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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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Games & Activities to overcome language barriers

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In part 4 of my series on overcoming language barriers as teachers in the classroom, I have compiled a list of literacy games and activities for your classroom. They might require a little bit of prep work on your side, but make sure to include your learners during this process. Enabling them to play an active part in the creation of these games and activities will not only ensure your language barriers are a thing of the past but you'll end up with some great LTSM material that will make any teacher jealous!
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Even in Foundation Phase your learners need tummy time

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No I haven't lost my mind. In this blog article I stipulate that tummy time is not just for babies.  On the contrary, tummy time is crucial in the development of your learners, even throughout Foundation Phase.
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How to create a Sensory Circuit in your classroom

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Is it really possible to make an impact on sensory motor development and sensory processing within the school environment? A question, as an Occupational Therapist, I am frequently asked by teachers. The answer is a complicated one
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Daily exercises that will boost your learners' handwriting

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Getting your learners to write neatly and at a good tempo is a high priority for all Foundation Phase teachers.  In this blog I have listed some daily exercises that will boost your learners' handwriting and will ensure neat handwriting happens for ALL your learners.
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Understanding the individual needs of your climbers

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In part 3 of my series on language barriers, I will tackle the importance of understanding the individual needs of your learners (aka climbers in line with the language mountain analogy I have used) today.
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