Tuesday, February 28, 2006

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

And thats it. The final week has gone and finished.

In the end all I did was play games and a little bit of a prize giving to the good kids. But to the bad ones all that happened was the Activity Book!

I had decided in my heart, maybe as long ago as November last year, that I would be going home after this year and wouldnt stay for another year.

In some ways, I will be sad to leave Thailand and in others I will be glad. I wouldnt say there is one particular thing that made up my mind but just a gradual increment of various issues. The lack of respect from students, from Thai teachers, from administration, the no fail policy, the everyday hassles of living, family issues at home, personal timing ( sounds a bit strange I know, but a lot of what I decide to do is when something feels right - buying a flat of my own, moving jobs, changing habits, whatever. It just felt the right time to move back.

As much as I moaned about the various kids, I will miss Beer, Oil, Boss, Benz, Jame, James, Big, Ken, Jack, Golf, Pong, Bill, Fond, Ice, Big, Ford, Babe and all the others.

Whether I made as much of an impression on them as they did on me, I have no idea. Hopefully, I have made a difference. Hopefully, I have made them think I was a fair teacher and applied all the rules equally. Hopefully, I have made some kids reach their potential. Hopefully, I have made the kids stretch themselves and start to actually think instead of being spoonfed. Hopefully, they learnt something.

And that is all you can hope for out here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Doesnt the year finish late march? why are you leaving so early?

lillian said...

Poor you with all the farewells you have to go through. Hope leaving won't be too painful ! I"m glad I can stay...

dongintheklong said...

Bluffer! Back to Glasgow!? I can understand why. Teaching is a pitiful way of making your crust here. Best of luck to you and I hope we can have a drink or two before you leave. BTW, Simon's back from the UK!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Doesnt the year finish late march? why are you leaving so early?



Where did the OB say he's leaving early? Intelligent post, fuckwad. Good job reading for content.

Why don't you go stir your shit somewhere else, Paul?

Anonymous said...

too bad the folks under Bluffer Bridge are going to be hurting for Business...

Anonymous said...

Per your previous posts, it sounds like some of your students this term have made some real progress. Its good to see your adventure end on this high note.

Anonymous said...

so are you saying your still at school?

LDMA said...

Nooo...say it ain't so...is this the end of the tefldailygrind?

CP said...

Good luck Bluff, see you in the Bobby's Arms one day.