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"Being a Teacher Reminds Me to Constantly Learn"

Nyein Su Thaw (Thaw Thaw), a Parami graduate from the 7th cohort of the Parami Leadership Program (PLP), is now pursuing her dream career in education, teaching young learners. As always being passionate about learning and teaching, Thaw Thaw launched a Facebook page: Study with Thaw Thaw, last October while attending PLP to provide learning opportunities for young people in her community in Yangon. 

Thaw Thaw has been recently selected to join the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) this winter. She will be learning different topics such as TESOL methodology, educational technology, and critical thinking in the classroom. 

"The feeling of being a teacher always reminds me to constantly learn. I am continually looking for an opportunity to improve my teaching skills." ⸺Nyein Su Thaw

It has been almost two years since the shutdown of schools due to the global pandemic. Many young people are having challenges continuing their regular education, including Thaw Thaw, who is in her third year of university. The current situation has sparked her leadership and volunteer mindset to offer online classes to young learners. 

After graduating from Parami, Thaw Thaw dedicated her time to managing the Facebook page and expanding more online English and Mathematics classes to more young learners not only from Yangon but also from other regions. From the Study with Thaw Thaw page, nine experienced teachers teach a hundred learners between ages four to sixteen years old from different parts of Myanmar such as Shan State, Mon State, Karen State, Kachin State, Rakhine State, Magway Region, and other regions. 

"As the schools are closed for two years now, most young learners do not have a chance to continue their education. We are now expanding our classes to create a learning space for young people who wish to practice their English," she said. 

Thaw Thaw shared how PLP played a significant role in improving her leadership and critical skills and, most importantly, how the courses taught at PLP have shaped her teaching career. 

"I was inspired by the teaching methods of Teacher Mark Brown and Teacher Joe Decker. I have adopted the 20/80 teaching approach from the Teaching Method and Child Psychology class, and my teaching style has improved.⸺Nyein Su Thaw

With the new teaching approaches, she explained that she has now learned how to listen more, speak only 20 percent of class time and give 80 percent for her students to talk and discuss during the class. She added that she shares her critical thinking skills learned from PLP with her students and young people in her community. 

As a founder of the Study with Thaw Thaw page, Thaw Thaw is mainly responsible for managing the page and arranging teaching training and workshops for the teachers. She also teaches basic English to young learners while enhancing her knowledge and skills in teaching to deliver effective teaching and learning experience for the learners. 

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