For foreign teachers, it may sometimes be easy to forget that they are role models for students in a school environment where a ‘language barrier’ exists. BUT teachers must remember to follow school rules, and act as appropriate role models for students, to protect the image of both the school itself and of all teachers working in the school. If in doubt about how to behave in a certain situation, foreign teachers should look at Thai colleagues near them and follow their lead.
- Thai people do judge others by their appearance and actions. Dress professionally and act responsibly at all times (especially at or near the school).
- Teachers should not wear headphones (IPods etc.) around the school during school hours (except in the Teachers’ Room).
- Teachers should not publicly display anger – in Thai culture showing anger is a sign of weakness.
- Teachers should never use ‘international swear words’ around the school. Thais will understand these.
- Teachers should not eat while walking around the school.
- Teachers should be extremely careful when walking outside the Teachers’ Room areas with ceramic coffee cups. Teachers should prepare their drinks in the Teachers’ Lounge and return to the Teachers’ Room or other office immediately when carrying ceramic cups or hot drinks. This is to protect teachers and students.
- Teachers should never point their feet at students or others and avoid walking over students (not even in jest!).
- Teachers should not sit in the position shown on the right (foot on opposite knee) when teaching, during whole school activities or any other kind of ceremony. This can be interpreted as rude by Thai people.
- Teachers should not wear sunglasses on top of their head in or around the school. Sunglasses should be worn on the face or carried in hands.
- Teachers should never sit on desks – especially while teaching.
- Teachers should never put books on the floor or throw them to students.
- The Thai Royal Family is highly respected and should never be made figures of ridicule.
- ‘Wai-ing’ …. Foreign teachers should only ‘wai’ someone if they feel comfortable with it. Don’t wai anyone younger than you unless they wai you first!
- Teachers who smoke should limit their need to smoke during school hours. They cannot smoke within the school grounds, or in an area outside the school that is clearly visible to parents and community members. Smokers should discuss suitable places to smoke with continuing teachers who smoke.
As a famous Thai school, Assumption College teachers are expected to be conservatively dressed. Male and female teachers are required to wear clothes that fit the guidelines clearly outlined in this section. They should NOT try to ‘interpret’ these guidelines ‘in the name of fashion’.
Teachers should wear the clothing described in this section from the minute they walk in the school gate until they have left the school’s vicinity after work (e.g.- male teachers must enter and leave the school wearing a neck tie). Teachers should not change into other clothing before leaving school except under special circumstances (e.g.- playing sport immediately after work).
Most importantly, the school expects students to wear their uniform neatly. Teachers should be a model of this expectation with their own dress at all times (i.e., LOOK tidy).
- Must wear dark coloured business trousers on all days (NOT cotton pants).
- Must wear black leather shoes.
- Must wear a business shirt with a neck tie that is properly tied (not loosened) throughout the entire day and covered properly by the shirt collar at the back. The sleeves should be rolled down all day except on rare occasions when air conditioning is broken or staff are working outside on a display board, at a cheering practice, etc.
- Details of the shirt colours are:
- Mondays and Tuesdays: Shirt must be white (with an AC neck tie).
- Wednesdays and Thursdays: Shirts can be other colours but they must be proper business shirts. Colors need to be subdued, no bright colored shirts.
- Fridays: Polo shirt with a school logo (provided by the school)
Female teachers must wear an Assumption College uniform on Mondays and Tuesdays. All new female teachers are given fabric to have uniforms tailored.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, female teachers may wear their own clothes if they comply with the Assumption ‘Dress Code’.
On Fridays, female teachers should wear a polo shirt with a school logo and black pants or a black skirt.
- Clothing should not be tight or fitted.
- Skirts or dresses must be at least knee length.
- Tops must have sleeves and a collar. To further clarify:
- Shoulders must be covered;
- Cap sleeves are not ok;
- No plunging neck lines (i.e., no visible cleavage or bra);
- Tops should not be made from t-shirt style fabric.
- Shoes must have closed or peep toes. They must have an ankle strap and appear to be predominantly closed (not sandals or similar).
- Clothing (especially white) should not be transparent.
Generally, female teachers in Thai schools are unable to wear pants when teaching. There are some days however, (e.g.- special activities or excursions) when teachers can wear pants.
During the school year, the school will arrange various sports’ activities. On these days, teachers are required to wear LONG pants (usually jeans or track pants) and an ACEP polo shirt provided by the school. Teachers cannot wear shorts, three-quarter length pants or spandex on these days.
Most meetings are scheduled on each teacher’s timetable. Therefore, teachers are expected to be punctual to all meetings to avoid wasting the time of colleagues who have met expectations and arrived on time.
Meetings are counted as a part of teachers’ teaching time, and therefore teachers should expect that EVERY meeting will last for its full duration. Teachers must be prepared to participate in meetings for their full duration professionally without complaining of hunger etc., and without requesting to leave the meeting before it has concluded.
Similarly, teachers should stay ‘on track’ during meetings and avoid going off on unnecessary tangents. Meeting time is limited and these ‘tangents’ may prevent all necessary matters being discussed in the meeting, OR distract people from taking on board the main points discussed in meetings. If teachers have an issue that is not relevant to all of the meeting’s participants, they should speak with the meeting leader later rather than asking questions during the meeting. This is to avoid the meeting’s focus changing, and other colleagues having to spend excessive time listening to discussions that are not applicable to them during the meeting.
Teachers are expected to contribute to meetings as required, and follow up on matters discussed without reminders. To assist with this, all teachers should take paper and a pen to meetings to write down personal reminders about points raised, upcoming deadlines etc. Teachers are encouraged to store these notes in a book or folder.
- No eating meals during meetings (snacks exempted).
- No marking of students’ work or other preparation etc.
- No use of mobile phones for calls or SMS unless they are directly related to work.
- The Minutes of meetings will be made available to staff after most meetings and it is assumed that staff will read these and follow the directions stated without reminders.
If teachers have a Free Period before the lunch break they may eat in the school canteen anytime after 11am.
During Free Periods teachers should minimise noise in the Teachers’ Room so they do not distract colleagues who are working.
During Free Periods teachers CANNOT work in classrooms if another teacher is using it unless they have made prior arrangements. Similarly they CANNOT withdraw students from another teacher’s lesson to work with them one-on-one or to conduct assessment tasks. Teachers should not make a habit of ‘delivering’ books or entering classrooms for other purposes while students are learning with other Thai or foreign teachers. This is both to extend professional courtesy and to minimise disruptions to lessons.
Foreign teachers are not allowed to scan (in/out) in the Trinity Building without permission from the Head of Foreign Affairs.
- While teaching, mobile phones should be kept on silent and used for work purposes only (not personal calls or SMS under any circumstances at any stage of a lesson). Examples of ‘work purposes’ are to call the Teachers’ Room in an emergency.
- Teachers are advised to NOT leave their mobile phone visible to others on their desk in the Teachers’ Room, as students, messengers, and repair people enter the room from time to time.
- If teachers keep their mobile phone in the Teachers’ Room when they go to teach, the phone should be kept on silent as it is very frustrating for colleagues when a mobile phone rings numerous times when they are trying to work!
- During meetings mobile phones should be only used to RECEIVE calls or SMS that relate directly to work (not personal calls or SMS under any circumstances).
- Men: ‘smart’ pants or clean jeans (very minimum) with a collared shirt (tucked in) and proper shoes (better than joggers). No T-shirts or sandals.
- Women: ‘smart’ dress or skirt (not denim) with a smart/collared shirt (if wearing skirt) and shoes with ankle strap. No T-shirts or sandals.
Please be considerate and be on time every day. However, please wait for colleagues who are occasionally late (within reason). Before the van leaves, please ensure that all colleagues are on the van.
If you will not be on the van, please CALL a colleague on the van (CALL rather than message to ensure that they are aware).
The school guarantees that they will provide vans to and from the expressway only. Any additional routes are arranged in good faith and are a bonus for us all. There is no guarantee that additional routes will always be offered if demand changes or another issue occurs.
Drivers are not allowed to change routes without the approval of the school administration. Please do not ask drivers to change their assigned routes.
Although the school wants teachers to have a friendly rapport with the students they instruct, teachers must always remember that youngsters are first and foremost students – not friends.
Teachers are expected to learn students’ names as quickly as possible to develop a rapport with students. By the end of Week 10, teachers (who teach less than 100 students) should know the name of EVERY student they teach. Knowing students’ names is also a very powerful management tool (especially in an EFL setting).
Although most of the things below should seem very obvious to Western teachers, the things that foreign teachers should not do under any circumstances include:
- Show favouritism to individual students.
- Give students (or past students) their phone number to exchange phone calls or SMS messages.
- Exchange emails or chat with students (or past students) on MSN etc (see Social Networking Websites below also).
- ‘Advertise’ their birthday in the hope of receiving gifts!
- Tell students their assessment results, class for the following year or other information that the school has not yet made public.
- Tell students information about colleagues (personal or professional). All teachers can choose what information they want students to know.
Particularly in an EFL setting, teachers must be very careful using humour with students (particularly ‘dry’ or sarcastic jokes), and ensure that students can differentiate between when they are being serious and joking. This has the potential to create behaviour problems in the classroom. As a general rule, jokes should be limited and when joking with students the teacher’s facial expression should confirm that they are joking!
Foreign teachers are employed to teach content and language in contexts – words such as ‘mate’, ‘dude’, ‘buddy,’ etc. are not appropriate to be used with students. Foreign teachers should NEVER speak Thai to students. While this may seem an easy way to explain something at the time, all academic research shows that this is effectively ‘cheating’ students. If students think their teacher can speak their native language they lose their motivation to listen to and speak English. IF teachers are learning Thai language they should not practise with students!
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duration of hospitalization, duration of paid leave
1 night,3 days
2 nights,4 days
3 nights,5 days
If teachers are hospitalised for more than 3 nights the school may consider additional paid leave. In this event, teachers will be considered case by case according to the factors below:
- Years of service to the school.
- Nature of the teacher’s ailment.
If a teacher receives paid Hospitalisation Leave, at the time of being discharged from hospital they should go home by taxi and avoid the school area until they return to work.
- The teacher who planned a unit plans the relevant exam section.
- The exam should be easily divisible such as 40 marks overall divisible by two to get a score from 20.
- The mark allocation must make sense. There should never be two marks for one answer in a space, for example.
- There should be one tick or cross per mark/question to allow logical double checking. Comments like ‘I only mark what is wrong’ are extremely unhelpful for the teacher who has to do the double check.
- There should be page subtotals and a final page total to allow fast double checking of scores by other teachers, academic department staff and the Brothers who sometimes personally check some themselves.
- To check the content and mark allocation have teacher 1 from your subject team print the exam. This may seem extreme but teachers have just skimmed over a file on a computer before, missing basic mistakes.
- Teacher 2 completes it as a student would, to check for errors from the student’s point of view (Year 3 found 4 errors this way in 2014).
- Teacher 1 then marks the exam and totals it up checking for mark allocation errors, the meeting of curriculum indicators and content appropriateness (we found 3 content and mark allocation errors in this way in 2014).
- The exam is shredded or burned and the PDF is sent for printing.
Store the files on google drive and adjust the settings so only teachers from that year level can view it but no longer edit it and cannot download it. This protects you when parents start rumours about exams, as often happens in Thai schools. After the exam days remove all others except the YC from even viewing the files until the exam letter for the same exam period comes around the next academic year.
Thai culture, the Academic Department and parents place a high value on exams and the whole exam process. At other schools any errors have lead to the need for teachers to develop marking keys that must be submitted with exams. To avoid this extra time-consuming task it is extremely important we get this right by agreeing on an exam process for lower primary like the one above.
It is the duty of all Thai and foreign teachers to instil in students respect and good manners.
- Be polite and well-mannered. Say ‘Hello’, ‘Sorry’, or ‘Excuse me’ whenever appropriate to their teachers, other seniors, and fellow students.
- When students walk by a teacher, they should greet the teacher (in Thai or English).
- When students talk to a teacher, they should leave an appropriate space between themselves and the teacher.
- Students in scout or military uniform should always offer a greeting in the appropriate manner.
The uniforms and hairstyles of Thai students are set by both schools themselves and the Thai Ministry of Education.
ACEP’s uniform regulations for boys and girls of different Year Levels (school uniforms, PE uniforms and scout/military uniforms) are clearly explained in the annual Students’ Handbook. All teachers are expected to be familiar with uniform expectations for the students they teach and ensure that students follow the Dress Code.
- Culturally, Thai teachers will provide parents with their mobile phone number.
- Foreign teachers are advised NOT to give parents their mobile phone number. If parents ask for a teacher’s mobile phone number the teacher is advised to politely decline (due to ‘cultural reasons’) but offer the school’s number.
During the school year, teachers should maintain communication with parents. Methods for doing this include:
- Email: Each teacher’s email address is on the ACEP webpage. Teachers MUST check this email address daily.
- The students’ homework diary: For cultural reasons, teachers should NOT use red pen to write anything to parents or Thai teachers
- Teachers cannot use any form of ACEP logo/letterhead for correspondence with parents unless this has been approved by an administrator.
Teachers should think about what they want to write, and avoid writing at a time when they are angry or emotional. They should also be careful not to ‘blame’ parents for their child’s misbehaviour, as this can be very counterproductive in Thai culture.
In recent years, parents of students in younger Year Levels have set up ‘class Facebook groups’. Teachers should use a ‘teacher’ profile for this group (not their personal profile).
- Other students in the class or Year Level (e.g. – their family situation, behaviour or academic ability/results).
- Matters related to colleagues in school (e.g. – marking systems, homework, routines, your perception of their work ethic, etc.)
- Matters related to colleagues outside of school (e.g. – holiday plans, weekend activities, etc.)
- Information provided during staff meetings or in memos NOT yet intended for parents (e.g.– exam results, planned activities, changes in school policy, future staffing, etc.)
If parents ask for information teachers should be vague or tell them directly that they do not know yet.
Teachers should ensure that all meetings have a clear agenda and objectives that will assist in improving the problem/s rather than being a ‘venting’ session. If a translator is required for a meeting, teachers should speak with the Head of Foreign Affairs who will arrange for a suitable Thai colleague to assist. If the meeting is outside of school hours and a translator is required, the teacher should give at least 48 hours notice. Following parent meetings, the teacher should record details of the meeting and give them to the Head of Foreign Affairs for filing and future reference.
Foreign teachers are encouraged to attend some of these meetings. If they decline an invitation (“in order to allow parents to run the meetings in Thai”), foreign teachers should offer to prepare a summary of matters related to the class that the Parent Committee Leaders can translate into Thai and distribute to all parents.
ACEP is a new school and it is up to all foreign and Thai teachers to ensure that good, positive working relationships are established and maintained between Thai and foreign staff.
Teachers must always be polite and professional when interacting with Thai and foreign colleagues. Under NO circumstances should a foreign teacher be confrontational, condescending, patronising and/or express anger or frustration with Thai colleagues.
Foreign and Thai teachers should look upon each other as ‘colleagues’ and ‘equal’. Foreign and Thai teachers should not look upon their co-teacher (who they share a class with) as an ‘assistant’, but rather work together, sharing all responsibilities, for the benefit of their students.
Depending on the Thai teacher’s English level, teachers are advised to try to talk to each other professionally about the issue/s.
Foreign teachers should remember that some Thai teachers’ English is not strong so avoid discussing ‘contentious’ issues where the content of your comments could be misunderstood (especially if it is a 20 second conversation at the classroom door when changing periods, for example).
If a foreign or Thai teacher is repeatedly late or causing ‘frustration’ in another way, teachers should keep a record of their actions over a few weeks and give this to the Head of Foreign Affairs and a procedure will be followed to resolve the problem.
Within a sizeable staff, different friendship groups or ‘cliques’ will naturally develop. It is up to all teachers to ensure that these ‘cliques’ remain amicable and professional at work.
While on a professional level people will express differing opinions at times during meetings, etc., teachers should always speak to others in a polite, calm and respectful tone.
Under absolutely no circumstances should a foreign teacher express anger towards a colleague in front of students or Thai teachers.
- Keep the teachers’ desk clear for other teachers to use.
- Allow whiteboard space for other teachers to use.
While occasionally the furniture, number of display boards, etc. in classrooms will differ, the school’s intention is to provide all classrooms within a Year Level with exactly the same equipment.
Teachers cannot request additional furniture or other significant alterations to their own classroom.
In Thai culture, the way that things look is VERY important and current and prospective parents WILL judge the school by the school’s appearance. It is the entire staff’s responsibility to ensure that the school maintains bright educational displays and a high level of cleanliness at all times.
All teachers are responsible for updating classroom displays during the school year. As a guide, the font used on displays should be BIG so that students can read it from a distance – as a guide minimum size should be 130 Comic Sans.
- Year 1-3 foreign homeroom teachers are responsible for decorating their own classroom. The Thai teacher who shares the homeroom may help with some displays.
- Year 4-6 teachers are responsible for arranging furniture, etc. in the classroom and maintaining some display boards. All rooms will have designated Mathematics, Science and English boards and the subject teachers are responsible for the content on those display boards. The common boards at the front (or side) of classrooms should be maintained by the Homeroom teachers (Thai and foreign).
- Year 7-12 teachers are responsible for arranging furniture and maintaining displays in their classroom. Heads of Content will provide directions when necessary.
The school requires ALL teachers (Year 1-12) to maintain a ‘fish bowl’ effect in their classroom to allow people to see into the classroom from the corridor. Therefore teachers should not stick anything to windows or glass doors that face the corridor.
The school has invested an enormous amount of money to provide modern and attractive classrooms for teachers and students.
By its nature, the school will have a reasonable turnover of foreign teachers each year. Although some foreign teachers may only work at the school for 1-2 years, they are expected to take ownership of classrooms and resources to ensure that they are preserved for future years.
In order to preserve classrooms, under no circumstances stick anything to painted walls or doors with sticky tape, glue, blu-tac, etc..
Teachers should never use ‘thinner’ to clean permanent pen or stubborn stains off whiteboards as this may damage the whiteboards.
All classrooms are fitted with Samsung smartboards. Year Coordinators will provide guidance on how to use these if required. New teachers are encouraged to use these as often as possible to ensure that they familiarize themselves with their operation.
Teachers should keep the remote control/s for any electrical devices in classrooms under the smartboard.
Immediately after the Thai National Anthem a secondary school student will lead all students in saying the school prayer (in Thai or English) over the school public announcement system. All students and teachers (Thai and foreign) should place their hands together for the prayer. While the prayer is being said, teachers should stand still with their hands in prayer position (same as students). They should not move up and down lines at this time unless absolutely necessary.
- Monday: announcements
- Tuesday: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read)
- Wednesday: Meditation
- Thursday and Friday: Certificates, Special Ceremonies
- Ensure the students in their homeroom class are quiet and well behaved.
- Not talk or play with students.
- Not talk to colleagues unless they are discussing work matters. In this event, conversations should be kept very short.
- Remain in the assembly area for the entire duration of the morning assembly (National Anthem, prayer and announcements) every day.
Each Monday morning, the Assumption College Song is added to the morning assembly. Teachers should show the same respect for this song as they do for the National Anthem.
Teachers may be asked to prepare display boards around the school during the year. If this occurs, the displays will normally have a theme, for example Father’s Day, Christmas, etc..
If a group of staff are asked to prepare the display, they are required to work together regardless of other duties, teaching, etc. – all staff are busy.
Teachers are encouraged to be creative when preparing displays. Most importantly, displays should appear attractive as we want to ensure that we exude a professional image to current and prospective parents.
- The displays should appear quite ‘full’ (not too sparse)
- Displays that are predominantly photos should be reasonably symmetrical and balanced (not random arrangements that may make the display look as though it was prepared quickly).
- When printing photos they should almost fill an entire piece of A4 paper (not centred with a 5cm border) or at least all photos should have the same sized border.
- If staff are assigned to prepare the display they should remove the current display and discuss its storage with the Head of Foreign Affairs (especially if it can possibly be ‘recycled’ the following year).
The display board layouts can be found HERE
Year 1-2 students will eat their lunch on the Ground Floor of the Ave Maria Building. Year 3 students will eat their lunch in the canteen under the Trinity Building.
- Walk students to the lunch room at 11.30 am and assist students in an orderly style.
- When arriving in the lunch room, the teacher should direct all students to line up in two orderly lines at the door.
- The teachers should walk the students to their assigned table in two orderly lines and stay to supervise them.
- While supervising students eating their lunch, the teacher should pour water for all students in their class and stay with them until most students have finished eating.
- Students should ask teachers for permission to leave the table when they have finished eating.
Some students may on occasions make excuses to not go to the canteen, although primary teachers are required to take all students in the class to the canteen.
ALL Thai and foreign teachers in both the Primary and Secondary school should NEVER leave students unattended in classrooms during breaks.
At the conclusion of lessons prior to breaks all Thai and foreign teachers must ensure that students are sent outside of the classroom (without exception).
Staying in classrooms during breaks may be a punishment for not completing work, etc.. In this case however, the teacher must be present AND the student’s friends should not be allowed to wait for him in the classroom (or corridor).
- Students should remain in the corridors on their classroom floor.
- Teachers will be rostered to supervise students.
- Classroom doors should be closed and students should remain outside.
- At the conclusion of the break, students should line up outside their classroom.
- If teachers are teaching after morning break then they should be ready to leave the Teachers’ Room BEFORE the period starting time.
- After eating their lunch students are allowed to play in the designated areas of the school playground (these are advised at the beginning of the school year and are revised from time to time depending on the condition of the grass on the fields).
- Students are NOT allowed up on classroom floors at these times for safety reasons.
- Teachers will be rostered to supervise students in the playground. At these times, teachers should be focused on their duty. They should not take a book to read, etc.
- At the conclusion of lunch breaks, music will be played. Primary students will line up in the centre courtyard of the Regina Coeli Building and Secondary students may walk upstairs and line up outside their classroom.
- If teachers are teaching or leading another activity after lunch break then they should be ready to leave the Teachers’ Room immediately when the music begins.
By their contract, teachers are required to teach a maximum of twenty hours face to face per week. In addition, teachers are rostered for various duties.
When allocating teaching hours, the subject matter taught by each teacher, associated preparation and marking time are considered by the school.
Teachers are expected to know their weekly schedule well and therefore be punctual to their classes.
All the timetables (teacher and class timetables) can be found in ACEP Shared Files.
New teachers should seek clarification of this routine from their Year Coordinator / Head of Content.
- to provide moral guidance to students
- to build a class community spirit
- Year Assemblies
- to increase the students’ basic level of literacy (reading activities for example)
- to provide skills that support the curriculum for subjects taught by the foreign teachers
It is the Homeroom teacher’s responsibility to ensure that these activities are completed during Homeroom Periods, regardless of the subject that they teach (in the case of Year 4-12 teachers). Teachers should not replace these activities with DVD’s, playing games, etc. under any circumstances.
- Students to copy homework into their diaries.
- Distribution of letters from the school, etc.
- Reminders about special events the following day (associated uniform, etc.).
- Students to clean their classroom.
If homework is a term project, teachers should check students’ progress regularly, not just collect the projects at the due date.
PRIMARY TEACHERS: It is an individual teacher’s responsibility to ensure that students return their completed homework by keeping records. The punishment for students who forget to return their homework is determined at Year Level at the beginning of the school year and should be enforced by each teacher.
Thai parents expect homework to be collected and checked by teachers. Teachers should not use the excuse that the students ‘didn’t return it to me’ for failing to check homework. Teachers must ‘chase’ homework that has not been returned.
NOTE – During Summer School ALL primary teachers must place a ‘Homework’ section on the whiteboard in their homeroom classroom using permanent marker. This will be used during the school year.
SECONDARY TEACHERS: In order to teach students a sense of responsibility, teachers should expect their students to submit their homework by the required date. If they fail to do so the teachers should give them a reminder to submit the work the following day. Students will be penalised for failing to submit homework after a reminder.
Primary and Secondary students should always be accompanied by a teacher when walking to a different learning area in the school (for example to PE lessons, Computer lessons, Science Lab lessons, Music lessons, etc.).
Teachers should make every effort to ensure that students are quiet and sensible at these times. Primary classes should walk TOGETHER. As a guide there should not be more than 10 metres between the first and last students in the line. Teachers should set this expectation to students from the start of the school year.
Teachers should check and return students’ completed work within 2-3 school days. Teachers should not allow numerous pages of work to accumulate unchecked. Some general rules for checking students work are:
- Tick or cross EVERY question/answer.
- Write the correct answer when students make an error OR direct the students to try again and then re-check the work (writing the correct answer if necessary).
- Marking as a class or peer marking can be appropriate and beneficial for students learning. However, if teachers use this method they need to personally re-check and sign these pages.
- With the exception of regular activities like weekly spelling tests, teachers should NEVER write a numerical score on work that they have checked as this has the potential to cause problems with parents who will assume that the task was an assessment activity and scrutinise it incredibly closely.
- Teachers should always initial and date work when they finished checking it. If the work checked was several pages of a textbook, teachers may write their initials and date on the last page that they checked only.
Teachers who have a free period prior to a teaching period should always leave the Teachers’ Room a few minutes prior to the period starting time stated on timetables to ensure that they are not late to teach.
If a Thai teacher is teaching in the classroom, foreign teachers should not enter the classroom until it is clearly obvious that the Thai teacher has directed students to pack away their books, etc. (this is cultural). Teachers should wait outside the classroom until this time.
If a foreign colleague is teaching in the classroom, teachers should not enter the classroom before the end of the period to avoid interrupting the conclusion of the previous lesson (unless they are invited in). Again, teachers should wait outside the classroom until that time.
When teachers have finished teaching they should direct all students to pack their books away, ready to begin learning the next subject. When teachers have finished teaching they (or a student) should clean the whiteboard ready for the next teacher to use.
Teachers should always ensure that students keep the classroom tidy while teaching and leave the desks and chairs neat and orderly.
Under all circumstances teachers should avoid leaving students unattended. If you have an ‘emergency’ (e.g. – accident, student with toilet issues OR personal toilet issues, etc.) while teaching, direct the class leader to watch the class and send a student to the Teachers’ Room to ask a colleague to assist OR tell a colleague in an adjacent classroom that you have to leave.
Teachers should always remember that they are employed to teach content AND English every lesson. They should constantly stress correct pronunciation and avoid the trap of speaking or accepting ‘Tenglish’ (Thai English) from students. Teachers should also avoid speaking ‘Tenglish’ with Thai colleagues.
Teachers should also be aware that Thai parents and teachers are generally very good spellers. Teachers must be careful with their own spelling and regularly consult with a dictionary if they know that they are a weak speller – especially when preparing displays, worksheets or corresponding with parents.
When a teacher has finished teaching a lesson and the next teacher has not yet arrived to teach the class, then the procedure below should be followed:
- FREE the following period – If you are free the following period then you are asked to wait with the class until the next teacher arrives. If after five minutes the teacher has not arrived then send a student to the Teachers’ Room to politely advise/remind the colleague that it is time for them to teach.
- TEACHING the following period – If a teacher has to teach another class then they should follow the time on their timetable and move to the next class leaving the first class unattended. However, they should direct students to sit quietly and direct the class leader to watch the class before they leave the classroom.
As ACEP is a new school it is important that all teachers follow the same standards to provide parents with a professional image.
When preparing a worksheet, all foreign teachers should always follow the procedure below:
- Include “Name, Class, Number and Date (Year 1 – Year 12)
- Divide sections on the worksheet using numbers (1, 2, 3 or Roman Numerals) rather than ‘bullets’ so that teachers can easily refer to a section when discussing the worksheet with students.
- Check thoroughly for mistakes.
- Give to a colleague to check for errors/suggestions.
- Years 1-3 only should use a font that is similar to printed handwriting. For example, Comics Sans font.
Behaviour regulations for primary and secondary students are clearly explained in the annual Students’ Handbook. All teachers are expected to be familiar with this information.
Generally, although very different behaviour management techniques need to be used for managing students of different ages, the points below should relate to all teachers/students regardless of the Year level.
In almost all cases of misbehaviour, initially, Thai and foreign teachers should try to manage all student behaviour issues alone (so the matter does not escalate quickly). Foreign teachers of younger Year Levels may seek the assistance of their Thai co-teacher (at an appropriate time) for translation.
In serious cases, teachers should consult with their Year Coordinator / Head of Content, Head of Foreign Affairs and/or staff from the Student Affairs office who will teachers to deal with extremely serious or ongoing behaviour problems.
Particularly in the primary school, Thai students respond well to positive reinforcement. They are also very competitive and teachers are encouraged to motivate and manage their class by using a Group Points system. New teachers should ask colleagues to explain this system.
At the beginning of each school year teachers are expected to establish a classroom routine that clearly sets expectations and boundaries for students. It will be necessary for teachers to re-set their expectations throughout the school year at times when the class becomes unsettled.
At certain times if there are behaviour problems frequently arising in a class, teachers are advised to stop teaching and re-set their expectations rather than allowing students to be rude (talking continuously, etc. while the teacher is teaching).
During the school year, if teachers have an ongoing problem with a student’s behaviour they should ensure that they have tried a variety of teaching strategies before seeking assistance from others. This is to avoid escalating matters until absolutely necessary so that we don’t run out of consequences.
The strategies may be simple things like:
- staggered transitions within lessons
- non-verbal desists
- praise for compliance
- suggesting alternate behaviour
- separating troublesome students
- in-class timeout before sending students to administrators assigned to assist with severe behaviour cases.
Teachers should also remain involved in the ‘discipline’ of their students as required. Teachers should not tell the colleague about the problem and then walk away thinking that their job is done unless that person asks you to leave so that they can speak with the student alone.
If a teacher sees a colleague disciplining a student they should not try to assist or become involved unless the colleague indicates that they would like input from another teacher. As a general rule, in Years 4-12, the Homeroom teacher should be involved to some extent in disciplining students for serious misbehaviour during the lessons of another teacher.
Some final points regarding the management of student behaviour:
- If teachers have ongoing problems managing student behaviour they should reflect upon their own teaching methods and the rapport they have developed with students. This is not to say that they are a ‘bad teacher’ but as all teachers learned during teacher training many student behaviour problems are correlated with the teacher’s teaching or management style and can possibly be solved by the teacher making changes to their own teaching methods.
- Teachers are not allowed to send students out into the corridor as a punishment. The exceptions may be when a serious incident (such as a fight) occurs in the classroom and the teacher needs to separate students or wants to speak with them privately. In this latter case the time that the student spends outside the classroom should be no more than a few minutes.
- Yelling at students, slamming classroom doors or using other management methods which could be perceived by others as aggressive or interfere with lessons in adjoining classrooms should never be used by teachers.
The school’s aim is to create a happy classroom environment where every student can do his best work without being distracted by others.
Teachers must always maintain a positive attitude to students – even those who do misbehave persistently.
In addition to the school’s overall behaviour plan (as described in the Students’ Handbook), Year Coordinators will lead staff in devising a Positive Reward and Consequence System for students. This system must be used by all teachers who teach that Year Level during the school year.
The system should be explained to students at the beginning of the school year and they should be reminded as a group, during Year Level Assemblies, from time to time.
These will vary between Year Levels.
Teachers should reward students for good or improved behaviour, effort, morals or values, friendship, team work and/or academic work. Teachers should explain why they will reward students and ensure that they award students consistently in the class/Year Level.
Year levels may decide to produce and present awards to students. If so, teachers must keep a record of award recipients to ensure that all students receive awards from time to time and to ensure that individual students do not receive significantly more awards than others.
If Year 4-12 teachers would like to present an award to a student who they are aware has been problematic for a colleague, they should raise the student’s behaviour and progress in a Year Meeting to determine if the timing is appropriate.
Thai culture places great importance on ALL awards, and therefore teachers should make every effort to ensure that they take the award preparation process seriously and prepare awards that look professional – they should not be messy.
Standard for writing on ANY award (Year 1-12):
It is important that all staff maintain a standard when preparing awards, to ensure that ACEP exudes a professional image to parents. When writing on any awards teachers MUST write the information in the format below in a clearly legible script:
- All Year Levels will implement a Timeout System and this will be explained by Year Coordinators.
- Timeout will entail duties for teachers.
- It is important that teachers use the Timeout System consistently so that students are aware that any misbehaviour will result in the same consequence, regardless of the instructor in charge.
On occasions students will be punished with Special Timeout by standing outside a Teachers’ Room (or a similar area). This punishment is for very serious misbehaviour and may be set by an administrator only.
The only staff who should talk to students when they are being punished in this area are their teacher or the administrator. As the students are there for punishment, other staff should not acknowledge or interact with them unless absolutely necessary.
If a student engages in extremely serious misbehaviour, or misbehaves repeatedly, they may be given a special behaviour chart to focus on improving target behaviour/s. This will usually be provided after a parent-teacher conference so all parties are aware of the target behaviour. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their behaviour chart is completed by the teacher at the end of each lesson. However, it is up to the teacher to ensure that they are aware of the target behaviours on the sheet and make a professional judgement primarily about these behaviours only on the behaviour chart. Other minor misbehaviour/s should be addressed with the standard reward/consequence system.
The school requires all classes within a Year Level to use exactly the same worksheets and textbook pages for each subject.
The Lesson Planning system will be explained to new teachers by their Year Coordinator/Head of Content. Basically, teachers within each Year Level or Content Group will be allocated Units of Work to plan.
Actual units of work should be completed in full and submitted to the Year Coordinator/Head of Content for checking two school weeks prior to when the units are to be taught.
Full units of work consist of:
- A Unit Planner
- Individual Lesson Plans
- Associated worksheets or details of textbook pages.
- Associated resources will also be listed in the Lesson Plans.
While teachers are encouraged to ‘recycle’ units of work from previous years, all staff are required to make some improvements to the units that they are assigned to plan. These improvements may include changes to worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, resources, displays, etc..
The teacher who is assigned to plan each unit of work is also responsible for preparing a Unit Evaluation at the end of each unit.
Assessment: Thai culture places great importance on regular testing of students’ progress. This fact is clearly explained to teachers prior to their employment. Although regular formal testing contradicts Western educational practice, ACEP foreign teachers must accept this system.
Assumption College assessment consists of ‘Ongoing Assessment’ and ‘Formative Assessment’ and ‘Summative Assessment’ (formal exam papers four times per year).
Full details of the assessment procedures will be explained by Year Coordinators / Heads of Content.