Below is a useful packet of information for new teachers at the IEP.
BCC-IEP Teachers’ Abbreviated Handbook
2016 – 2017
Welcome to Bangkok Christian College, the oldest private school in Thailand.
Bangkok Christian College (BCC) was founded in 1852 by American Presbyterian missionaries. It was first located in Thonburi but later moved to its present location on Sathorn Road. King Rama V generously provided financial support to Bangkok Christian College to aid its establishment and to ensure its future development.
Bangkok Christian College follows the prescribed curriculum of Thailand’s Ministry of Education. It is compulsory for every student to study Thai, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art and English. Today BCC has over 5,500 male students spread over twelve year levels. There are more than 300 teachers at BCC, including more than 80 native English-speaking teachers.
One of BCC’s most important aims is to help students become active and responsible members of their school in society in general. More than 90% of its graduates continue on to higher education. Many alumni members occupy important positions of leadership in government, business, and education. BCC has an active Parent Association and Alumni Association, which make tremendous contributions to the school’s overall development.
Bangkok Christian College offers an environment that is safe, friendly, thought-provoking and relevant. The school is not only renowned for education, but also for extra-curricular activities which include sports, school band, BCC Boys’ Choir, Students’ Council, and Annual Fair among many others.
Bangkok Christian College Intensive English Program
The BCC Intensive English Program was created in 2002 to meet the need for students to increase their ability to understand and use English effectively in a range of contexts.
Now there are nearly 3,800 students in the Intensive English Program from Grades 1 to 12. The IEP Department consists of 43 native English-speaking teachers, 4 Learning Stage Coordinators, a Support Teacher for Learning Stage 1, an Office Manager, a Reprographics Specialist and the Department Head; a total of 47 members.
There are four Learning Stages in the Intensive English Program:
- Learning Stage One (Preparatory Level) Grades 1, 2, 3
- Learning Stage Two (Beginner Level) Grades 4, 5, 6
IEP students Grade 1-6 receive six 50-minute periods per week of skills-based communicative English; four periods with a native English-speaking teacher, and two periods with a Thai teacher.
- Learning Stage Three (Developing Level) Grades 7, 8, 9
- Learning Stage Four (Expanding Level) Grades 10, 11, 12
IEP students Grade 7-9 receive six 40-minute periods per week of skills-based communicative English; five periods with a native English-speaking teacher, and one period with a Thai teacher.
The IEP English Curriculum reflects the Benchmarks, Learning Outcomes and Suggested Instructional Content contained in the Thai Ministry of Education document entitled Foreign Language Curriculum – The Private School (April 2008).
Learning Outcomes are listed in the Curriculum Grids which also prescribe standardized activities that all teachers must complete with their classes. Any supplementary activities must relate to and reflect the Learning Outcomes listed for each particular unit.
Student Learning Journals
The Learning Stage Coordinators create Student Learning Journals that inform parents about the concepts and skills students will learn. Student Learning Journals also contain suggestions on how parents can help their children study the new unit at home. Parents can use the section at the bottom to express their thoughts and concerns about the program or about their child’s progress.
Teachers will keep a green class folder for each class that contains an updated roll sheet and the lesson plans and Record of Work Done. These documents should be kept in chronological order. Teachers will take these green folders to class and return them to the central filing cabinet at the end of each day.
All teachers are required to submit lesson plant to their Learning Stage Coordinator every Friday. Lesson plans will be returned to the teacher by Monday morning.
Teachers are also required to fill in a weekly Record of Work Done Grid at the bottom of the lesson plan. Teachers must document the work that was covered by the class for every lesson that week, including the resource materials used and any homework that was assigned.
Assessment and reporting
Students’ progress is assessed and documented the following ways:
· Common Assessment Tasks (CATs), which are extended assessment tasks that are created collaboratively by year level teachers and administered to all students in that year level. Part of the work for some tasks may be done at home.
· End-of-Semester Exams, which are created collaboratively by year level teachers and administered to all students in that year level under strict examination conditions.
· Spelling Tests
· Projects, which are extended activities most of which are devised by the Learning Stage Coordinator and implemented by the class teacher.
· LS1 and LS2 Scrapbook Activities, which are vocabulary activities devised by the learning stage coordinators and implemented by the class teachers.
Teachers are also required to prepare detailed written reports on their students twice a year, at the end of each semester. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers at Parent/Teacher Meetings during the year to discuss their child’s progress.
LS1 and LS2 teachers will be assigned up to 22 periods (50 minutes per period).
LS3 and LS4 teachers will be assigned up to 24 periods (40 minutes per periods)
However, as per the BCC Contract, teachers can be asked to teach up to 24 periods (50 minutes) or 28 periods (40 minutes per period) because teachers are expected to teach 2 replacement classes per week whenever the need arises.
All IEP teachers are expected to teach replacement classes when the need arises.
There is a permanent substitute teacher to cover for one IEP teacher per day, but if the substitute teacher is not available, their classes must be covered by IEP teachers.
Teachers must check the Substitute Class Roster posted near the door of the Learning Stage Coordinator’s Office every morning between 7:30 am and 8:00 am to see if they have to cover a class. Substitute teachers should find the appropriate green folder, follow the lesson plan, mark roll sheets and fill in the Record of Work Done for classes they cover.
Teachers must attend a weekly Learning Stage Meeting. Teachers who teach more than one grade level may have to attend more than one meeting per week. From time to time, teachers will be asked to attend department meetings. Teachers must also attend the seminars held by the school, and Learning Stage Insets that focus on professional development.
Evaluations, observations, professional development, and probationary period
New IEP teachers will be on probation for 120 days. At the end of probation, new teachers will be notified in writing whether or not their contracts will continue.
Teachers will be formally observed and evaluated by the Department Head each semester to guarantee that high standards are maintained. Learning Stage coordinators will also arrange for peer observation, and insets for professional development.
Teachers must arrive to work in appropriate attire. Arriving to work inappropriately dressed is not acceptable, even if you intend to change.
Male teachers must wear business trousers (not cotton pants), business shoes (no runners or sandals), and a shirt with a collar and a tie.
Female teachers must wear a loose-fitting dress or skirt, and a loose-fitting top with short or long sleeves. Trousers are not permitted for females at work. Female teachers may not wear thong sandals or “flip flops”.
After a teacher has passed their Probationary Period, they will receive material for the official BCC staff uniform that must be worn every Monday and on special occasions.
In case of teacher illness
If a teacher is ill, they should call their coordinator as soon as possible and no later than 7:00 am so that replacement classes can be arranged. Numbers to call are (LS1 at 083-042-7358, LS2 at 081-910-2920, LS3 at 084-660-0602, and LS4 at 087-976-7366).
If your Learning Stage Coordinator cannot be reached, call the Office Manager at 02-637-1852 ext. 4605 or 086-986-4994 (for James) or 089-755-9347 (for Kwan).
All IEP teachers will have their own classrooms, and are permitted to keep this key until the end of the academic year. It is the teacher’s responsibility to replace the key if it is lost.
Teachers are responsible for keeping their classrooms and work areas neat and clean, and decorating their classrooms with posters and student work. Students should also assist in keeping the classrooms clean.
IEP Teachers’ Office
The IEP Teachers’ Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Palmer Building where each teacher will have their own desk. This room is a working area and teachers should try to keep noise and disruption to a minimum. There is a break area set aside for eating, socializing and taking a coffee break. Adjoining this break area is a kitchen that can be used by all IEP staff. Keep these areas clean for the convenience of all staff by putting put your trash in the bin and your dishes in the sink. If you have borrowed dishes from the kitchen, please return them. Do not bring dishes or utensils up from the student canteen into the office area.
School computers are only for work-related purposes. IEP teachers may use the computers for personal use between 6:30 am and 7:30 am, and between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm. Staff members may not use any BCC computer to access chat lines or offensive material.
IEP teachers will be given necessary supplies at the beginning of the year. If teachers require additional items during the course of the year, they must fill in the Stationery Request Form and have it signed by their Learning Stage Coordinator. The form should be given to the Office Manager on Friday Morning and the requested stationery will be issued to the teacher on Monday.
There is an IEP Reprographics room on the 2nd floor of the Palmer Building. Teachers are not allowed to operate the copiers in this room. Teachers are required to fill out a copy request form, and copies will usually be made by Poo, our Reprographics Specialist, within a couple of hours. In some cases, copies can be made immediately.
Color printing can be made using the color printer in the Department Head’s office. Fill out the Color Printing Request Form and give it to the Department Head.
IEP Staff Levy
IEP staff pay a monthly levy of 50 baht, which goes towards the purchase of coffee, tea, etc., services of cleaning staff and other general departmental expenses. Teachers are asked to pay the levy to the Office Manager at the end of every month on payday. For the month of December, the levy will be 100 baht in order to exchange holiday snacks with other departments as an expression of kind regards.
Food and beverages
A free lunch is provided for teachers in the Teachers’ Cafeteria (adjacent to the Sirinard Building) Monday through Friday from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Teachers may only drink bottled water in their classrooms. Food and drink is allowed in the classroom on special occasions such as class parties.
Teachers are required to scan in by 7.30 am and scan out at 4.00 pm every day, with the exception of Fridays when staff may scan out at 3.15 pm. There are four stations in the school for scanning in. One is on the ground floor of the Sirinard Building, the second is on the second floor of the Palmer Building, the third is on the ground floor of the 150 Building and the fourth is on the ground floor of the Eakin Building. If a station is not working, go to one of the others. The Personnel Office in the Sirinard Building will arrange to have your thumb scanned and will also issue you a BCC ID card.
When a teacher scans in, they should stay on campus for the entire day, except for appropriate lunch and coffee breaks. Under no circumstances should a teacher scan in and leave campus for extended periods of time without notifying the Department Head in writing.
Conservation of energy and paper
Teachers should switch off lights and air-conditioning in their classrooms when the rooms are unoccupied. The last person to leave the Teachers’ Office should switch off all lights, computers, monitors, fans and air-conditioning at the end of the day. Always reuse paper by using the backs of printed sheets.
Communication and confidentiality
Keep information regarding students and teachers confidential. Avoid speaking negatively about anyone.
Documents that are sent home with students should be approved by the Department Head, as well as the Web addresses for blogs used by teachers for class related purposes.
A main school calendar will be given to teachers. Announcements, memorandums, and altered schedules will be communicated to you by various means, such as memos on your desk or on the notice board in the Teacher’s Office. Sometimes communication breaks down, especially regarding last minute changes to the agenda. Please bear with such changes. If you are not sure what is going on, feel free to ask.
Student discipline and welfare
BCC expects lessons to be conducted in a safe, non-threatening, orderly classroom environment, where students interact sensibly and cooperatively with each other and with the teacher. Students should be encouraged to respect the rights of others in the classroom including the rights of the teacher.
There is a Discipline Code for each year level that should be followed fairly and consistently. Students should be encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and behavior.
Procedures for attending to injured students
Cuts / lacerations / knocks to the head or body / fainting
Try to stop any bleeding by applying pressure directly to the wound. Always wear gloves when dealing with open wounds. Use the materials in the first aid kit.
Call for Montira, James or Kwan on your mobile. If necessary, borrow a mobile from another teacher.
For minor injuries and for older students’ injuries
Try to stop any bleeding and send the student to the School Clinic with a classmate.
During emergency situations
- Do not panic or show anxiety or fear regarding any incident or other serious situation in class, as this will upset the students. Always be calm and reassuring.
- Fill out the Accident Report and give it to the Department Head by the end of the day.
- Always wear protective gloves when handling open wounds, and ensure that the other students DO NOT come into contact with any blood.
- Never leave any student unattended.
- Do not accompany an injured student to the School Clinic and thereby leave your class unsupervised. Call Montira, James or Kwan to come to your class.
- If there physical fighting among students, use reasonable force to separate them. Keep these students under supervision. Call Montira, James or Kwan to come to your class.