Bridging the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children: Why should we be concerned with executive functions in the South African context?

Author: Caroline Fitzpatrick Research shows that child characteristics in kindergarten play an important role in determining their academic success and educational achievements. The effects of these characteristics can have a profound influence even into early adulthood. These characteristics include mathematics and reading skills. However, executive function skills are also important predictors of later success, and may even be one of … Read More

Should I be concerned about my Child’s use of Media?

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 increased digitization of children’s lives. … Read More

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