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This is our first newsletter of 2013 and we’d like to welcome all teachers back to the classroom. Thank you for your support in 2012. We especially welcome all our new teachers in 2013. I’m sure the first few days were a source of both anxiety and excitement but by now you are used to flying solo, slowly putting everything you learned about teaching and classroom management into practise. We trust your year will be happy and fulfilling.
We hope you will all add a bit of sparkle to your teaching this year by using some of our free worksheets that are added regularly to our website https://e-classroom.co.za/. E-classroom is growing in leaps and bounds. Since Intermediate Phase CAPS begins this year we have expanded to include Maths and Science Grade 4-6 worksheets and Grades 4-6 Life skills worksheets. This will be followed by other subjects.
We start the year by launching our “Professional Development Programme” where teachers will have the opportunity to learn about how to use technology in their lessons. This programme aims to show that the current world-wide trend of introducing technology in the classroom extends to the preschool classroom. Our learners are digital, so we need to make the most of it where we can. These talks will be held monthly. The first one starts on 01 March and will be held in the auditorium at Canal Walk, Cape Town. Entry is free, and teachers will have a chance to network and browse new products afterwards at the lovely KHOKI store, and collect awesome goodie bags donated by BIC. However, space is limited, so if you would like to attend, please send an email with your name and school details to [email protected] to register for the event which will start at 17h00 sharp.
We have become active on Twitter this year, so please follow us on @eclassroomsa. Of course, we’d also like you to look at our new Facebook page for updates: e-Classroom South Africa.
Have you thought about participating with your class in a global project? Since our last newsletter I had an email from Karin Stadler at Elkanah House in Cape Town telling us about some of her amazing global projects. “I’d just like to thank you for mentioning my Crazy Crazes project in your September Newsletter. This is the first such project that I have initiated and I am extremely pleased by the response to it. We now have 16 international schools that will take part until May next year! It is early days yet, but our Grade 4’s love it so far! You also mentioned the Global Classroom Memento Scrapbook, which I had the privilege of working on when it was in Cape Town. I saw how it was presented at the Australian conference last week and there was a lot of excitement around it. This is truly a wonderful way of connecting schools and students around the world. ..”
Karen’s latest project is the travelling rhino project – a very worthwhile project which should bring international awareness of the plight of our rhinos. Take a look at Karen’s blog post about this new project http://karenstadler.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/travelling-rhinos-project-save-our-rhinos/ Well done for all these initiatives Karen. Keep us posted about your rhino project.
Remember to develop a love of reading in your students. Please visit our new online book store https://e-classroom.co.za/shop/ to see what we have available. We are really excited about our bookshop and have recently added the lovely “Lula and Lebo” bilingual range. (isiZulu, Afrikaans and Sesotho). We also have the Science and Technology workbooks in stock for Grades 4-6 (English and Afrikaans).
We extend a special thanks to Bridgestone and Pick N Pay for their kind sponsorship of our recent worksheets. It is through sponsorship that I am able to keep developing free education content for you, so I am truly grateful to Companies who recognize the value in what we are doing.
Let’s continue to work together and support each other in 2013 for the sake of the learners in our care.
Yours in education