Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Computer Olympiad

Computer Olympiad Talent Search closing date 12 March 2013. Go to  for more information.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Posters, i.e. words and concepts all around

The school year has begun. Learners must know key words and key concepts. To help process that information they need to see the words, hear the words and use the words. To help see the words they need posters in the classroom. The following link is the best guide I have seen for making posters, Creating effective poster presentations.
Print shops such as Postnet which have sprung up in many towns print such posters if taken to them in digital format.
Most principals have asked what teachers intend doing to improve their marks. Having key words and key concepts in the language of the subject on the walls in the classroom is one way of enhancing the learning.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Database worksheet

This worksheet was created for one of the Study Opportunities’ author's matric class. You may use it for your class if you wish. Please note that no solutions will be made available. Here it is.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Managing the first two weeks

It is beginning of the year again. At the back of the Gr 10 CAPS Teacher Guide, page 139, there is such a nice section on managing the first two weeks of the new school year. Highly recommended!

Meaningful illustrations

I must share with you some problems where people have not done CAT or been taught to think, such stupid things. 
There was a leak in the flat below. A leak detection plumber was brought in at huge expense to find the problem. He produced a report showing photographs of moisture next to the shower, next to the bath and in the ceiling in the bedroom. The report said the bath had moved away from the wall, and recommended that it be stabilised and filling put in between the bath and wall. 
The photographs had nothing to do with the recommendations and solution! Shower and bath ..?? Next to bath, and the wall and the bath…?? Ceiling and bath ...?? 
There were no photographs which had anything to do with the leak from that flat to the one below. I believe that in CAT we do at least try to teach having suitable illustrations to prove what you have to say.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Matric results

To all those who passed matric this year, congratulations. To those who took CAT I believe you will leave school with many skills for the job market or further study.