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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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Test your emotional intelligence (EQ) and that of your learners

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Every teacher is an artist, given a special gift of creating a masterpiece within her classroom. The learners are the mix of colours which can either blend together harmoniously or clash in a chaos of colour.  Sunny-yellow Sanguines, crimson-red Cholerics, peaceful-green Phlegmatics, moody-blue Melancholics are the different temperaments to discover and identify in the classroom.  You, as the artist of this classroom creation, have the power to create the masterpiece you envisage. 
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Patterns of a high EQ - how do you spot them?

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In part 4 of my series on emotional intelligence (EQ) I discuss the patterns of a high EQ and how to spot whether or not your learner(s) show these traits.
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Crossing the midline demystified - Part 2

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How can you improve crossing the midline in young children? And from which age should be concerned?
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Crossing the midline demystified - Part 1

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So often I speak to teachers who feel frustrated, because after sending a child for an assessment with an Occupational Therapist, the teacher feels no more empowered to support the child than they did previously. This is particularly true for children with difficulties crossing the midline. What does it mean and what can you do to improve it?
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Sensory processing checklist

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More and more educators are finding that learners’ behaviour in the classroom and on the playground seem to be off the mark with frequent tantrums, emotional meltdowns and even refusal to take part in activities. Many of today’s learners face challenges that include, among others, atypical nervous systems that are not functioning maximally and are not ready for the fast pace expected in the curriculum. I have developed this easy sensory processing checklist to help you determine whether or not your learner is experiencing sensory processing challenges.
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