M3EP is currently involved in learning about the motion of objects. In lab, they used a ticker-tape machine to record the change in velocity of a trolly rolling down a ramp. The machine puts a dot on a piece of paper every 50th of a second. This piece of paper and the interval between the dots can be used to find the acceleration of different objects. It was a great success and the activity definitely reinforced a difficult concept -acceleration.
Have you ever been curious about the water quality of the stream that runs along the east side of the school? M3Ep students named it as a local ecosystem that we could investigate. This week, M3Ep students checked the health of the stream by making observations and measurements. At first look, the water level was high from the heavy rain and the water color was brown due to the suspended silt and clay. Unfortunatwly, it had rubbish in it and a bad smell. These are two obvious signs of a polluted water-way. Very quickly, they noticed small fish and morning glory. So, that was a good sign. The students took three basic measurments. The temperature of the water was 28 degrees Celsius. The pH was slightly alkaline at 7.8. Finally, they measured the turbidity, or cloudiness, and found out it was very high. Students used a secchi disk to take this measurement and recorded a clarity depth of only 20cm! For our investigation of the ecosytem, this meant that light was not reaching deeper than 20cm and so less plantlife and algae would be able to live there.
The M3Ep students decided that there was not a lot of life due to pollution and high turbidity. They think it will get better after the rainy season. So, we will go back to the stream and check the water quality and diversity of life in a few months.
Teacher Brendan, MEP Science
Students take the role of detective in this exciting murder mystery activity. These “detectives” were tasked to investigate a strange murder and question the suspects involved. Once learning the meanings of the words “Motive”, “Alibi”, and “Clue”, they set off to gather this information from the suspects and generate a hypothesis of what happened and why. In the attached picture, M1Ep2 student/detective MJ is shown questioning fellow student/suspect, Richard. MJ was the only student in his class to correctly identify the murderer! Students learned the art of combining critical thinking skills and deductive reasoning to analyze clues and solve the mystery.
My name is Danny Gies and I am a new M1 teacher, here at Varee. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself so you can begin to get to know me and my approach to educating students. I will be teaching M1 Mathematics and English. I am originally from Texas, USA, but I have been living in Chiang Mai for almost four years now. During my time here, I have developed a good understanding of Thai culture and the education system. I am passionate about education and the development of youth. I plan to be approachable and work carefully through each lesson to ensure all my students reach their full learning potential. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know the students. Thank you and see you next week!
On Wednesday 10th February, the teachers at Varee Chiangmai School participated in professional development workshops on inter-personal relationships, emotional well-being and student achievement.
The workshop was well attended and the participants all developed strategies which they felt could be immediately applied in the classroom.
The next professional development workshop will focus on blended learning, implementing technology and Google classroom.
On Saturday 30th January Varee Chiangmai School held the official launch of the international kindergarten and primary school, which will open in August 2016.
Activities on the day included; team-building games, science demonstrations, English-speaking games as well as a formal ground-breaking ceremony and some impressive student performances.
The launch was well attended with a lot of parents and students showing a keen interest in the school’s latest development.
If you would like more information about the international kindergarten and primary school at Varee School, please visit the school’s website –