Teacher of the Week: Putting things into perspective

By admin
23 September 2013

Our teacher of the week, Cobus Wiese, believes there’s an important distinction between education and teaching.

Name and age

Cobus Wiese (31)

What do you teach and where?

I teach business studies at Strand High School in the Western Cape to Grade 8-12 learners.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

When I was still very young I realised there was a difference between education and teaching. It became important to me to bridge that gap and not only to teach learners, but to educate them – which is something that’s not necessarily happening in their homes.

Give 3 tips for other business studies teachers:

  1. Motivate your learners to do better in their subject by setting goals for themselves. Then as teacher you should do the same and give it to them – find the middle ground and support them where you can.
  2. If you’re willing to improve your skills – make yourself available to mark matric exam papers for the National Senior Certificate. You’ll learn a lot and develop being an examiner.
  3. Keep an eye on the news! Things happen daily that have an effect on our subject.

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

  1. You have to have at least five non-negotiable values for your class. They can include what learners may or may not do.
  2. I’ve also learnt that it’s a good idea for learners to line up quietly outside the classroom before they come in – it creates a positive learning atmosphere from the outset.
  3. Remember learners look to you for guidance. But also bear in mind that some of them might want to manipulate you – look out for that!

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

I watch Dagbreek on kykNET every morning. It comes on around 6.25 am and is an overview of the day’s newspapers – I incorporate some of this in my lessons for the day. If you don’t have access to this service – read the daily newspapers. It puts everything we teach children into perspective!

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