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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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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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The most versatile product in the classroom...

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A set of bean bags is versatile, easy to store and not hard on the budget.  In the classroom and playroom it is a favourite with learners and educators, especially since it can be used in so many educational games. The home-made bean bags works just as well as the store bought bean bags and since one can manipulate the weight and size in the home-made ones, it remains an option for many educators.  
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How to create a Sensory Circuit in your classroom

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Did you miss the Western Cape Teachers' Summit on Saturday 10. March? Not too worry. Read my tips on how you can create a sensory circuit in your very own classroom to combat sensory overload and manage your learners' behaviour in the classroom.
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Strategies to cope with language barriers

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Experiencing language barriers in the classroom is like trying to climb an enormous, unknown mountain. There is no easy, straight-forward solution. Just like mountaineering, there are ups and downs- steep cliffs and deep ravines. In this second part of my blog series on "overcoming language barriers", I am discussing general teaching strategies to help you find your lost learner and clarify your options in terms of choosing the best routes for them.
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