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This blog is intended for Teachers across South Africa and the rest of the African content, to remain inspired to stay in Teaching. 

You work hard, under difficult circumstances, and not always gain the appreciation you deserve. 
It comes with huge responsibility, is non-stop and often chaotic.

Take a moment to remember why you became a teacher in the first place. 
It wasn't just for targets and test results was it?
It was for something far more important. You wanted to change lives - to make a difference.
To inspire young learners. To guide them on the road to adulthood. To see them grow, experience and discover the many wonders of life!

And that is why we this blog is here. To give you the tools to help you make the magic happen. Read, share and above all, appreciate what you do on a daily basis! 


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A Breath of Fresh Air - Taking the Classroom Outdoors

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Fun, creative learning does not need to be confined to the classroom. As a teacher, you play a key role in developing a stimulating learning environment. Think out of the box and pinpoint learning experiences that involve some fresh air and sunshine. This new blog post, by remedial teacher Karen Leigh Benkenstein, highlights the importance of taking the classroom outdoors and gives you a custom made maths lesson plan. 
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Lesson Planning: The Importance of CARE

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As an experienced mentor of teachers, blogger Charmaine Kendal finds that a few simple guidelines on practical lesson planning helps relieve the tension and anxiety that comes with the teacher role. In this blog piece she outlines her practical CARE strategy for planing lessons and walks you through how to effectively and efficiently plan lessons to teach your content. 
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How to Set up your Resource Centre: Step-by-Step

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A resource centre can be a cupboard or a room in which the school’s toys and games are stored. It enables the school to save money while having a greater variety of equipment available as the teachers share the schools's equipment. In this step-by-step guide, Early Years' Specialist, Lee Louw, outlines how to start up your own resource centre, what types of toys to include, and what administrative and practical tasks should be considered. 
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5 Reasons why your school should have a resource centre

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Educational resources are expensive.  So, how can your school get the variety of educational resources it needs without overspending? In this blog post, early years' specialist Lee Louw discusses the advantages of starting your own resource centre at your school.
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Supporting children with Dyslexia

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Children with dyslexia seem bright and capable yet struggle with reading, spelling and writing. How, as teachers, can we help these children with this brain-based difficulty?  What are the signs we need to look out for, and how can we offer support in the classroom? Academic support teacher, Carla Kuhlmey flags the key points for you in this blog post. 
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  • Heleen Johnson

    Heleen Johnson is an Occupational Therapist with over 35 years of experience in the field of Education. Read more here.

  • Karen Leigh Benkenstein

    Karen Leigh Benkenstein is a fully qualified Foundation Phase Teacher, specializing in Special Needs children. She has taught children with a variety of educational and emotional barriers. Read more here.

  • Rachel Carey

    Rachel Carey has been working as a children's Occupational Therapist for the past 10 years. she has worked in both special needs and mainstream settings with children with a range of challenges and difficulties. Read more here.

  • Carla Kuhlmey

    Carla Kuhlmey taught in the Foundation Phase for 12 years before discovering a passion for helping learners with specific difficulties. She is currently working at a well known KZN Prep school as the Academic Support Teacher. She has been supporting parents and children at the school for the past 5 years.  

  • Charmaine Kendal

    With over 40 years of teaching and management experience, Charmaine Kendal has a wealth of wisdom to offer teachers.  The valuable lessons she has learned in the classroom and as deputy principal have equipped her with the skills to mentor and guide newly qualified teachers as well as to support more experienced staff. She is a published author, publishing youth literature and contributing to a number of textbooks. Charmaine has lectured education at tertiary level and has designed learning modules for education students. 

  • Lee Louw

    Lee Louw is a qualified pre-primary teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She has taught children from age 3 up to 8 as well as lecturing adults. She combines her work with Educanda with teaching ECD at a college. She has written 4 textbooks and 2 lecturers’ guides in the Educare field.

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