Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
I'm an American, originally from the Midwest, but I've lived and taught English in Thailand now for 33 years. I love teaching and discussing the art of teaching, as well as getting new ideas to bring to my classroom. My hobbies are reading (I'm mainly a fiction addict but also enjoy memoir), water color (I'm VERY amateur!), and spending time playing mindless Facebook games like Bejeweled Blitz and Cafe World!
I believe that everyone can learn and that attitude is a major factor in success. I try to get my students to focus on what they CAN do rather than what they can't and to always challenge themselves. I try to keep the atmosphere in my classroom relaxed; we need to feel comfortable with each other to work together in a teacher-student partnership There are times when I feel direct instruction (teacher led) is necessary, and times when students will learn best by independent work or tackling things as a group.