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The wining teams from Waree Chiang Mai School
Learning from the earth
Three innocent words not to use in an email
International teaching jobs on the web
The wining teams from
Waree Chiang Mai School
Winners in the 4th level division Nopparat
Intarasak, Pongpat Saiwanna, Pariwat Kaopong, Artcharaporn Chaisuk and
The dance team from Waree Chiang Mai School also
received the second runner- up prize for the primary school level. Shown
here are Nattakoon Pimsarn, Julee Phulaiyao, Natsinee Thananchaikarn,
Thayida Sarnpanich. This dance team was instructed by teacher Sirikanda
Phonimdaeng and the award presentation ceremony was held at Central Airport
Waree Chiang Mai School was rewarded with two prizes for a quiz competition
about sufficiency economy theories.
The event was organized by the Association of private schools of Chiang Mai,
and the Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization. The academic
skill contest coincided with the exhibition on education entitled, “The
people of Chiang Mai praise in honor of His Majesty the King on his 80th
birthday anniversary this year”
(3rd level) First runner-up prize winners shown
here are Warapol Suriya, Pornpavee Rerkvichai, Plat Rakchuimkong, Sarun
Limpreedeekul and Kamolrat Tochinda.
Learning from the earth
Prem Center opens new educational farm
Several weeks ago grade eleven students at the Prem Tinsulanonda
International School gathered outside the cafeteria in the morning rain.
Instead of wearing their usual blue uniforms, the students wore old t-shirts
and sneakers, prepared for a service project at a local organic farm. This
farm, in fact, was extremely local. The students only needed to walk a few
hundred meters past a cricket pitch and tennis courts to arrive at Prem
Center’s new educational farm.
smells and sights of a farm were a surprise, but as Sifan Zeng remarked,
“Sometimes you have to learn things the hard way. You learn what people have
to do to make food, and where food comes from.”
For many of the eleventh graders, the service project was a first visit to
not only the Prem farm, but any farm at all. The initial tasks were to dig a
new compost pit and build furniture. Though the work was difficult, the
students eagerly shoveled compost and sawed lumber. The smells and sights of
a farm were a surprise, but as Sifan Zeng remarked, “Sometimes you have to
learn things the hard way. You learn what people have to do to make food,
and where food comes from.” And for the most part, getting their hands dirty
was fun. Another student, Kiran Delneuville, joked, “We smelled like
roses—it was something that actually made us want to shower!”
The Prem farm is a working model of sustainable agriculture. It contains
many elements of a larger organic farm, but on a smaller scale. Rows
intended for different crops and plants surround an orchard. The trees are
currently bearing delicious, organic lemons. There are pens with pigs and
goats, though no animals are slaughtered. The farm is still unfinished, but
it is already a place where students at PTIS can learn a great deal.
The inspiration for the farm comes from His Majesty the King. The King’s
agricultural projects have brought benefits to millions of people in rural
Thailand. These projects emphasize small-scale agriculture, appropriate
farming technologies, sustainable use of water resources, and environmental
conservation. In addition to the biology and chemistry of farming, these are
the concepts that the Prem farm aims to teach.
The farm became a reality with the arrival of Ajarn Sheena Jackson to
campus. Previously, Sheena worked with the Prem Center Magic Eyes Barge, an
outdoor environmental educational program that takes students on field-trips
along the Chao Phraya River and elsewhere. Having experience with
educational organic farms in the past, she looked for a place to start one
in Thailand. Fortunately, there was agricultural land already adjacent to
Prem Center. Soon the land was cleared and ready for integration with the
The idea of sustainability underlies the Prem farm. In recent years, this
concept has become only more urgent. Sheena believes it is necessary for
young people to interact with the environment and understand how the world
operates. “The consumption of food is often completely separated from its
production. The farm offers an experience where kids can get a little dirty,
but also learn what happens on a farm, where food comes from. It helps them
make a connection back to the earth.”
An important part of this education is the passing of traditional knowledge
of the land to a new generation, a focus of His Majesty’s Royal Projects.
Sheena believes that the farm can help “convince people that using local
wisdom can make a better planet now. Rather than relying on the tools of
conventional farming, such as pesticides, the students can begin to see
other, better ways of doing things.” While these can be taught in a
classroom, they are best understood with hands-on experience working with
the land. Opportunities found in the Prem farm are rare in Thailand, and its
educational benefits are unique.
In addition to environmental education, the farm offers interdisciplinary
possibilities across the entire International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
of the school. Students in the IB Diploma and Middle Years Program (MYP) can
learn can learn plant cell structure, taxonomy of species, and soil
chemistry, but also the historical, economic, and sociological aspects of
food production. Younger students in the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) can
explore the ecosystem of the farm, gaining valuable and fun experiences in
The choice of crops also will contribute to the education of students. All
of the plants and vegetables necessary to make specific meals will be
planted together. Students can harvest long beans, pumpkins, and basil, for
example, and cook a dish from these ingredients alone. Sheena also hopes
that organic produce from the farm can contribute to meals in the Prem
cafeteria. Students could eat these fresh fruits and vegetables knowing
exactly where the food was produced. An additional row of food will be
planted for local charities.
A final opportunity the farm provides students is community service. As part
of the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) component of the IB curriculum,
students must gain experience outside of their academic education. The hard
work of students at the farm helps serve their larger community. In their
trip to the farm, the eleventh graders earned service hours toward their CAS
requirements of the IB Diploma. Their trip, part of the first term Day Out
program for the entire senior school, was only one of many activities
planned for other grades.
In the spirit of service, eleventh grader Alexis Cook commented, “After I
finished working at the farm, I felt like I had done something useful.”
Another student, Yuxin Xu, remarked, “I loved learning how to build the
furniture for the farm. It is a good thing to know how to do.” Supervising
the field trip, Sheena Jackson noted their enthusiasm despite the
unfamiliarity of the farm and the difficulty of the work, commenting, “It
was awesome to see different parts of the farm completed with their help.”
The students also picked some of the first produce of the farm, taking fresh
lemons home with them.
The Prem farm should be planted and completely ready by the beginning of
January. In the meantime, students at PTIS will already enjoy and benefit
from the new opportunity just down the road.
Three innocent words
not to use in an email
MailChimp conducted a study of its customers’ email
campaigns and found that some of the most harmless words can spell disaster
when included in email subject lines. Because of bulging inboxes and an
endless torrent of spam, the study found that readers treat new emails as
guilty until proven innocent. The study concluded that if an email marketer
wants their emails to get read, both by friends and business contacts, there
are a few words that a marketer would be well served to avoid.
Based on the results of this study, MailChimp has created a list of the top
3 words to avoid in a subject line based on analysis of over 200 million
Never put the word “help” in the subject title. It may be like a crime in
progress where passer-bys keep on walking, or maybe most readers have just
reached their respective capacity to “help”, but most readers do not respond
to this word. The reluctance to open “help” messages may also stem from
well-known scams asking for assistance. The most common source for these
scams is Nigeria. You can read more about email scams in the New York Times.
While it may be counterintuitive, the stronger the commercial pitch in the
subject line, the less likely it’s going to be read. Consumers have had to
become savvy in navigating their email inbox - as soon as an email smells
like a sleazy offer, it’s zapped with the delete button.
Always avoid using the word “reminder” in the subject line. If a marketer
needs to send out a reminder, MailChimp recommends avoiding the word
“reminder” and, instead, communicate in the subject line that there is
useful information inside that the reader is going to want. Analogous to
“reminder” is repeating the same subject line for a particular event and
sending out several emails in advance. The first email may get read, but
after that it’s splitsville.
The three innocuous words above are joining the rank of other
all-too-popular spammy words like: Free, Sex, Cialis, etc. Not only will an
email not get read if the subject line or body is peppered with these spam
words, odds are it won’t even get to the reader. And getting an HTML email
to the targeted inbox has become even more of a challenge, thanks to
firewalls and spam filters. The net result is an obliterated email that
never gets to the intended recipient.
By avoiding the three words mentioned above, email marketers should be more
successful in getting their intended audience to open their emails.
jobs on the web
TeachAbroad.com, GoAbroad .com’s directory of
international teaching positions, is now enhanced to become a more extensive
resource with improved usability, making it easier for its millions of
visitors to find the newest paid teaching positions and the most
comprehensive teaching resources.
GoAbroad.com, provider of the most comprehensive international education and
alternative travel directories on the Internet, has launched its newly
remodeled website, TeachAbroad.com, now designed to constantly provide fresh
international teaching positions and resources for teachers.
TeachAbroad.com has been connecting potential teachers to different
international teacher placements worldwide since 1999. Jobs and programs are
available for English teachers, volunteer and intern teachers, and teachers
of language, academics, and arts and skills. To adapt to the changing
demands of its growing number and variety of visitors, TeachAbroad.com is
now enhanced to become an extensive resource with improved usability.
The remodeled TeachAbroad .com has a new section, Hot Jobs, which brings to
the surface content that is most valuable to its visitors - paid teaching
job openings. The Hot Jobs section makes it even easier and faster for
teachers to find the newest paid teaching jobs available in different
countries. TeachAbroad.com also addresses the increased demand for English
teachers by prominently displaying TEFL Certification Programs and the TEFL
Calendar along with the Hot Jobs. The TEFL Calendar allows visitors to look
at a TEFL course based on the dates and location of the course and the TEFL
provider, making planning their TEFL certification easier.
In addition to these features, TeachAbroad.com’s Teaching Resources now has
an interactive section where teachers can share:
- Teaching ideas - creative ideas for effective teaching and for spicing up
a boring class
- Teaching Strategies - approaches to teaching concerns like time
management, handling large classes, coping with language barriers, and other
- ESL Resources such as common slang words and idioms
As a comprehensive resource for experienced and new teachers alike, the
Teaching Resources has a beginner’s guide, Is Teaching Abroad For You?,
which gives the lowdown on requirements, costs, and answers to teaching
abroad FAQs. There are also links to online TEFL certification, online
teacher training, and weekend TEFL courses.
TeachAbroad.com’s Country Search Option, a common feature among GoAbroad.
com’s directories, allows visitors to see available teaching jobs based on
their country of interest.
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