Teacher of the week: More than mere accounting

By admin
12 August 2013

Our Teacher of the Week this week is Elsa Boshoff.

Name and age

Elsa Boshoff (52)

What and where do you teach?

I teach accounting for Grades 9 to 12 at Curro Private School in Durbanville, Cape Town.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I think my teachers inspired me. I believe I’m “raising” good bookkeepers, accountants and auditors.

Give three tips to other teachers who also teach your subject:

  • Don’t get stuck in a rut – try new methods.
  • Explain “why” and not just “how”.
  • Be happy about every child that improves, and tell him or her when they do.

Give three tips for new teachers in any subject: 

  • You have to personally work through every piece of work the students have to do.
  • Accept that you’ll make mistakes and don’t try to hide it. Admit your mistakes and then fix it.
  • Love all the students – even the undisciplined ones.  This sometimes takes some self-discipline!

What is your favourite technology or book to use in class?

A data projector with which you can show the correct answers on the board and a whiteboard on which you can explain the calculations.

What motivates you?

My family, and children who say, “Thank you ma’am”.

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