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Learning and productivity require rest

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 06 December 2022, 11:30 SAST
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It is that time of the year when we all feel burnt out, and our daily tasks make us weary. The need to take a break and just hit that reset button is becoming more and more imperative. If we are being honest, most of us are anxious and have developed some insomnia. A great majority of us find ourselves having to juggle our responsibilities.

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Assisting students through exams

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 15 November 2022, 11:00 SAST
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Author: Darren Sayer

Stress brought on by exams can become a barrier to helping students reach their full potential here are some tips on managing that stress.

Firstly teach your students time management. Time management and how to apply it effectively is something students struggle with, which is unsurprising, given the number of demands on their time and the schedule they are expected to follow. The simple device of a revision calendar and how to put one together was a popular suggestion from our students, as was getting the chance to organise work and resources regularly.

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Exam support: three tips for educators

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 07 November 2022, 10:20 SAST
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Article by: Richard Cleeve

 

Learners are currently returning to exam halls, giving teachers fresh challenges that they haven’t needed to address throughout the schooling year. With many students taking tests and exams running until the beginning of December, here’s how teachers can support pupils in the weeks ahead. 

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How formative assessments affect learning

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 21 October 2022, 10:45 SAST
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Formative assessment is a flexible and informal way of assessing a pupil’s progress and understanding of a certain subject matter. It may be recorded in a variety of ways, or may not be recorded at all, except perhaps in lesson planning to address the next steps.

A formative assessment helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work. It also helps educators and governors recognise where students are struggling and address problems immediately.

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Better studying methods for your students

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 19 October 2022, 10:00 SAST
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In order for information to move from short-term to long-term memory, one needs to actively attend to this information. Refocus students' attention on the materials that they should be studying. It will help to study in a place free from distractions (people, TV, radio, music, and other diversions).

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Types of assessments of learning

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 13 September 2022, 09:50 SAST
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We are all aware that there are different types of assessments, as mentioned last week in the assessment resource we shared that outlined the differences between assessments of learning and for learning. These assessments can be further broken down, below are the identified types of assessment of learning:

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Why are assessments necessary?

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 05 September 2022, 10:55 SAST
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Assessments are a crucial part of today’s educational system. Assessments serve as an individual evaluation system and as a way to compare performance across a spectrum and populations. However, with so many different types of assessments for many different organisations available (and often required) these days, it can sometimes be hard to keep the real purpose of assessing in sight.

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Facilitating learning versus teaching

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 04 August 2022, 14:05 SAST
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As technology has grown, it has also changed how teachers relate to their students and their classrooms. With a wealth of information at their fingertips, students today have the tools they need to uncover a tremendous amount of facts and knowledge independently. In this environment, many students value less of a top-down delivery method. Instead, teachers now function more in a facilitative role. Their job has slowly evolved into a position where they help students understand how to learn, love learning, and uncover and understand the information they find.

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