Saturday, November 28, 2009

Recommendations of the Minister

I read the recommendations for education on  It is almost too good to be true.  If I interpret correctly:

  • Teachers have the freedom to decide what to do in their tests during the year, as actually spelt out in the LPG and SAG. 
  • Teachers can follow an approved textbook, with its documentation, its order and activities, etc.. 
  • There is only 1 cluster meeting a year. What about moderation?
  • Circulars/documents/letters may only go out once a year in September (for the following year). So we are free from forms for the coming year?
  • One project, i.e. only the PAT as 'the' project.  No more tasks?
  • One teacher portfolio.
  • Role of subject/curriculum advisors still to be specified.
Clarity is required as we are now doing our 2010 planning for next year. Pam

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Value of CAT

Recently I heard some ask 'What is the value of CAT?'  They should look at the Study Opportunities practical papers and reflect if they could do those real life every day things without computers.  And the theory - it is working with computers in real life situations.  Wonderful papers - 'computers part of your life.'

Thursday, November 19, 2009


If you communicate on the blog, keep in mind that EVERYBODY can see ALL messages.

One of the people requesting a password in a message said that she was from a certain school and when I checked, it turned out that there was no such teacher at that school – maybe a learner? Luckily I always check my list before giving out passwords. Sandra

Errata Gr 11 Theory Memo

You have probably picked up these mistakes as well, but if you have not started marking, please note:

5.2.1 and 5.2.2

The answers for 5.2.1 and 5.2.2 on the memo have been swopped around.

6.4 The criteria for Previous_Experience in the memo should be the opposite of what is given in the memo. Please have a look and correct.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Grade Eleven November examinations

Paper 1 Practical

Errata Gr 11 Practical Exam

(Eng and Afr)

Q2.1 c) Should be C69 to C72

Q2.3 i) the spell check should ignore all 'computer' terms – also "MXit"

(Slegs Afrikaans)

V1.5 e) Let mooi op die inlynstelling en oriƫntasie van die teks in elke deel van die kaartjie.

ks vertikaal soos aangetoon.

Paper 2 Theory

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Grade Ten November examinations

Paper 1 Practical
Please correct Question 2.3: Page number should be 2 marks on the Marksheet

Paper 2 Theory

Exam papers

My learners keep asking what will be on my exam paper and how do they know if they know the work.  
They should look at the end of chapters and be able to do every thing on the check lists.  Teachers should look at the LPG and cover everything listed per grade.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


The internet is wonderful! Last week I could not walk my dogs properly as one is just too old to keep up. Having one dog pulling and one who cannot walk and needs to be carried, is not fun. I recalled what the vet physio had told me to do some months ago to do – buy a pet stroller.
I went online to search for one and found some on Gumtree. I did a further search and found an online shopping site for pet supplies. I found what I wanted on the site. Recalling the PAT and trustworthiness I looked for details - the site did not look ‘smart’ so … I phoned them and a voice replied – yes it was an active site. I had to pay – I looked for signs of security – I paid by EFT although the Thawte key was there. It was delivered to Cape Town and I received a call to fetch (save on delivery costs). Well it costs about the same as a wheelchair, but we can walk. And we have walked! She is picked up and put in the stroller at home, and walked to a quality place to play, where she is lifted from the stroller, for play time. Look at the pictures a friend and I took. She was happy from the first day.
The lesson – get it online!