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While you were Teaching...

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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The Teacher, the Awakener

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I have two teachers in particular to thank for the effect they have had on my life. I cannot remember any of the details they taught, or the rules, or the syllabus. I remember their inspiration. They awakened the best in me. This is the type of teacher we should strive to be. 
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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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Laugh at the mistake

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"When whiteboards and internet access were first introduced into the classroom, I remember having a few embarrassing moments which left me very red-faced and the butt of a few jokes," experienced teacher, Charmaine Kendal, explains how very often in teaching, laughter is the best medicine...
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Model Behaviour

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None of us likes to work under a mercurial, unpredictable boss. So, in the same way, our pupils need to feel safe and secure in our class. They need someone who is grounded and who is approachable, who is forgiving of their weaknesses and treats them consistently.  This builds the respect and trust on which the teacher pupil relationship is based. In this blog post, experienced teacher, Charmaine Kendal, explains just how important self-awareness is as a teacher and how it can positively impact on your class and teaching. 
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Professional Development: we are worth it

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We need to take our profession very seriously and then others will start to take us seriously. And if we are taking ourselves seriously, we will want to keep ourselves informed, abreast of changes, and continually growing and connected to others in our profession. Read Charmaine Kendal's opinion piece on why doing professional development is so very important to our individual practice and to our profession as teachers as a whole. 

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.