It is crucial for teachers of language and literacy to understand the development of academic language.  Academic language refers to the language that is used for schooling. It is the language a learner needs to use effectively in order to progress successfully through school. Academic language is different to the everyday language which learners use…

Author: Hayley van der Haar It is crucial for teachers of language and literacy to understand the difference between phonological awareness and phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes which are the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Phonemic awareness is the ability…

Author: Louïne van der Vyver ________________________________________________________________________________ It is imperative – your school needs a website. The internet has become the modern mom’s compass. To have an online presence is indispensible: firstly it alerts prospective parents of your school’s existence, and secondly it can be used sucessfully as a marketing platform to attract new learners.  It…

Author: Dr Caroline Fitzpatrick Psycho- educational Researcher ________________________________________________________________________________ Children born into the new millennium have an unprecedented access to screens in the form of televisions, computers, video games, smart phones, and tablets. This changing childhood landscape has led many parents, educators, and researchers to ask questions about the possible benefits and negative effects of this…

Author: Dr. Sarita Ramsaroop and Professor Nadine Petersen Department of Childhood Education Faculty of Education University of Johannesburg Lesson planning lies at the heart of effective teaching and managing one’s classroom. Walking into a classroom without a plan of what will be taught (subject matter knowledge or content) and how it will be taught (pedagogical…

BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO REALITY MINUS THE MONOTONY!                                                                                         Newly pressed outfits, mark books kitted out in the funkiest new paper and meal prep for break time has commenced, dear teachers. Every new year is all about fresh starts and new year’s resolutions, but the secret is to be a successful, fun and…

  Author: Mr. Dean van der Merwe Department of Childhood Education Faculty of Education University of Johannesburg ______________________________________________________________________________ When student teachers first enter university,  they have to learn how to juggle their academic and practical responsibilities. Being careful not to drop the ball on either. Having been a student teacher myself, and now working at…