SCHOOL’s PROFILE: Mengraimaharajwittthayakhom School
Mengraimaharajwittthayakhom School in short also known as Mengrai School. Mengrai school is the third government high school in the district, was established and was declared belong to the Department of General Education, Chiang Rai Province by the Ministry of Education of Chiang Rai on 9th of January 1980. This school provides coeducation to support the students in the 5 sub districts surrounded by the Kok River, namely, Tambon Tha Sud, Nang Lae, Ban Du, Mae Khao Tom, and Rim Kok, created more opportunities to study at secondary level.
The location of the school is at the address of “113 Moo 3, Tambon Nang Lae, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Rai”. It is 11 kilometers away from Chiang Rai city center. The site is located in the valley of 3 hills of the National Conserved Forest, 50 Rai of land has been granted to the school by the Department of Forestry.
Mr. Prasert Suwannajit was the first headmaster of Mengrai school. At first, the school was permitted an approval of starting a high school (Matthayom 4-6). there were only 4 classrooms, 175 students and 9 teachers in the whole school. But currently, the Education level has been permitted to teach high school (Matthayom 1 – 6, i.e Grade 7 – 12). So now there are 35 classrooms effectively running at the school with Mr. Pramot Nopphawong as the Director of the school.
The Personnel Information
The school’s logo is the shape of a water drop. There is an image of King Mengrai in the middle of the logo. King Mengrai is the founder of Chiang Rai Province.
Blue and White
Establishing as a quality school of community cultivating moral, inheriting wisdom, and developing into ASEAN community
Developing and promoting educational management to all students receives a quality education. The emphasis is on students to enhance their academic knowledge, morals, ethics, ability to meet basic education standards and develop into ASEAN quality.
Strategy 1: Developing quality and the standard of the Education following the curriculum.
Strategy 2: Cultivating morals, ethics and ways of life according to the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy
Strategy 3: Managing quality foreign language teaching
Strategy 4: Developing teachers and educational personnel to provide quality teaching and learning
Strategy 5: Improving educational management, according to good Governance focuses on participation from all sectors and collaborating with the community, local administration to promote and support education.
Strategy 6: Enhancing the ability of information technology as a tool for educational management and quality learning
- Students have standard quality of basic education.
- Students are cultivated morals, ethics, and live according to the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy.
- Students have foreign language ability.
- Teachers and Educational Personnel teach effectively.
- School is strengthened according to good Governance principles and get the cooperation from the community and local administration to promote and support the education.
- Students have the ability in information technology trough the quality education and effective learning.
Academic Support System
There is something called Desirable Characteristic, and Desirable Characteristic in Mengrai School consist of: Love of nation, religion and king, Honesty and integrity, Self-discipline, Avidity for learning, Observance of principles of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in one’s way of life, Dedication and commitment to work, Cherishing Thai-ness, Public-mindedness.
Learner Development Activities in mengrai School is: Counselling activities, Student activities, also Activities for social and public interest.
Learning Standards and Indicators in Mengrai School are Eight Learning Areas, that is: Thai Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Religion and Culture, Physical and Health Education, Arts, Occupations and Technology, Foreign Languages. Mengrai School also has Learner Development Activities such as Counselling activities, Student activities & Activities for social and public interest.
Mengrai School has good facilitis to achieve their vission and mission. The facility in Mengrai School is: There are 3 main buildings, 1 multi-purpose building, 2 workshops, 1 canteen, 1 auditorium, 1 library, 1 guard house, 5 teacher’s houses, 2 janitor’s houses, 5 water closets, 5 sports fields, and 1 student’s garage. Also there are 170 computers, 1 external telephone, 1 fax machine, 50 televisions, 25 VCDs, 21 printers, 7 overhead projectors, and 4 cars.
The teaching system in Mengrai school especially in math class is mostly teacher-centered. the students put all their focus on the teacher . The teacher explains and the students exclusively listen. the lesson started with greeting, after that the teacher explains the topic, moreover the teacher gives examples and how to solve the problem, and then the teacher asks the students to try solve the problem on their own, ans last the teacher gives the students exercise. Sometimes the teacher give some ice breaking in the middle of the lesson, it makes all the students happy and enjoy the class.
Materials and Other Learning Sources
The Teacher in Mengrai School use the textbook for Mathayom 1-6, depends on what class they will teach. For Mathematics in Mathayom 6 the Teacher use the math teaxtbook for mathayom 6 and the book is written in Thailand. sometimes the teacher had their own materials and teach the students without the textbook in the class.
Measurement and Evaluation System
There is three Assessment in Mengrai School based on the information i have gotten and based on my observation:
Learning assessment must be based on two fundamental principles. for the example, the evaluation for the purpose of developing the learners’ capacity and for appraising their achievements. Learning assessment is a process of increase the learners’ quality by using assessment results as data and information. this assessment can also show the learners’ developmental progress and accomplishment.
Teachers regularly and continuously measure and evaluate students’ performance in the learning activities by using diverse assessment techniques, e.g., asking questions, observing, examining homework, assessing projects, tasks/assignments and portfolios, and using written tests, etc.
Classroom assessment is aimed to verifying whether the students already understand the topic or not. it also aimed to know what the learners have achieved, their development and progress in learning through the learning activities.
This evaluation is conducted by the educational institution in order to appraise the learners’ achievements on an annual/semester basis, based on assessment of reading, analytical thinking and writing, desirable characteristics, and learner development activities. Evaluation outcomes will be useful for the development plan of each educational institution’s. another thing is for the reports on each educational institution’s achievement to its school board, the office of the educational service area, OBEC, parents and the community.
Curriculum in Mengrai School: The Basic Education Core Curriculum B.E. 2551 (A.D. 2008)
I can see the differences between School in Indonesia and Thailand. In Indonesia we use K13 which is make the students active and do their things alone with a help from the teacher in the class. Meanwhile in Thailand, form what i have observe, the students seem passive and they were really quiet in the class, but some of them also active in the class.
Mengrai School use The Basic Education Core Curriculum as their curriculum. This curriculum is aimed at the full development of learners in all respects-morality, wisdom, happiness, and potentiality for further education and livelihood. There is 5 goals in total. The following goals from basic education is:
- Morality, ethics, desirable values, self-esteem, self-discipline, observance of Buddhist teachings or those of one’s faith, and guiding principles of Sufficiency Economy;
- Knowledge and skills for communication, thinking, problem-solving, technological know-how, and life skills;
- Good physical and mental health, hygiene, and preference for physical exercise
- Patriotism, awareness of responsibilities and commitment as Thai citizens and members of the world community, and adherence to a democratic way of life and form of government under constitutional monarchy; and
- Awareness of the need to preserve all aspects of Thai culture and Thai wisdom, protection and conservation of the environment, and public-mindedness with dedication to public service for peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
The Basic Education Core Curriculum is aimed at inculcating among learners the following five key competencies, that are Communication Capacity, Thinking Capacity, Problem–Solving Capacity, Capacity for Applying Life Skills, and Capacity for Technological Application.
the teacher in Mengrai School seems like didn’t really use teaching plan for each meeting. they had 1 teaching plan and apply it to every class they teach. from what i have observed, they have the same method for each meetings. the difference is the topic of the day in the class.