Environmental Awareness Thailand - Making Our Cities Cleaner

Posted by Stephen Peter Jones on 22nd Jun 2019

Environmental Project - Thailand

Some time ago I was an English teacher that cared about one reality in passing information forward to create an environment where students could enjoy their studies and learn not just from books but also from the social science aspect of our language. I had nurtured students from grade three, four, five into grade six including grade four bilingual. One of my favourite classes because some of those students stood out in front of class time and time again and showed me how fast they could learn and how respectful they were to me as their teacher and head teacher of the school.

They were fun to teach, had charisma and were thoughtful. However, I am not a teacher that gives favouritism to another as all my classes were amazing. Some students went on to amazing things and of course the whole aspect of making a student succeed is to teach them as a class and a school that there will be challenges later in life such environmental issues.

With that challenge in mind, I planned for students to complete social science project. An environmental project that was to be displayed in front of the school later that year for other teachers, parents and the school's management. Before I continue, I want to tell you that this is not difficult and it's a whole lot of fun and this was a successful project that worked in the form of fun, creative and easy to understand. The message must be easy when we teach environmental awareness for world improvement because it's what our students need to learn at a slow pace so, the fun aspect side of learning but to nurture them into a meaningful mindset to remember how they can tell others how they can improve the environment which was something I wanted to achieve overall.

let me explain to you what the project was all about and how grade six completed the whole project in the light of others that wanted to learn after. The project was as mentioned was an environmental project for students to create rules for a model city made in an artistic way, a city that was to represent the future and those exact cities could be futuristic or just as I explained in my examples to them a little like Singapore, a city that has the correct mindset to be clean, safe and of mixed nationalities that came together to create a great environment. I told them that they can always do better to get them thinking about rules and ideas for improvement?

That's what I always expressed to my students as they created their cities with materials from household products, beautiful paint and brushes giving the artistic touch to each aspect of their cities such as building colours, road markings, temple colours and parks for children to enjoy times together. Well-designed homes and much more. It was so much fun watching them create their cities and the photo above shows how much fun it was. I will show you in my gallery on my Facebook group exactly how the whole project was finalised in grade six with over 40 photos of the project.

So now you’re thinking about finding the teacher for the job as a recruiter to expand your online business as you'll need to find students to teach online. well it's all about opportunity and of course you can screen a teacher, interview a teacher and you can cross-exam a teacher's past but the bottom line is as a recruiter and an online business owner you'll need to develop your business and put yourself in my shoes and imagine how to teach foreign students making it fun in every single class. Teachers come and go because it's a challenge to keep teachers in one place as they normally want to travel from country to country.

Teachers these days enjoy teaching online, having that freedom to teach from anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a really nice environment as a backdrop to teach but it's also important to mention that a teacher can travel to the country of niche for example and work online there to meet and interview students in reality from schools, universities, language schools and kindergartens because parents especially in countries like China want to learn and work hard at learning English, not to mention many will pay well for it.

I stayed at Saint Francis Xavier school for over four years because I was happier their than I had ever been previous to my starting contract there , I had fantastic friends both foreign and English in a community I loved and I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the school’s decisions to make me head teacher. My final message is clear and it's about on the end of the last years contract I had done all I could to achieve for my students for them to succeed in their English studies for their future and I was tired and ready to learn new things in my life like helping others achieve the best they can as teachers or students.