Teacher of the week: Set the bar high

By admin
02 September 2013

Our teacher of the week, Carla Grobler, is one of the winners of the Teachers for Change competition. She always sets the bar high and expects only the best from her students.

Name and age:

Carla Grobler (30)

What and where do you teach?

I teach mathematics, mathematical literacy and advanced programme mathematics at Tyger Valley College in Pretoria.

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I am passionate about working with children. I absolutely enjoy seeing how children develop, mature and grow into young adults. And I relish being able to have a meaningful influence on their lives.

Give 3 tips for other teachers in your field.

  • Be passionate about teaching as it’s reflected in your teaching practice.
  • Know your content of work so you can give different perspectives on how to teach a specific topic.
  • Be patient and be willing to give extra time to those who don’t grasp the concept the first time.

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

  • Be passionate about your job. Show enthusiasm and be excited about what you’re teaching.
  • Expect quality from your students; if you only expect mediocre work, that’s what you’ll get.
  • Use your time wisely. Be open-minded and willing to change and adapt.

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

I enjoy using the computer and projector as a method of teaching in the classroom. Learners relate to technology. But there’s nothing better than a whiteboard and colour whiteboard markers when it comes to explaining mathematical steps. There are so many useful resources out there you can make use of in every lesson.

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