Developing your own skills as a teacher

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After a busy year in the classroom, deciding on what skills you would like to acquire or improve is essential. Have a look at some great ways you can develop and enhance your own skills as a teacher.

Specialising in a particular area
By specialising in a particular area, you can gain more in-depth knowledge and skills in a particular field, subject or skill that you already have and may want to improve on. E.g. a Social Sciences teacher may want to learn more about using the Internet to teach mapwork skills.

Broadening your knowledge and skills
By broadening knowledge and skills, you can gain experience, knowledge and skills in a new area that you may find interesting and that will improve your daily work. E.g. a Mathematics teacher may want to develop new knowledge and skills on remedial teaching to assist those learners in the class that struggle.

Some ideas

Didactic skills

  • Assessment
  • Teaching methodologies
  • Classroom management and planning
  • Leadership and management skills

  • Problem-solving
  • People management
  • Policy and procedures
  • Communication and organisational skills

  • Discipline
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time management
  • Where do I Start?

    Institutions that offer training and courses:

  • Universities of Technology
  • FET Colleges Universities
  • ETDP SETA
  • Unions
  • Private organisations
  • NGO’s
  • Internet: Online courses
  • Websites to visit for more information:

  • http://www.education.gov.za/Educators/HEIShortCoursesforEducators/tabid/791/Default.aspx
  • Teacher union websites
  • South Africa Council for Educators (SACE) www.sace.org.za
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