The class in Thailand
In Bangkok, we have hosted by the Director of a private school in the city. We spent two mornings to discover the school and share good moments with students. Supaporn thanks for your beautiful home!
French students to the Thai students issues
We have repeated the same questions as for the visit of the class in Turkey.
How is the school called? “Supawan school". It is a primary school.
How classes are called? 3 years of kindergarten as in France: small, medium and large section. Primary: class 1 corresponds to the CP - 2nd: CE1 - 3rd: grades 3 - 4: grades 4 - 5: CM2 - 6th: corresponds to the 6th in France but it is still in the primary.
How many students are there approximately in classes? Approximately 20 students per class.
How many are there in all classes in the school? There are 9 classes.
How many days do work each week? 5 days: from Monday to Friday.
What time school begin and at what time it ends? It starts at 8:30 in the morning and ends at 15:30.
Do you have a video projector? Yes, in a special room of the school. A computer and internet access? There is an internet room with multiple computers.
Have a table in chalk or Whiteboard? Most rooms have a Blackboard, but some have a whiteboard.
Have responsibilities in the classroom? Yes: they must clean the class every day. They are responsible for by small group, a group by day of the week.
Have a library in the class? In the class, there is a basket with a few books for those who have finished their work before others. Otherwise there is a large library for the whole school.
What materials do you work? Thai, Math, Science ( 1 h per week of practice and experiences), English, history, music, fine art, sport.
Each course lasts about 1 h and students have a teacher for each subject (as in the college in France)
Are they art? Yes, 1 hour per week. And school "specializes" in artistic expression of pupils, it is something very present in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to draw in all materials: with a writing, science, etc. It is an important principle for the Director: for her, art allows to develop observation and intellectual abilities.
Do sport? There is 1 h course of sport a week.
In the evening, is there a study to do homework? Non. But there are sports and music clubs after school if you want.
They have recreations? How long recess last? There are 3 breaks of 15 minutes a day: morning, lunch after lunch and the afternoon.
Is there a canteen or a buffet for lunch noon? Yes, there is a dining room for all students.
What time does is the lunch break held? It takes place from 12:30 to 13:30.
Do exit school? Which? There are two outputs school per year. Two in particular are important in schooling:
-one in 1st class (CP) where kids are going to see how rice is grown in fields. they learn respect for food and the importance of not to throw in.
-another where children will encounter a Buddhist monk who reminds them of the rules of good behaviour, and introduces them to meditation.
A few other details
-school year starts in may and completed in March. There is a month of holidays in October and a little less than 2 months around April. There are a few small vacation 2 - 3 days in the year, but that is all. These small holidays are for Buddhist religious feasts whose dates are not fixed as they vary depending on the moon. Ah yes and then also: here, we are not in 2014 but in 2557! This isn't the same schedule as us!
-Students must work 200 days per year at the school.
-There are exams graded throughout the year. And at the end of the 6th, a grand national to pass examination.
-All students have a uniform particular at her school (one for the 'normal' course, and one for sport)
-In prior to entering a classroom, as before entering a house in Thailand, removed his shoes. Then students as teachers are socks for courses!
-Writing Thai is quite complex. It takes a lot to train to write well.
-Each child receives from the Government a brick of milk per day.
-Every morning at 8: 00, students sing the national anthem in hoisting the flag of the country.
-From what we saw while traveling, architecture schools is somewhat the same. The building is L or U shaped, hallways between classes are outdoor and overlook the course in the middle. It's very nice!
-This is a private school. In Thailand, there are (expensive) private schools, government schools (a bit cheaper), and municipal schools (free, but the education of lower quality).
-On Thursday, the students do not dress with their uniform: they come dressed in traditional Thai costume! This is colorful, it's very pretty. We went to school a Tuesday and a Thursday: you can see the different outfits on the photos.
-Friday afternoon, students have a course they chose at the beginning of the year: food, dance, English, music...
-the school hosts many disabled children (down's syndrome, mental retardation). There are 1 to 2 (maximum) per class. A worker takes part for certain materials, but they are embedded in most of the courses.
-On were impressed by the calm of the students. Of course, sometimes they bicker a bit, but the prof just needs to say 2 words and they stop immediately...