Mr. Ratanasak Thongpunya
Although there are various sources to find the required knowledge, which provides an opportunity for extended schools to develop their teaching and learning methods to be more or less equal to the big schools in towns, teaching materials are one of the most important elements that directly affect students’ learning ability . Hence, finding appropriate strategies that promote in-class teaching and learning methods to become more attractive is another way to enhance the performance of teachers. This has the potential to accelerate learning in science and mathematics, which were previously incomprehensible, such as energy, mechanics and motion which were taught in Watlaemfarphar School (an extended school that has participated in the Chevron Enjoy Science: Science Project for the last two years).
Teacher Tae, a master teacher of the project, described the application of the tactics obtained from teacher career development training in his own classrooms. For example, the Gallery Walk tactics, which allows each group of students to watch the activities of another group, and exchange and learn, instead of each group making presentations in front of the class. Not only will this take a short time, it also captures the attention of all students. Teachers Tae learned that when students talk among themselves they understand more than by listening to the teacher. While speaking with their friends, interacting with each other, and witnessing results from real experiments in the classroom, students will be able to explain it to their friends in their own language, which is much clearer than the language of the teacher. In addition, this knowledge exchange has the ability to train them to have the courage to express their opinions as well.
Teachers Tae said that these teaching tactics have positive outcomes for students. Also, the O-NET score has been increasing every year. Five years ago when Teacher Tae was a new teacher, the average O-NET score was 29 points. This year the average score has reached 37. In addition, the rate of students went on to vocational certificate training or senior high school has risen from 70% to 90% and the majority of students chose to study in technical fields.