We are uncovering better ways of developing people by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Functional, useful capabilities over comprehensive documentation
Collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
Bubble Language School strives to provide equal opportunities for education to all students, regardless of their family’s income level, socioeconomic bracket, or geographical location.
Providing and facilitating these opportunities requires a multifaceted approach which includes, but is not limited to, long-term coaching and mentoring, in-person English programs at the temple and non-tuition-based community schools, and practical, skills-based digital literacy to inspire curiosity, creativity, and autodidactism.
This document will serve as:
(a) a memorandum of understanding,
(b) a historical record of accomplishments towards these goals,
(c) accounting and allocation reporting, and (d) scope.
International Bubble Education (IBE) is committed to building better students.
We teach the top to teach the rest. If the right person is given the right opportunities and guidance, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
We aim to coach and mentor people in any skill through interaction and tutorship with our teachers. There are many who can learn on their own, and then there is a larger group who will always need a little help.
We teach English, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese.
We are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Thailand as a language institute.
Our goal is to build better students by:
Teaching them how to learn smarter
Teaching necessary skills and enabling practice
Aiding in goal setting/achieving
Better students = better global citizens = better people
Who Do We Teach?
We teach individuals or groups who desire to learn more, improve their skills, and have a better life.
Elementary Grade 1-5
Middle Grades 6-8
High School Grades 9-12
College/University students (Bachelor’s / Master’s / Doctorate)
Industry professionals: business, science, law, the arts, and medicine
Individuals or groups who want to improve any mental or physical skills
“Once you stop learning, you start dying.”
Philanthropic Efforts and a Little History
In Bangkok 15′, with 4 students we noticed a certain trend, the students didn’t know how to help themselves.
They were hiring private tutors to help them develop skills that could quite honestly, be built with simple Google searches and a little dedication.
It’s 2022 now and over the years, we’ve identified one part of the root cause: students in public schools weren’t and aren’t being taught how to use free online tools.
In January of 2018, our team began searching for and contacting schools in the local area to propose a regular weekly program focused on English communication, Google tools, and team-building. We were successful and entered into working relationships with two schools: Wat Rat Satthatham School and Wat Pak Bor Foundation School.
The first is a public school on government funding and the latter was started by a monk with 10 students.
After roughly ten years, there are now 1,001 students.
These students pay little to nothing to attend school.
The English teachers there do have a hard time communicating in English and ICT (Information, Communications, and Technology) program doesn’t exist.
As of May 2018, we have been teaching weekly programs in our now 2nd rotation of 20 students at each school. The first group now studies on a weekly basis at our language institute, International Bubble Education (IBE). We have impacted over 60 lives.
As of 2022, our language institute has adopted the following model: teach the top to teach the rest. 95% of our working hours are dedicated to helping people customize their learning. The remaining 5% of our time is spent volunteering.
We develop new and improved rationale/methodology, and set up programs to teach the students
(a) basic English communication skills,
(b) learning how to learn, and
(c) how to find information.
Ideally, we would like to work with experienced, international, and well-educated individuals who are interested in making a difference.
With this approach, a few key points are addressed. People rarely volunteer on their own accord. It’s only when a person can witness a student exclaim in wonder at a simple satellite image shown on Google Maps that the person realizes what’s taken for granted by us, is sometimes unknown to others. In building the network, it is our dream and mission to create sustainable, long-term programs. The short-term scope is that in Thailand, an international school teacher will teach a private class for less than 20 USD/hour. We’ll raise the funds, pitch the teacher, set up the programs, and create impact. Long term, these students can hopefully one day learn faster than their environment permits, and local teachers collaborate with us to build better programs and methodologies.
All funds received are updated on an open-link Google Sheet form.
First, we cover the schools that are currently working with us. Afterward, we branch out to other local schools in the area and hopefully spread the idea.
Week-by-week, we track lesson plans and the program via Google Docs (open-link as well).
In 2019, IBE began teaching six hours a week to 180 students at Wat Bak Por Foundation School, a temple school located in the On Nut area. Each class comprises of 30 students; three classes are for first graders and three classes are for fourth graders.
Our teachers teach the fundamentals of English communication, Google tools, and positive reinforcement to the students once a week for an hour at a time.
At first, we had to curb negative reinforcement diplomatically until the teachers at WBPFS realized that through truly engaging with the students in the target language and offering real rewards in terms of human compassion and understanding, the students performed significantly better.
As our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, as they teach a wide range of students throughout Bangkok from every walk of life, they improve themselves by perceiving insights into the minds of the young, old, the rich, the poor, and the artists, and the logicians.
When a person can catch a glimpse into how people live their day-to-day lives, and build frames of reference by interacting, engaging with, and analyzing how people function, wisdom is gained.
A teacher who walks into a room filled with 30 students is presented with a clean slate: a chance to do good in this world through creating memories in the minds of their students. These memories and this impact have truly unknown implications throughout the rest of their lives.
In the third quarter of 2019, IBE will begin teaching the teachers of WBPFS in hopes of increasing collaboration between the upper echelons of society and the rest of the population. Citizens can be aware of what is happening in their countries, but until they see it with their own eyes, action is limited. Even once that is achieved, there are plenty of milestones to pass.
Bubble Language School
In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of schools nationwide between the months of March 2020 to July 2020.
In April of 2020, IBE in collaboration with WPB began weekly one-hour, online English tutoring classes for four WPB students on a scholarship basis funded by CKE Engineering Co. LTD (weekly one-hour tutoring classes for 52 weeks). As of July 12th, 2020 the weekly sessions continue, focused on English articulation, knowledge from sources in English, and digital literacy with the prospect of two more students added to the scholarship group.
As of 2022, the time this article is published, a Bubble Language School teacher devotes five percent of their workweek to both scholarship students and English classes for WPB students in the English homeroom in addition to any administrative or preparatory work.
Tutoring, coaching, and support to the initial nine IBE Scholars, and future selected individuals, will help facilitate success through all levels of education, to admission into a university or higher education program, domestically or internationally, that is aligned with their goals and dreams.
Measurable schoolwide improvements in English and digital literacy, initially at Wat Pak Bor as the proof-of-concept of a scalable model to be implemented across foundation schools in Thailand, and eventually, in other countries with pronounced education and opportunity gaps.
Systems and digital infrastructure improvement to support the above goals.
Increase career opportunities and earning potential for every person who passes our thresholds.
Balance access to educational opportunities and the instilling of a “Be Resourceful” philosophy that develops personal agency in every life we touch.
Use proficiency tests, benchmarks, and tools in STEM, English, and such as the GED, to support earning university degrees as early as healthy, and on to different branches of education or other professional capacities in every journey of making a life.
A managed fund devoted to these missions, values, and outcomes to promote these endeavors on into the future.
Visiting professors and teachers in need of a sabbatical to teach a 20-hour/week program of their specialty
International secondary and university standards accreditation and testing/exams/knowledge base content
Sync with Khan Academy and international high school program content and content delivery logistics
A Trifecta of locations: inner-city, marine, and river ferry houseboat mobile school/lab along the tributaries of main rivers flowing through Thailand and SE Asia, and a farmland setting for a “hanger” themed school/workshop/lab in Sa Kaeo near the border of Cambodia and Thailand.
I hope you have had a good day with something nice to eat. Something warm and good in my belly always cheers me up. A homeless person once told me, “You can never be happy on an empty stomach.”
I know sometimes, people and life are confusing. It’s hard to figure out what to do all the time. Sometimes, things are hard because of that. But, remember it’s okay. It will pass. Tomorrow will be another day.
At times, people and situations may be hard to understand, when you see them differently. Other times, words fail you when you need them most. Or your words are unheard but don’t worry. We have been with you since day one. And, in our opinion, you’re not a bad person. Each day comes with its struggles, and you do your best. The words, “lazy” and “not lazy” are black and white. But, there are so many degrees.
So, be nice to yourself. We’re going to be together a very long time (hopefully).
How to Interview People in 30 minutes or less and get most of what you need
Be sure to warm up and engage in small talk, catching up, giving them what they expect to feel comfortable, explaining the interview session/agenda.
The Top 10 Key Questions
Hi! How would your old coworkers describe you?
What do you know about our company? Knowledge check and to see if they research.
Can you please tell me a little bit about how your experience is connected to this job?
Where do you see yourself in the next three years with us?
Can you please tell me about two projects? One where you led and one where you followed and worked with a team?
Could please tell me about a time that you failed. How did you overcome it?
What’s something that you’re very proud of? Even something simple.
What was one conflict at work, or a difficult situation with another person? How was it resolved (what happened in the end)?
If you could do any job or career in the world where you didn’t need money anymore, what would be the first five topics you think of?
May I ask how your professional goals synchronize with your personal goals?
Process for Hiring, Checklist, and Documentation
Can follow instructions.
Can think critically and solve problems.
Ask simple math-related questions to check for mental math.
Can brainstorm and think on their feet.
Positive responses and approaches to questions and communication.
Lack of bias. Remember the salt. Who checks before adding salt and who doesn’t?
Resume, CV, Linkedin, writing, email, and text communication style and usage. #accuaracy and attention to detail.
Can admit they are wrong OR can accept a newer or better solution.
Example Question for Critical Thinking & Math
How many people live in Thailand?
What percent of them do you think live in Bangkok?
Or have a credit card?
Tips and Conclusion/Summary
Categorize by ability and capability.
Test for “collaborativeness.”
Test for confidence and how long it’ll take to build it. This is hard to estimate well.
Sample Interview Questions [Answers Coming Later]
How many cans of paint does it take to cover a Boeing 747?
“I don’t have the answer now. But I believe the answer exists on Google and will get back to you.”
A bat and ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
If it takes 5 machines 5 minutes to make 5 widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?
In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?
May I ask what your expected salary is?
What’s your 3-year plan?
I see that you’re from (country); how does it differ from here? Pros and cons?
How are you in personal time and work management?
Could you give me any examples to support it?
What do you do in your downtime?
What would you say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in professional and personal settings?
What are the main skills you’ve utilized to make a living up until now?
Other Google Interview Questions
“What does the word empathy mean?” — Customer service representative candidate
“How would you handle an individual who is missing from work often?” — Customer service supervisor candidate
“A customer calls and angrily tells you that they ordered Barney (or a similar toddler show) for their kid.
The kid can work the DVD player and knows the Netflix envelope. When the movie arrived the kid grabs it and pops it in. Turns out it’s a slasher movie. What do you do?” — Customer service representative candidate
“Tell me something that you did in the past, but don’t want to do ever again.”
“Who do you think is International Bubble’s competitor and why?” — Creative coordinator candidate
“Tell us about a time you screwed up at your previous job.” — Coordinator candidate
“What do you not like about this company culture?”
“Describe your ability to deal with a very opinionated coworker.”
“How will you handle the culture difference between where you come from and this company?” — QA engineer candidate
“Tell us about a time you screwed up at your previous job.” — Coordinator candidate
“What is your 90-Day Plan if we hire you?” — Customer service representative candidate
“What’s your favorite TV show and movie, and how do you like to watch them?”
“Of everyone on your team at your current employer, who would you keep and who would you fire and why?”
“How many people have you fired?”
“Say the CEO stops by your desk and asks you whether or not we should go into an untapped market. How would you determine the size of the addressable market and the factors this company should consider before deciding to enter the market?” — Senior financial analyst candidate
“How do you differentiate between a good teacher and a great teacher?” — Recruitment Specialist
“If this company is looking to expand its presence in Asia, what are some factors that you can use to evaluate the size of the Asia market, and what can IB do to capture this market?” — Senior financial analyst candidate
“How would you handle an employee that has attendance issues when we do not have an attendance policy in place?” — Customer service supervisor candidate
“What was the most difficult termination you faced in your work history?” — Supervisor candidate
“How would you determine if the price of IB tuition is truly the deciding factor for a potential student?” — Market research analyst candidate
“How would you deal with extreme deadline pressure and a frantic work pace?”
“How do you handle managing someone that is more than twice your age?” — Operations manager candidate
“What would you do if you were the CEO?” — Partner product group candidate
vignette (noun) 1. a brief evocative description, account, or episode. “a classic vignette of embassy life”
2. a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.
vignette (verb) 1. to portray (someone or a moment in time) in the style of a vignette.
verb: vignette; 3rd person present: vignettes; past tense: vignetted; past participle: vignetted; gerund or present participle: vignetting portray (someone) in the style of a vignette.
2. to produce (a photograph) in the style of a vignette by softening or shading away the edges of the subject.
“instructions had been sent to the shop to make a cropped, oval, vignetted copy of a family group portrait.”
A small five-year-old boy stood over a freshly dug gravesite at a Californian cemetery where his mother lay in a coffin. He held a single rose in his hand. As he prepared to drop it into the ground, he couldn’t see from his own perspective. It was strange. He felt like he was watching the rose fall to him instead of falling away from him. The crowd stood apart from the boy, one could only see the boy standing over the hole with a group of somber attendees standing in black. Their hearts went out to the little boy; for they knew he would have to grow up in this world without a mother.
[Tip: start your narrative story with a moment in time, a scene, a memory, a picture, or a landscape. Use words that enable any human being to imagine your story with their senses.]
An essay is aimed to show your personal opinion about the subject. These are just patterns that you have to fill with certain information and viewpoints. You are to understand the subject as well as be direct in expressing your ideas. For our third assignment, let’s start with the narrative.
1. Create an outline of a past memory. 2. Write by including who, what, where, when, how, and why + feelings, thoughts, and sensory input. 3. Write a vignette: a story that starts from a moment in time. 4. Conclude on something powerful, yet simple. Something you learned, something you cherish, or something you will try to never experience again.
10 Types of Essays
Descriptive – This type of essay is designed for describing the details of the subject. It can be written about any object and its features. You are to describe the way it looks, smells, or works. It can be compared with a detailed overview of the things you write about. In this type of essay, every detail counts.
Definition – The ultimate goal of the definition essay is to focus on the definition of the subject. It may focus on different things or various origins. The point of this type of essay is to explain something on a higher level than dictionaries do.
Here you are to delve into the subject to get an understanding of what it is, how people perceive it, and what it is associated with.
Compare and Contrast – This type of essay is aimed to dwell upon on differences and similarities between two objects, events, things, etc. The reader should receive a clear understanding of what certain things have in common and what is different about them. The writer has to be well informed about both subjects in order to provide the reader with a clear comparison of the two subjects.
Cause and Effect – This type of essay is destined to focus on the sequence of an event and its result of it. It reminds some of a study where you are to show what cause has led to a particular result. In case there are more causes than results or fewer causes than results the writer has to explore them separately. The cause & effect essay requires the writer to draw a logical connection between the reasons for a certain event.
To write a good essay of that type it is necessary to study the works on similar topics to have a better understanding of how such research is done.
Narrative – This type of essay is aimed at telling a story about a certain event in a person’s life. It may be a funny festival or a watching a good movie in the cinema, everyday activity or visiting another country. In such an essay, you are free to express your personal attitude towards things that affected you, places that you liked, or people you were with. It is usually written in the 1st person with frequent usage of “I.”
Process – When it comes to a process essay, one may find certain similarities with a cause-and-effect essay. This type of paper required the same level of understanding of the subject and how it works. It sometimes resembles a manual where the instructions to do something are given. To write this essay better, you are to perform the described process if possible as it is easier to tell about something you know well and are good at.
Argumentative – When it comes to this type of essay, it should be noted that it is quite useful for any student at any level of education. The ultimate goal of this essay is to persuade the reader to take the author’s viewpoint. It is not an easy thing to do as this paper is aimed at manipulating other people’s thoughts to change their attitudes toward something. For this writing, you are to use firm language, proven facts, and accurate and vivid illustrations as evidence of your argument should be flawless.
Stripped of these items your argumentative essay won’t be persuasive enough and your influence on the reader will be minimal. Skilled writers are to be completely sure about every word they write and every fact they give. There is no room for mistakes and uncertainty. What makes this type of essay more difficult is that you have to be ready to fight against opposing ideas, and your paper should contain the antidote to the critics of your viewpoint.
Critical – This type of essay focuses on the weak and strong features of something. It is aimed at giving a characteristic of the subject to make the reader aware of what you consider to be good or bad about it. These papers usually dwell upon how something is done or written.
Did the author manage to do it correctly or not?
Was his work persuasive?
Was he successful in delivering his message to the audience?
These are the questions you will have to answer in your essay.
Expository – This type of essay can give you skills in organizing and manner of doing your own research. This practice is by no means very important as it can lead you to results that can be groundbreaking. It may take lots of time, but it is worth doing.
Surprisingly, this feature makes this paper easier at the same time. In fact, it is more comfortable to write about something you know well and something you are sure about than digging into the information that was received from someone else. Perhaps you could contribute something new to the subject and show something that was never seen before.
When it comes to an expository essay, keep in mind that it is aimed at an estimation of the subject from your point of view. That is why it requires research to be carried out. It is not an easy type of essay as your knowledge of the subject has to be based not only on the information you get from someone else but mostly on your own experience.
Persuasive – This type of essay is the opposite of an argumentative essay. It is aimed at changing the readers’ point of view completely, taking the author’s one as an axiom. It is a stronger and more difficult type of essay as it requires a better understanding of the subject and good skills in criticizing the opponents.
In most cases, persuasive essays deal with topics that are relevant here and today. A persuasive essay should be very tough and influential. By writing it, you show that you are really good at something and that you are sure that your opinion is ultimately correct.
The more you try, the better you become.
These are the most common types of essays that are widespread in academic life.
Write a letter to the closest person to you in your life. The person who’s had the greatest impact, the person who’s been there the longest, the person who supported AND challenged your thoughts throughout your life to help shape the person you are today, reading these words before you.
This is an email you will send to that person, hopefully starting a lifelong email thread. Best of luck!
To: My brother’s email address From: My email address
Subject: Open Me: A Letter from Your Little Brother
To my dear brother,
Hi, how was your day? I hope it was good and you ate something delicious.
One of my happy memories with you is …
There was one time when I went to a summer camp in …
Thank you for everything you do for me. I am truly grateful.
I hope you are happy with your work, your [pet], and your [something]
If we learn so many different nouns, verbs, adjectives, and nifty ways to communicate with other people, shouldn’t we use those tools to be nice to ourselves first? Why should someone use all the tact and diplomacy they know with another person, but not for themselves? How does that make sense?
There are many relationships we have with our internal selves: the master and the slave, the boss and the employee, the parents and the child, and the big brother/sister/mentor who just wants the best for you.
It’s the person that’s showing you how to do something. When you make a mistake or do something wrong, they chuckle, laugh with you, and offer a way to help or improve whatever you’re doing, in a kind way.
Write a letter to yourself. Be nice. Submit the Gdoc link here.