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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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Are you confused about the SACE CPTD point system?

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Being a complete novice in all things CPTD, I waded through information on the web, trying to organize something coherent in my mind. The SACE website contains a link to sign up “for the participation in the CPTD management system and  for utilizing CPTD self-service portal” Eeeek! Whatever happened to short, simple sentences?!
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Perfecting Patterns

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It is said that Mathematics is the science of patterns and that nature exploits just about every pattern that there is. What better place then, to learn about patterns, than outdoors in the natural world around us? In this blog piece, remedial teacher, Karen Leigh Benkenstein, advises you to take teaching patterns outdoors and gives you some tips about how to teach children the crucial skills of identifying and creating patterns. 
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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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20 Classroom Games to Improve Comprehension

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Using fun and interactive games to develop comprehension keeps learners engaged and motivated to read for meaning, while reducing some of the pressure involved in acquiring these skills. Remedial teacher and blogger, Karen Leigh Benkenstein, has compiled a list of her favourite 20 games to get your learners practicing their comprehension skills. 
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15 Teaching Strategies to Improve Comprehension

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Effective comprehension strategies help learners to become purposeful, active readers, across all learning areas. Try these strategies from remedial teacher and blogger, Karen Leigh Benkenstein, to help develop comprehension for your learners.
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Blogger Profiles

  • 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.