Janpha Thadphoothon is a lecturer of business English at the Faculty of Arts , Dhurakij Punit University in Bangkok, Thailand
He enjoys bike riding (cycling) and swimming. He also enjoys creative writing.
The Akita Instructional Model or AIM is a method for the development of students’ knowledge, skills, and mindsets so as to enable them to discover the issues or problems on their own. It is an inquiry-based method.
Within the model, the students are also expected to communicate, interact so as to deal with the problem or issue and deal with it by themselves – enhancing their agencies. They are expected to ask questions and seek out help and support their classmates or from other sources such as the Internet.
The key components of AIM are: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Criticality, and Responsibility. They are responsible for their own learning.
The emphasis is on self-discovery and support by peers and teachers.
There are four main stages:
1) Students are encouraged to observe phenomena – natural and social
2) students then develop their own ideas – through reading and setting hypotheses
3) students work in small groups discussing the issues – seeking more stimuli
4) students reflect on their learning – They review the lessons and the learning methods.
Example: The teacher may ask or show the class a photograph of a polluted canal. It can be a short video clip. The students watch the video and observe the phenomenon.
Salient Features of AIM: – Active participation – students actively participate in the learning process – Process-based – Learning is a process – Cooperation as a value – Communication – Self-discovery (SATORI moments)
UNESCO or the United nations for Education, Science, and Culture Organization recognizes and acknowledges many poets around the words, and one of such great persons is a Thai poet born about 250 years ago – Sunthron Phu (Thai: สุนทรภู่). He is considered by many as “the Bard of Rattanakosin”. He was born on June 26th.
His father was born in Klang, located in Klaeng district in Rayong province, Thailand’s eastern region. Sunthorn Phu himself was born in the western side of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok or Krungthep.
Sunthron Phu was a keen note-taker and recorder of events and places, including people that he met.
He was a prolific writer and poet. His many notes and poems now function as historical records of Thailand in the past. The peoples of Thailand and the world owe him a great deal when it comes to learning about the past and Thai ways of life and traditions.
He was probable the father of Thailand’s soft power. In his long epic poem – Phra Aphai Mani (a 48,700-line epic poem), he conveyed the message of non-violence and the hero (Phra Apai Manee) has a pipe as his decisive weapon. not a lance or sword. It’s the power of music that would win over people’s heart.
This is the perfect combination – drinking black coffee and reading good books.
Hi My name is Janpha Thadphoothon. I am an English teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. I enjoy reading and sipping black coffee at the same time. I am now writing – or rather trying to compose a haiku in my garden. Do you write any haiku?
I am thinking of drinking less coffee. But some say drinking coffee is not a bad habit as long as you do it in moderation.
I maintain my belief that there varve few joyful activities than reading and drinking coffee.
This support system has been developed by Assistant Professor Dr. Janpha Thadphoothon, a lecturer in the Business English program, at the Faculty of Arts, Dhurakij Pundit University, in Bangkok, Thailand.