Recently I had to put together a summary of important details related to the GR12 Maths curriculum in South Africa in relation to a workshop I was preparing. I thought it would useful to preserve a record of the documents I retrieved for this purpose. I also did a MindMap which divided P1 and P2 into two theoretical 3 hour revision sessions, weighted by the mark allocation applied in the final exam.
Link to full GR12 Exam Guidelines Document
Link to CAPS Document for FET Mathematics
Recently I finished reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport after hearing it referenced in one of my favourite Ted Talks. It deals a lot with the issue of using our time in productive ways and especially limiting our use of technology to things that actually add value to our lives and education. It definitely helped shape an awareness in me, that not every tech tool that seems useful is worthy of my time. Time is our ultimate scare resource and so we would should allocate our time, including our technology usage in a way that is most conducive to us reaching our goals. It’s well worth a read in the context of how our modern lives are being saturated with technology and how we as individuals need to set appropriate boundaries to deal with this.
Link to full MindMap
I have been thinking a lot lately about the fundamentals of education. There is so much written about new innovations or new ideas on the web these days and it’s easy to get overwhelmed as a teacher. It’s also hard to know how to capture the good stuff you see out there, and actually use it to make your the learning environment a more effective and exciting place to be.
A strategy that I am being drawn to more and more is mindmapping excellent pedagogical content I see on the web to retain and process the information. I can then come back to it a later stage and customise it for my context and hopefully add even more useful information to this new resource that informs my ever growing skills as a teacher.
I have a small example below taken from one of my favourite Youtube Talks done by Robert Duke. In it he mentions what he thinks are the fundamental skills of effective teaching. This is something all teachers would benefit from bearing in mind whenever they plan for learning engagements. However it’s easy for this view point to get lost, amongst the business that is the normal school day. However by creating a mindmap you create an efficient visual template, you can use as a base, the next time you do planning for an original learning engagement. Below is the simple example I created from the talk I mentioned above.
The tool that I use most of the time is called MindMup.
Link to Full Mindmap