Teacher Troubles – Survival Strategies

With the very many subject teachers involved in teaching the high school curriculum, it is likely that all students will face teacher troubles at some time.  Our first blog  gave practical steps to help you identify and resolve teacher troubles.  However this process may take some time during which your marks may well start to suffer.   Whilst you are trying to figure things out with your teacher, you will still need to pass your class.  At no point is it OK to point at a terrible mark and blame your teacher.  Your marks are YOUR responsibility.   So here are some bad teacher survival ideas: Read more

Teacher Troubles – My Teacher Can’t Teach!

As a scholarship organisation with 110 kids in 12 schools, we get to hear about teacher troubles a lot.  The reality is that over the course of your high school life, you are going to have around 30 teachers and whilst some will be great and others will not.  What can you do?

Step 1:  Is this just me?

Start by evaluating your own behaviour.  Are you turning up to class on time?  Are you neat and respectful?  Are you participating in class, asking and answering questions?  Do you put your best effort into your homework?   If your behaviour and attitude are not up to scratch then this will affect how the teacher responds to you.  Teachers are more likely to interact with students who are motivated and positive about learning.  If you and your teacher are stuck in a negative cycle of interactions, it is up to you to change them.  Tidy up your appearance and behaviour and see if the problem goes away.

Step 2: Or is this the teacher? Read more

More of the same: Annual National Assessment 2014

I wrote about the 2013 ANA’s about two months ago as kids sat down to write their test papers. Now the report is out I went straight to my go-to view: Grade 9 Maths performance distribution.

2014 View

Here we can see the breakdown of performance for all students, by province for maths at grade 9. This will be shocking if you have not seen it before. Read more

Education Myths in the New South Africa

The “new” South Africa has brought with it a wide open door to education dreams and aspirations that were not part of the “old” South Africa.  Government spending on education is comparable to our international counterparts at approximately R14 000 per child per year with a little more in the very poorest areas.  However there are lots of problems with how this open door works.  Here are some of our education myths – Read more