Teacher of the Week: Building relationships

By admin
30 September 2013

Our teacher of the week, Stephanie Steenkamp, believes a good teacher-student relationship is the foundation for successful teaching.

Name and age:

Stephanie Steenkamp (34)

What and where do you teach?

I teach maths and maths literacy at Centurion High School.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

Nowhere else do you get the opportunity to build relationships like in the classroom!

Give 3 tips for other maths and maths literacy teachers:

  • The times are changing; the way you teach should too.
  • You can always learn something from your colleagues, irrespective of whether they’re older or younger than you.
  • So many people are influenced either negatively or positively by their maths teacher. We should remember the way you work with children will have consequences.

Give 3 tips for teachers in any subject/grade:

  • Don’t allow negativity to smother your creativity.
  • You’re an expert and a professional when it comes to teaching; own it! If you’re not yet an expert, work at it.
  • Always remember you’re working with someone’s most precious possession [? their child].

What is your favourite technology or book to use in the classroom?

What did we do before data projectors, computers and Wi-Fi? I use Scriblr technology every day. There are so many internet resources and so little time!

What motivates you?

Children who flourish because of the results they see thanks to a little help and lots of hard work.

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