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The importance of classroom management

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 16 February 2022, 11:10 SAST
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As an educator, you need to endure that your classroom runs smoothly not just for yourself but for your learners as well. There is no guide on how to prepare for the unexpected. So why is classroom management is soo important? When done effectively, classroom management is important for three main reasons and they are as follows: 

  1. It creates and sustains a well-organised learning environment.

  2. Improves academic learning and fosters social-emotional growth.

  3. Increases students engagement and lowers negative classroom behaviour.

Taking the above into account, what are the components of classroom management? 

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New teachers' strategies for managing classrooms

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 25 January 2022, 13:00 SAST
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If there is a thing that you need to do as a new teacher that you need to do is smile, be consistent and have fun. We understand that sometimes it is hard to know what is important and what should go to the bottom of your priority list. Everything takes a back seat to classroom management because if you can not effectively control your classroom, nothing will work as it should. You must master this one area first otherwise teaching can be especially unforgiving.

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Foolproof strategies for new teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 21 January 2022, 12:15 SAST
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When stepping into a classroom for the first time as a teacher, you should be ready for everything that you might not have been taught in college. Here are a few strategies for you as a new teacher that you can use for a strong start in front of your class.

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A message to educators

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 19 January 2022, 13:00 SAST
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Dear Educators,

We understand that you have plenty on your plate and we want you to start off your year right. The frustrations from getting to know your students, creating lesson plans and mastering classroom management can get overwhelming. So here are some things to keep in mind as you begin the year. 

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Equipping new teachers for success

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 18 January 2022, 12:10 SAST
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This is all that new teachers need when coming into this profession. After all, no one can say that they were prepared for everything that was thrown at them in their first year of teaching. Providing the above from the onset will help make a huge difference and here is how we can go on about that: 

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Building blocks for educators

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 13 January 2022, 10:25 SAST
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If there is one thing that you should know it is this, there is no doubt that there will be successes and failures in your first year of teaching. Starting out your journey in an unfamiliar environment with new faces and processes can cause frightening anticipation. 

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Teaching tips for new teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 11 January 2022, 12:00 SAST
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The first day as a teacher in any school or a classroom might have you feeling excited and anxious all at the same time. You can never be fully prepared for this experience and especially if it is your first year being an educator. Even the experienced teachers feel anxious, facing new students and challenges at the beginning of every school year. Take a deep breath, take in your surrounding and remind yourself of all you have done to get to this point, a successful start. Here are some tips to help you make a positive start and have an impact on your students: 

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Typical interview questions for teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 10 January 2022, 12:25 SAST
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With most interviews taking place virtually they can be exciting. These usually indicate new opportunities, a new environment and new challenges that just might change your career path. This is why it is important to prepare your answers well in advance. Below is a list of interview questions for educators likely to come up in your interview: 

1. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
It seems like an easy question, but don’t be fooled by this. It is important that you have a substantive answer. Institutions want to know that you are dedicated to enriching the lives of students. Answer this honestly and paint a clear picture as to why is it that you actually become a teacher.

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Teacher's guide to managing exam stress

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 26 November 2021, 11:00 SAST
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Exam season is upon us, and with that comes stress, lots of it. Many teachers feel they are expected to perform miracles and get blamed when students don’t do as well as they or particularly their parents expected them to.

Acknowledging that this is a stressful time is the first step; learning how to manage and deal with the stress is the next. If you are an educator, here are some tips for dealing with exam stress.

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Year end self-reflection for teachers

Posted by Karabo Kgophane on 17 November 2021, 10:05 SAST
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Article by R.K Henson

Congratulations on making it to the end of this school year! 

The last few days of school can be stressful. From standardised tests to award ceremonies, at times it can feel like there’s not enough time in your school’s schedule for everything you need to get done. But if you have not made time for self-reflection yet, you’re missing a great opportunity. The end of the year is the ideal time to do this.

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