Teacher of the week

By admin
16 July 2013

Our Teacher of the Week is Amanda Ntsunta. Here we ask her a few quick questions:

Name and age

Amanda Ntsunta (49)

What and where do you teach?

I teach English First Additional Language to learners from Grades 4 to 7 at Vukanibantu Primary School near Port Elizabeth.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I didn’t always want to become a teacher. When I was still at school one of my classmates motivated me to study education. Now I am really enjoying it! I‘m passionate about the profession as I’m in a position to make sure the kids get everything that they deserve – knowledge, skills and values.

Give 3 tips for other teachers in your field.

1. Start every lesson with reading. I usually get the learners settled in the classroom and then start reading as a group. After that, the learners must read individually. I then ask them questions based on the reading they’ve done. It’s important learners are able to express themselves through reading – you shouldn’t be in Grade 7 and not be able to read.

2. Make sure learners are familiar with the basics, such as the alphabet.

3. Always speak to learners in English, even if you’re teaching First Additional Language. This will help them grow in their confidence to communicate in English.

Give 3 tips for new teachers in any subject or grade.

1. Dedicate yourself to your work. That is what is lacking in so many teachers. Children deserve only your best.

2. Stay committed to being the best teacher you can possibly be.

3. Make sure you always come prepared – even on your very first day! Planning is extremely important because without it you and the learners will feel lost.

What’s your favourite equipment/book to use in the classroom?

At the moment I love using the iPad. On Fridays I usually take kids to the staffroom where there’s electricity. Then I use the iPad to teach them using the apps that I’ve been trained to use for teaching. The learners really love these sessions and participate much more than when I’m simply using the chalkboard!

What motivates you?

I believe children deserve the best and I want to make sure the learners get what they deserve. All educators are being trained in Caps and I enjoy these sessions presented by the education department.

-Shané Barnard

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