Motivating learners to take charge of their own learning

School reports have not changed much since my own schooling years in the 1960s. They continue to be ‘log positions’ in the race to the top one or the top three. For a few learners, this is quite motivating (or the system would have changed a long time ago). However, there can only be one […]

Using colour to foster learning

As Joseph Addison said, ‘colour speaks all languages’. I truly believe that colour is a language on its own. Why should learning be dull and boring paragraphs, with lines and lines of sentences? My mission is to speak a colourful language full of pictures that draw children’s attention. Working in the ECD sector (creche and […]

Why education systems should build environmental ethics into every subject

Bellarmine Nneji, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education One of the goals most of the world has agreed on is education for sustainable development. This means development that considers present concerns without compromising the interests of future generations. Nations develop through education that takes care of the present and the future. As I have argued […]

Interventions and revision for young learners

Looking back at recent years, this year has started off better than expected. Until recently, we haven’t been able to see our learners as often as usual, and keeping the disruptions in teaching in mind, there might be a need to offer extra support. How can we assist our young learners who need extra support? […]

BIC® Stationery is rewarding engagement and community in the teaching profession

The idea that teaching is one of the most challenging professions is not lost on anyone, let alone BIC® Stationery, a brand in continuous awe of all educators. This is why the brand has used the ‘Colour Your Classroom’ campaign as an opportunity to reward teachers with exciting prizes that can breathe new life into […]

Handling bullying by peers in the workplace

Bullying doesn’t just happen on the playground. Even teachers experience bullying by other staff members and it’s not as uncommon as you may think. We spoke to Grant Saptoe, a specialist on the subject of bullying in the workplace. Grant gives his expert opinion on how to deal with workplace bullying and what teachers and […]

Navigating the Coding and Robotics curriculum

In our ever-changing technological world, the Coding and Robotics curriculum is vital in exposing our learners to new technologies within the schooling environment and building a foundation of knowledge for the Intermediate and Senior Phase. The Coding and Robotics curriculum aims to guide and prepare learners to solve problems, think critically, work collaboratively and creatively, […]

Mindfulness for kids

I sometimes get asked if mindfulness is only for children who suffer from anxiety, or only for children who struggle to sit still and concentrate, or only for late teens and older. The answer to all of these questions is no. Mindfulness can benefit any child – whether they’re anxious or not, whether they can […]

The benefit of puzzles in the classroom and beyond

My father was an avid newspaper reader, so newspapers were a permanent fixture in our home. As a young girl of about 10 years old, I loved the children’s magazine pull-outs found inside the Sunday newspaper. The puzzles inside these magazines enamoured me, and my sister and I would fight over the crossword puzzle page.  […]

Five tips for starting the school year off right

A new year brings new challenges and opportunities, and even though we don’t know what lies around the corner, there are some things you can do to prepare for the year ahead. We have compiled a few handy tips to help you get off to a good start.  1. Source textbooks and organise lesson materials […]