Planning Lessons for Effective Classroom Discipline

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 content knowledge or teaching … Read More

Assertive Discipline in the Classroom- Blog

Assertive Discipline in the Classroom Author: Mrs. B Short Teaching School Development Practitioner Department of Childhood Education Faculty of Education University of Johannesburg ________________________________________________________________________________ No matter how well planned your lesson is, how beautiful your teaching aids are or how lovely your classroom looks, if the learners in your class are not well disciplined you will not be able to … Read More

Back to School, Back to reality minus the monotony!                                                                                        

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 sustainable educator. All of us … Read More

The role of museums in learning to teach with a critical lens

Author: Sarita Ramsaroop This study explored how student teachers learnt about apartheid-era history in South Africa when their coursework was combined, or blended, with museum visits. The study also explored how these blended learning experiences helped to prepare student teachers to teach apartheid-era history to learners in the primary school. There is much research that supports the value of learning … Read More

Balancing academic and practical responsibilities-Blog

  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 a university, I know first-hand … Read More

Foundation phase teachers’ (limited) knowledge of geometry

Author: Luneta Kakoma Foundation phase teachers do not need to teach much mathematics, but what they teach is critical because children absorb their basic concepts of geometry at a very early age. Consequently, it is disturbing to find that many student teachers have not progressed beyond level 1 in Van Hiele’s ‘levels of geometric thought’ theory. This is the level … Read More

Investigating Optimal Learning Moments in U.S. and Finnish Science Classes

Authors: Barbara Schneider, Joseph Krajcik, Jari Lavonen, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Michael Broda, Justina Spicer, Justin Bruner, Julia Moeller, Janna Linnansaari, Kalle Juuti, and Jaana Viljaranta Students who feel confident of meeting challenges are happy students – and when this situation is experienced in science classes, they are more likely to feel that science is important to them and their futures. So … Read More