วันพุธที่ 6 กุมภาพันธ์ พ.ศ. 2551

A good teacher in my View

บทความนี้ข้าพเจ้าเขียนขึ้นปีที่แล้ว เมื่อครั้งที่ข้าพเจ้าไปเป็นครูที่โรงเรียน Northcoast preparatory and Performing Arts Academy in USA....ได้รับแรงบันดาลใจจากการสังเกตการทำงานของ Dr.Jean Bazemore ซึ่งเป็นผู้อำนวยการของโรงเรียนแห่งนี้ และบทความนี้ได้รับการพิมพ์เผยแพร่ใน วารสารและเวบไซต์ ของ มูลนิธิเอเอฟเอส อเมริกา นิวยอร์ค



" Give me a fish and I eat for a day, teach me to fish and I eat for a life time."

This is the difference a teacher can make in a person's life......
ให้ปลาแก่ฉัน ฉันได้กินเพียงวันเดียว สอนฉันตกปลา ฉันได้กินตลอดชีวิต

What makes a good teacher ?

Who is the best teacher ?
ใครคือ ครูที่ดีที่สุด

I fear answering this , knowing that there are many fine teachers all with different personalities and teaching styles. I will try to determine , in my view , three of the essential qualities of a good teacher :
ข้าพเจ้า กลัวที่จะตอบคำถามนี้ อย่างที่เรารู้ มีครูดีๆ หลายคน แตกต่างกันไปทั้งบุคลิกลักษณะและสไตล์การสอน สำหรับความคิดของข้าพเจ้าแล้ว ครูที่ดีควรจะมีคุณลักษณะที่ดีดังนี้

1. Basic knowledge of his / her subject.

2. A passion for teaching - born of the belief that everyone has the ability and the

right to an education.
มีความปรารถนาดีที่จะสอน -เชื่อว่าทุกคนสามารถสอนได้

3. Good communication skills.


Back ground knowledge is both the grasp of a realm of knowledge and a way of

Looking at the world. It is not only an affair of the classroom , but also at its best ,

knowledge is a way of life. It requires curiosity and the ability to find new meaning

in familiar data , the ability to understand things in context , and to relate minute data

to general theories. With out a basic knowledge of his/ her subject , at a teacher best

hinders the progress of his / her students. By passing along inaccurate or blatantly

incorrect information , a teacher runs the risk of endangering students and others.

We certainly want a teacher with good knowledge to teach in the medical schools!!!

I am certain that the first English language instruction I received in my fifth grade

class discouraged many of the students from continuing their English language

studies. For if they tried to use the English being taught by my first English teacher,

they would never be understood by a native speaker. Because my primary school

was very rural , we did not have the luxury of a degree English teacher. My first

English teacher had a very elementary understanding of English. She had not the

slightest idea how to pronounce many of the words in English. For example , a

simple word like " the " , she taught us to pronounce as " tee - hee ". She was doing

the best she could , but we developed many incorrect habits and misunderstandings

that were difficult to correct. After 2 years of English in Namkam village , I could

neither read nor write in English ; all I had learned was the alphabet and the numbers

0 - 100. I learned how to write my own name however , I was 1 of 3 only students

able to do so. In high school I worked very hard to improve my English , but it was

not until I went to Rajabhat Institute Buriram University that I had the chance to

study English with a native speaker . At last I began making progress!!!

The second characteristic , a passion for teaching , is not something you can learn

from a book. Nor does a high score on the TOEFL test guarantee that you will be a

good English teacher. Good teaching that encourages enthusiastic learners - comes

from within like a calling from the heart . The passion it comes to your mind that you

want to become a teacher , or you would never. The passion is important to build

personal qualities or unity of character too.

Dr. Jeanne Bazemore , the Principal of North Coast Preparatory and Performing Arts

Academy , Arcata , California is very good example this. She teaches with her head and

with her heart. She believes students can do or learn well if they are supported and

encouraged. I will not forget the cold moonlit night when we celebrated the Loy

Krathong ceremony on the Moonstone beach. Accompanied by several students and

their parents , teachers and Dr. Bazemore ( 70 years old on bundled up in a big heavy

coat ) We set the flower - filled floating bowls with the gentle waves . The light from

the candle danced across the smiling faces of everyone , warming the hearts of all. That I

knew students learned through their head and through their heart to understand other

culture and the world . Dr. Bazemore knows the name of every students and calling

them by name , always greeting students and colleagues pleasantly. She often asks a

student about something that had earlier worried him / her i.e ; Suesan , is your mother

recovering from her surgery ? , She resists being the sarcastic , or funny , when a

students makes a foolish comment in class. She tells a student the unvarnished truth ,

privately i.e ; John , I honestly suspect you...' , George , you are not working hard

enough " . She never gives up on a student , or categorize or band him / her

permanently. She is a poet , weaving with her colorful magic language from a passion

for her subject. Dr. Jeanne Bazemore is the great school principal and teacher that I

never met before !!!

The third quality of a good teacher is good communication skill with students. That is

can not found through a test either. It would be like studying acting through post. Either

you have it or you do not , if it is with you , it grows with experience. A good teacher

knows the difference between asking students to listen to you and hear you - and acting

upon it. A good teacher hear students and question them thoroughly enough to know just

how they see are confused by an issue. A good teacher show that you can change your

mind , when evidence and logic suggest it. Being on the edge of your subject and

interests ; exhibiting the some question in your field that you would have your students

feel. Perceiving the results of class as " my students know ABC " rather than " I

covered ABC in my class " and knowing the difference between two. A good teacher is

friend with students but not buddies ; the obligations of the latter relationship limit one's

freedom to teach well and caring about kids that make a difference.

Again I will use Dr. Jeanne Bazemore as an example. On the first day of school , all

students and teachers gathered in the main hall for an exercise in. Dr. Bazemore asked

students about what they can do to bring great peace and harmony into the world ?

Students worked in group of 5-6 together with freshman , sophomore , senior and junior

include exchange students. They shared ideas , discussed and presented by acting

through their ideas. Dr. Bazemore listened with her heart and critical thinking how she

can teach students to become a good people in this world ?....

This school , North Coast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy ( NPA ) formerly

known as Big Lagoon Charter school presents a rigorous college preparatory program

with a strong emphasis on the arts and sciences. Their curriculum includes critical

thinking , travel , musical and dramatic performances , community service , analytical

and creative writing , and university-level courses. Students are also encouraged to

participate in courses taught at College of the Redwoods and at Humboldt State

University , where Principal , Dr. Jean Bazemore , is a Professor Emeritus. She believes

in the importance of nurturing young people so that they are willing to look and see the

world around them in a new way. She seeks to " provide creative , innovative and

effective ways through which students can make positive contributions to enhance the

quality of life for themselves and for others. " In keeping with the school's mission and

vision , all NPA juniors and seniors participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB)

program and are candidates for an IB Diploma. The IB Program is a challenging ,

internationally designed two-year curriculum , and the diploma is widely recognized by

the world's leading universities. A primary goal of the IB program is to develop

inquiring , knowledge able and caring young people who help to create a better and more

peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Which component of

the teaching is more important ? If it knowledge , or the ability to pass it on ? Well ; it

very much depends on the class one is teaching. If you are in a post graduate class ,

knowledge is more important than presentation. The students of the class are filtered

stuff. They expect information from the teacher. Half the knowledge is where to find it ,

but if one is teaching in a school or plus two class , the ability to communicate

is more important than the knowledge itself. Here teaching is innovation become true.

Teachers have to find independent , natural and new methods for presentation of the

subject and the topics. The emphasis has to be more on how to tell than what to tell.

Guiding the student in such a way that the student discovers the facts , assumable a

theory and figures a way to test the truth of it.

In sense everyone in the world is teacher. We teach our children , our parents , our co-
worker varies times in our lives.
How ever, some of us become success ed great teachers. I believe this happen when a teacher believes in the power of education.
When you teach with the belief that everyone can learn. When the student does not learn the way the teacher teaches, then the good teacher finds a way to teach so that the student can learn. Those who are successful in these respects alone can become good teachers at this stage. Even with a limited knowledge a person can become a good teacher , if she / he has abilities.

My mother , Mrs.Seeda Pakpain who has influenced my decision to become a teacher. She is a farmer and she finished only grade 4 but she had taught me well with all of her knowledge. She has high aptitude and good communication skill but her knowledge is limited !!. She wanted me to become an English teacher a language that she never learned but recognized it is importance as a universal language.

By believing in me and supporting me the Rogatien Foundation has inspired me , I promise myself to be the best English teacher as I can be. The Rogatien Foundation continued financial and emotional support me to come to USA as AFS Visiting Teacher Program.The Rogatien Foundation has an annual seminar to share knowledge and exchange experiences thereby helping teachers learn new methods , teaching skills and knowledge. With out my mother and the Rogatien Foundation I do not know that how far I could...... THANK YOU SO MUCH that you be here for me.