Teacher Is A Teacher

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“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart” (Anon).

Teaching is something that has always been close to my heart. Ever since I was a little girl all I ever remember wanting to be is a teacher. I was fortunate enough to have many teachers that encouraged and inspired this dream. I have always had the urge to help others understand, to improve someone’s life in any way I can. I know that teaching can be a very tiring profession but I feel the opportunity to inspire, empower and shape young minds is too great an opportunity to miss out.

The learner is at the heart of teaching. Education is about learning. Learning simply put is a process, a process that involves acquiring knowledge or skills through experience, studying or the act of being taught (Learning, 2017). If we dissect this definition we can see that
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Redox Chemistry) as a whole. It forces/encourages you to think about what prior knowledge your learners might have - this was a difficult section for me even though I had the content knowledge I didn’t have a firm grasp on the curriculum and what sub sections were taught in which grade, what topics were taught previously, ect. I had to think back to when I was in high school, read journal articles and consult the CAPS document. On TE I was fortunate enough to have a supervising teacher who was very approachable, knowledgeable and always willing to answer my questions. When it came to sections like learner prior knowledge, what learners find easy and difficult and typical learner misconceptions, she was keen to discuss them with me as she had 35 years of experience and had noticed certain trends over the years. We had to complete three CoRe’s this year as part of an assignment, one individually, one in pairs and one while on TE. I have mentioned above how useful it was having someone knowledgeable, with many years of experience to discuss the best way to approach a topic, what to look out for and where difficulties may

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