Author Archives: ShellySchutte

Turning Learning Barriers into Learning Gifts

A diagnosis of dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety or any other learning disorder can be an overwhelming experience. It may come with a sense of relief: Finally, there is an answer, a reason for why it has been so difficult for your … Continue reading

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Managing Multi-Grading and Differentiation

In school and university, I thought that if one studied science teaching, one would became a science teacher. That was that. Science would be forever your domain. The reality is a lot more messy. In a school, gaps open up and … Continue reading

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Using ISPACED to vary sentence structure in writing

I’m always struggling to find ways to encourage my students to vary their sentences. They  tend to  ‘go with what comes naturally’ and stubbornly stick to the same general structure,especially when it comes to sentence openings. This is troubling as … Continue reading

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CAPS vs Cambridge

I finally got round to comparing CAPS and Cambridge. This article details a few of my thoughts, having taught both curricula Continue reading

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Why South African Private Schools should embrace the 3 term approach

Growing up, I attended public schools in South Africa and blithely accepted that a school year had 4 terms. I could never imagine any other way because I had not seen any other way! It was only when I started … Continue reading

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Why good teachers leave

I recently resigned from my first international teaching job. All teachers who had been there for more than a year chose not to renew their contracts and it was a devastating situation. I adored and admired my students and in … Continue reading

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Giving Useful Feedback to Students

Giving continuous, useful feedback is such an integral part of good teaching. I’m at a loss as to why it does not form a bigger part of the PGCE! Many new teachers (myself included) struggle with how to give good … Continue reading

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Learning to Learn

John and Hank Green are two of my innovation heroes. They have transformed the online landscape in so many ways and Crash Course and Scishow (though both have their faults) are pioneering educational video channels. They are also just all … Continue reading

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Amazing Hoop Gliders

Continuing the STEM theme, I present to you…. The Amazing Hoop Glider! There’s not a child in the world who doesn’t love making paper airplanes. Recently, we decided to do another combined  science class where students had to just that… … Continue reading

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Defining Democracy for Secondary Students

If you’ve read a few of my posts, you’ve probably picked up I think students knowing their civic roles and responsibilities is vital. We live in an era where there is too much tension and hatred – of other races, … Continue reading

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