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A PowerPoint Presentation to use in the classroom when teaching students how to write an argumentative or persuasive essay. The presentation takes students through a step-by-step process including the following sections: - What an argumentative
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This is a visually attractive step-by-step explanation and activity booklet on subject-verb agreement, starting with a fun, interactive activity using contemporary music and student participation. This product contains: 1. Booklet:12 pages 2.
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A PowerPoint Presentation to use in the classroom when teaching students how to write a literary essay. The presentation takes students through a step-by-step process including the following sections: - What a literary essay is and what it is not -
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This product is a step-by-step guide on how to write a summary. Summarising is an essential skill, but one that educators often take for granted. This resource breaks the process up into seven practical steps, including active reading, drafting
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This is a comprehensive student activity on verbs for middle school students. It includes information, mini research questions and activities that enable students to apply the lessons they have just learned. The activity includes: - Action and
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A PowerPoint Presentation to use in the classroom when teaching students how to write a discursive essay. The presentation takes students through a step-by-step process including the following sections: - What a discursive essay is - How to
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This is a short introductory student activity on adjectives for middle school students. It includes information, mini research questions and activities that enable students to apply the lessons they have just learned. The activity covers the
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An essay marking rubric for poems out of a total of 30 marks. The rubric contains sub-categories: - General Impression - Form - Content - Editing, grammar vocabulary - Creativity - Presentation If you would like a customized rubric for $3.00,
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This is a short introductory student activity on adverbs for middle school students. It includes information, examples and activities that enable students to apply the lessons they have just learned. The activity includes: - adverbs of - adverbs
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A PowerPoint Presentation to use in the classroom when teaching students how to write a descriptive essay. The presentation takes students through a step-by-step process including the following sections: - What a descriptive essay is and what it is
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A marking rubric for speeches out of a total of 100 marks. The rubric contains sub-categories: - General Impression - Research Skills - Planning - Following Instructions - Organisation of Content - Use of Language - Vocabulary - Expression and
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This is a student activity on conjunctions and relative pronouns for middle school students. It includes information, examples and activities that enable students to apply the lessons they have just learned. The activity covers the following: -
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This is a comprehensive module on parts of speech. It includes student activities on six parts of speech for middle school students. It includes information, mini research questions, examples and activities that enable students to apply the lessons
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This is a short introductory student activity on pronouns for middle school students. It includes information, mini research questions and activities that enable students to apply the lessons they have just learned. The activity includes: -
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An marking rubric for posters out of a total of 20 marks. The rubric contains sub-categories: - General Impression - Planning - Following Instructions - Format - Content - Editing and Grammar - Vocabulary - Style, Tone and Register If you would
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An essay marking rubric for essays out of a total of 50 marks. The rubric contains sub-categories: - planning, format and content - vocabulary, editing and style - structure and length If you would like a customized rubric for $3.00, please
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"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela. This poster is part of a series of posters presenting inspiring and thought-provoking quotations from
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A marking rubric for speeches out of a total of 30 marks. The rubric contains sub-categories: - Planning and Organisation of Content - Use of Language and Vocabulary - Expression and Voice Projection - Fluency and Pronunciation - Eye Contact, Body
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A marking rubric for transactional writing (letters, articles, obituaries, diary entries, meeting minutes, blogs, reports, etc.) out of a total of 20 marks. The rubric contains sub-categories: - General Impression - Planning - Following
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A one-page list of editing symbols - with explanations - that teachers can use when grading students' papers. These easy-to-use and easy-to-understand symbols will enable you to communicate quickly and effectively with your students, turning all
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching on and off since leaving school – in homes, schools, community organisations, university, a prison and an orphanage. I have taught in Nepal, the UK and South Africa. I wrote a book of fiction for my MA in Creative Writing and have tutored isiXhosa at university level. Since getting my Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, I have taught English and History at high school level. Most of my time is spent teaching English, and I am also the head of my school's History Department. For me, teaching is a career, a passion, a means of personal development and expression of creativity, a method of community-building, and my way of trying to build the kind of world I want to live in.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is informal but rigorous. We read, write and discuss in each lesson. I have an excellent rapport with my students, and take their emotional needs and development seriously. I try to keep my classroom exciting, topical and unpredictable. Lessons involve individual, pair and group activities. I work to maintain a balance between pedantic attention to correct language usage, and nurturing the innate creativity of each student. I use a combination of visual, aural and tactile resources to cater to multiple learning styles. I regularly obtain feedback from students to facilitate the improvement of my own teaching practice.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

During my MA: scholarships for excellence from the David and Elaine Potter Fellowship and the Eriksen Trust (2009-2010, University of Cape Town). During my teaching qualification: Twamley Scholarship for best academic performance in first year of study in Education (2011, University of Cape Town). During my BA: University Scholarships for excellence (2001-2003, University of the Witwatersrand); National Research Foundation funding (2006, University of the Witwatersrand); Awards for Best Student in English Literature (2001, 2002, 2003, University of the Witwatersrand); Best Student in Philosophy (2003, University of the Witwatersrand); Best Student in Creative Writing (2006, University of the Witwatersrand).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

2011: Post-graduate Certificate in Education, with distinction (University of Cape Town). 2009-2010: Masters Degree in Creative Writing (University of Cape Town). My thesis was an original work of fiction: a novella and collection of short stories. 2006: Honours Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, with distinction (University of the Witwatersrand). 2001-2003: BA in Philosophy and English, with distinction (University of the Witwatersrand).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I have worked not only as a teacher, but also as a publisher - at the largest independent publishing company in South Africa - and as a grassroots activist working for social change, specifically in the fields of safety and security and education. The process of working with writers to bring their books to life taught me a lot about writing and literature that has proved invaluable in the classroom. My experience as a community activist gave me insight into the needs of students who are not first-language English speakers.

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