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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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How to Set up your Resource Centre: Step-by-Step

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A resource centre can be a cupboard or a room in which the school’s toys and games are stored. It enables the school to save money while having a greater variety of equipment available as the teachers share the schools's equipment. In this step-by-step guide, Early Years' Specialist, Lee Louw, outlines how to start up your own resource centre, what types of toys to include, and what administrative and practical tasks should be considered. 
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5 Reasons why your school should have a resource centre

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Educational resources are expensive.  So, how can your school get the variety of educational resources it needs without overspending? In this blog post, early years' specialist Lee Louw discusses the advantages of starting your own resource centre at your school.
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Make your classroom a playroom!

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Many of us talk about our classroom and about the “work” children do for us every day. Perhaps we do this in an effort to make parents take us more seriously and understand that there is learning going on at school? But are we changing the way that we see learning happening and forgetting about play in our early years’ schools? Read early years' specialist Lee Louw's blog piece on how to make your classroom a playroom again. 
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8 tips to make your lesson planning constructive

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Some of us don’t like planning or don’t see the need for it. We may simply write down ideas on a paper to placate the principal...but we are really not making our own lives any easier. Check out early years' specialist, Lee Louw's, 8 tips to making your lesson planning better.   .
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Building blocks: foundations for learning

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"Every playroom should have multiple sets of unit blocks with assorted props linked to the children’s developmental stage and current interests. They should be displayed on open shelves with plenty of time and space to build and rebuild invented and familiar structures." Find out from Lee Louw, Educanda's early years' specialist, why using building blocks at school is so important for developing foundation learning. 
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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.