Friday, 25 September 2009
A Pizza Party for Thai Students, Isaan Thailand.
Today at school we had a very important ceremony to start the day. The students were made to stand out on the wet football court and then partake in this exciting ceremony.
Some students were being issued with certificates. I have never come across a place that issues so many certificates, Students get certificates for nearly anything the participate in or do.
Today the certificates bordered on the side of lunacy. The certificates today were for, a beautiful Thai greeting (wai), and having a neat and tidy uniform, and being a polite student. Did the first period need to be interrupted for this? I don’t think so. Just give the certificates to the students in their classes and not embarrass them in front of everyone. That is just my opinion.
Today I had a party for some of the students I teach. The students, who have worked hard and earned 20 stamps from me, for all sorts of things get to attend the party. They get stamps for completing their work well, neat and tidy workbooks, participating in class activities and so forth.
They were presented with a certificate, only joking. There were given pizza, chips and of course soft drinks. I bought the pizzas from Pepper’s Bakery and they were a big hit. The kids all knew they weren’t the usual horrible Pizza Company. I have been to Pizza Company once here in Ubon and wrote about that experience, actually only once in my entire time in Thailand. I have eaten pizzas from Pizza Company as there isn’t much choice when people buy Pizza in Ubon, until now.
Pepper’s Bakery started an afternoon until evening pizza menu and I hadn’t had a chance to go and buy a pizza from the gang there. Also another place has opened cooking genuine Italian food called Spago, I have heard and read great things about this place as well. I hope to visit Spago in my coming holidays and try some of the food on the menu.
Back to Pepper’s pizzas, they were huge and they tasted good, very good. I only got to taste a little of each one and the meat lovers, BBQ chicken and also sweet chilli chicken were sensational.
The students were saying the pizzas were delicious and where I had bought them and then had to open the internet site on the computer and download the map for them. I showed them pictures of the food in the website and I am sure that some kids will be now asking their parents for a trip to Peppers for a meal and the delicious cakes.
Back to the party, the primary 1 students seemed to really enjoy the chips and soft drink a lot and hovered about the sweet sugary drinks. The students were all enquiring if they could attend the next party in December. I told them that if they acquired another 20 stamps they surely could attend.
Outside the room of the party, some students had gathered and occasionally popped their heads into the classroom to ask for a piece of pizza or a drink and were politely told to, ‘go away.’
I haven't blogged a lot of late. I have been busy compiling test, doing revision with the students and just today the students sat their final exams.
I still remember and have the first tests I made five years ago and how badly formatted they were, actually how bad the content was as well. I am not ashamed to admit this. I was green and had a lot to learn. My tests now are much better, formatted that is.
The students usually sit 5 tests in each 10 week block of school. I do not test once at the end of each semester for their 20 exam marks, this is too unfair. I break the 20 marks up over the 4 or 5 tests in the 10 week period.
Above is the primary 1 test. This is the 4th test they have completed this last 10 week block. It is geared towards the students being able to recognise the main vocabulary we have learnt over the past 10 weeks. Also write some number between 5 to 10 and some basic classroom commands.
On page two was much the same, some word to picture identification, plus some individual creativity by letting students draw a toy that they have and colour and write about it. All in all an easy test, you would think so anyway.
The primary 5 test was a little more involved, this is their 5th test in this 10 week period. In this test they had to differentiate between using “for” and “since”. This was the hardest part of the test I thought and we had revised this topic well and most seemed to grasp the rule on using for and since. What I thought was going to be easy, as the words were from two pages in their books, was simply writing the opposite word of the one given. When I was monitoring the students I was surprised many were having trouble spelling the words.
On page two I thought the simplest exercise was drawing some prepositions of movement. Again we had revised this and most had grasped its concept. And the last part was using “too and enough” with some easy adjectives and again we had revised this well.
And my primary 6 class this was their 5th test in 10 weeks as well. This was fairly easy as it started out with a multiple choice set of questions about 4 places in the world, The Great Barrier Reef, The Eiffel Tower, The Taj Mahal and The Great Wall of China. There was one page in their book that they had to read and remember the information on each place. Also agree or disagree with the speaker on certain statements. All revised well.
The hardest part of this test was making ‘Passive sentences”, we had also revised this and then I thought 90% of the students had understood the use of the passive voice. Also some word groupings where one word doesn’t belong.
Those were the tests, they have been sat and I have to mark them over the weekend and then have students who don’t pass do retests next week before students break up on Wednesday for holidays.
So my weekend is going to be busy, some late nights like tonight are on the cards like tonight as it is now 1.15am.