learning centre. When the students need to expend some energy and have some fun we play games such as dodgeball, which is definitely not for the faint hearted!

I regard my timetable as being unique and varied…. I love it!  It means I get to teach and play with the majority of the students in the school and have great fun whilst doing it!  I also get to know more members of the teaching team this way and can learn from their experience.

The majority of my school day is spent with Grade 2 students, otherwise known as the “Orcas.”  The Orcas are a great bunch of students.  Although it is a small class of 7 students they sure make up for it with their energetic and varying personalities. They are a lively, inquisitive, bright, confident and conscientious year group.  I can honestly say they are a pleasure to teach.

Teaching science is especially enthralling and I love to teach it.  The students are so engrossed and curious about the subject, which only increases their desire and willingness to learn more.  Not a lesson goes by without the students raising their hands to ask me questions on all sorts of scientific matters - shame I don’t always know the answers!  The textbooks we use are brilliant and helps us as teachers to promote exploration and discovery and to really develop the student’s scientific knowledge.  Also here at STIS we have a very well equipped science lab too where we do fun experiments and this brings out the kids curiosity and creative sides in lessons.

The textbooks we use for math make learning just as exciting.  You may think teaching math would be mundane, but the textbooks really do brighten the lessons up with the occasional fun activity to help encourage learning.  If I ever do feel the textbooks become too heavy or too theoretical I have the freedom and flexibility to approach the learning in a different way or modify the task.

Recently I have started to teach geography to the Orcas.  My degree at University was joint honours in Geography so having the opportunity to teach Geography is fantastic.  I never thought I would get the chance to do this.  I have complete creative freedom when teaching Geography as there are no set textbooks, just loads of great resources available for me to pick and choose from linking in to the aspect of Geography that I am teaching.

Teaching at STIS is far more rewarding than I could have ever anticipated. To watch my students learn and develop gives me such a sense of fulfillment and achievement.  One thing that stands out for me most, however, is how much care and thought goes into making the school the best it possibly can be.  Peter, the Director of the school, is so committed and passionate about his students and the staff.  Having the chance to work with Peter has been so beneficial to my teaching development.  As a twenty-two year old my experience in teaching was not vast but Peter has been so supportive and is always on hand to give guidance.  The other teachers have also shared their wealth of teaching knowledge and I feel I am such a better teacher for this experience.  My overall teaching experience to date is definitely one I would want to share and promote.  I already have and would encourage teachers to come to STIS to share in the teaching experience that I have relished and learnt so much from.

1ST SEMESTER TESTIMONIAL

The chance to work at STIS presented the perfect opportunity for me and one which I wish to thrive upon. I have worked here for 2 months now teaching Science and Math to Grade 2 students (otherwise known as the Orcas). Teaching science is especially enthralling and I love to teach it. The students are so engrossed/captivated by the subject which only increases their desire to learn more. Not a lesson goes by without the students inquisitively raising their hands asking me questions on all sorts of scientific matters. The textbooks we use are brilliant and allows them to explore and really develop their scientific knowledge. Also here at STIS we have a brilliant science lab too where we do experiments and this brings out the kids curiosity and creative side in lessons.

I can honestly say that the teaching ethos in STIS is so refreshing and on a personal teaching level it is so rewarding. The extraordinary relationship between student and teacher is incomparable to any school I have been in. The small class size has allowed me to form great bonds with the kids.  So far my time in STIS has been so enjoyable and I can’t wait to continue on my journey as a teacher here.