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.