The day-to-day complexities of teaching in South African classrooms are particularly challenging for novice teachers. Although equipped with knowledge and competencies from their years of study, often there is a gap between what few teachers know and how to apply that knowledge in a ‘real’ classroom. Practical Guidelines for Novice Teachers bridges some of these theory–practice gaps and aims at providing teachers with skills to remain motivated, professional and successful during their first years in the classroom. The authors are experienced teachers, who take the readers through the various critical aspects of teaching, giving practical advice based on their own classroom experiences. They tackle a wide range of aspects, including African perspectives on teaching, looking after your finances as a teacher, and dealing with sensitive curriculum topics.
The book provides guidance and hands-on information, such as:
- Teaching as a career in South Africa — what does it really entail?
- You as a new professional — what does this mean, how does it change your identity and how do you look after yourself?
- Diverse learners — how to deal with differing learning styles, temperaments and behaviours in one classroom
- Classroom matters — from surviving the first day to making your own inexpensive resources
- Extracurricular activities — from coaching to organising a school function