What subjects do you teach? What types of students do you have?
Social Science and Life Orientation, Afrikaans and Arts and Culture
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something about what you do or the center where you work?
http://www.ipfsg.org.za (my brother)
How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?
Im an old hand in teaching. If you know what teaching was (in apartheids time) in compared to today.... DO YOU HAVE TIME?
Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My old high school language teacher, Ms Botha.
What is your educational philosophy?
Never lie to a child - Annelize Harmse
What is the most challenging aspect of teaching for you?
To get rid of mountains of paper and only use technology (notebook) in classroom. Oh and never forget the ongoing changes in our system due to... I dont know.. seems like my goverment doesnt know too.
What kind of relationship do you have with your students?
Open, disciplined, easy to talk to, my goal is to make them laugh as often as I can.
What is the secret to instilling interest in knowledge?
Motivate the mind, open the door in a head. Promise a better future because I truely believe in one.
What is your philosophy on homework and grading?
Homework should be part of the entire grading system. Which at least in my classes is the case.
Is it possible to teach creativity? how?
Yes it is. I cannot draw anything but a stick man. But once I start something on the board, the kids inspire something out of me and then they realise... "I can do it too"!
How do you establish authority? What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
I am a strict person by appearance. Usually handle it by myself by talking to the kids in a private moment. One by one if that helps. If not I follow the system of the school.
How do you individualize your teaching? How do you handle the different ability levels of students in classes?
By knowing them first, then whatever they do, eccept it in the way they try it. For. e.g. a child even a child who know how to find information means he/she can do something. Allow the more intelligent child to do more. Set up a basic point which all should reach in a lesson. We have a very weird system going on in SA at the moment. I still have to answer to authority whether I know they are wrong or I am wrong.
What cooperative learning means to you. How have you used it?
Not familiar with this concept
What do you expect from your supervisor? What qualities would you like to have in your principal?
Better knowledge than me. More information on the system because he/she is in that position supposedly to have the upperhand in everything. (Keep in mind white women in SA was part of the apartheid regime. We were discriminate to in the workplace. You wont find many white school supervisors because men were the chosen ones.) I need a principle to be equal and fair so he can treat us all the same (in the workplace at least)
What issues in education are of greatest concern to you?
The masses of teacher not skilled to do the job in front of them and then principles not adaquate to administrate them.
Would it be a good thing if teachers had economic incentives based on student performance?
IF handled by a fair hand, I would say it would do wonders.
Besides more financial resources, what do today's schools lack?
Assistance, therapists, etc.
What are some ways you have incorporated technology into the classroom.
I do the grading results on a notebook. Kids are allowed to hand in project via any mean of technology...e.g. flash disk, powerpoint, discs, mp3players etc.
In light of new technologies, do we need to reinvent the school, its methods and objectives?
Oh definately. No question about it
If you could create the ideal school, what would it be like?
Manager (not a teacher in top ranks but a person who manage the school like any other bussiness) maketing, balance of sport, culture and academic. Skilled teachers. Therapists, assistance in some classrooms. More time effective. Save, happy and smiling kids.
What do you think schools will be like in 20 years?
Maybe like the Oprah school in SA... looks like a jail. With crime going on in SA all schools will end up looking like jails. On the possitive side, I do think the technology the Leadership school for girls use are great! So i heard
What are your professional goals? Where do you want to be in five years?
Healthy. Maybe in an advisory position.
What qualities would you need to see in someone before advising him/her to go into teaching?
Patience. Endearment. General love kids and must have a natural feeling to go into the profession.
Johannesburg, South Africa