Circle Geometry in a Morning – UCT 100Up Project

My Take:

I recently had the privilege of designing a circle Geometry Workshop for the UCT 100Up Programme. All in all I really enjoyed the experience. Below are the resources I created for the Project.



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How to give Presentations that connect with your Audience

My Take:

A while ago, I saw a fantastic Ted Talk on how to give engaging presentations and I decided to make this mindmap to preserve the information in an easy to access format. It’s a great mindmap to glance over before giving a presentation, as it reminds you of a lot of the fundamental stuff you should be bearing in mind, if you want to reach your audience.



Full Page MindMap Link

Ted Talk Link


Term 4 – The culmination of 20% Time



The beginning of Term 4 

The 4th term was reserved for getting ready for final presentations and the presentations themselves. They happened  on Monday the 23rd of October and we used about two and a half hours to get all the presentations done. It turned out to be a fun event, with an atmosphere of inquisitiveness and celebration. All in all, for the entire 20% time project, we used around 25  lessons of class time (+-20 hours). Some students used only this class time, however some of the best projects used considerable amounts of the students own free time.


Highlights Video of the whole process – 2nd half dealing with the presentations



Reflections by Students and the Teacher who organised it 



Final Debrief after Presentations



Feedback after we had completed


Google’s Professional Development options for Schools

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Why it’s useful

All schools need to be thinking constantly about professional development for their entire staff. The Google offerings are extensive, free and have an active community of  teachers / educators/ administrators behind them. This is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to get their school moving in the direction of effective professional development. From personal experience I can highly recommend the materials that have been put together. They are all based on current educational research and have been put together with the spirit of fun and inquiry that Google seems to approach all its work with.


The Mathematics of Exercise & Nutrition

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My Take:

I am always on the lookout for great educational content that can be repurposed. This booklet clearly took an enormous amount of time to put together and the rigour with which it was assembled is staggering. It is a fantastic example of designing an educational resource & experience to the highest possible standard.

My thinking is that this booklet could be a rich starting point for any number of project based learning initiatives. With my particular focus being on Mathematics. I will add to this post in future as I begin to unpack the potential of the resource in my classroom.


My Top Ten Books to Read – Oct 2017

Below is a list of books I highly recommend. If you choose to read any of them, please make use of the links provided, as Amazon then makes a contribution to the up keep of the site.




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My Recommendation for a Good Webhost for running your WordPress Site



My Experience of Setting up this Site:

About 9 Months ago after a couple of false starts trying to get a blog/website going, I stumbled upon an article talking about using the WordPress Platform for the job. The article described how widely used WordPress was across the web and listed 3 highly rated WordPress Hosts that were setup specifically to cater for first time WordPress users. I had a poke around and chose the option that seemed the simplest, as I knew my enthusiasm for the job would quickly fade if I hit layers of admin to get up and running.

Finding SiteGround

So the provider I chose was SiteGround, and as I mentioned above, the main reason I chose them was the uncluttered look of their site. I have realized that when dealing with tech things I prefer straight forward simplicity and timely feedback to almost anything else. I was amazed at how responsive the service was, once I started the sign up process. I ticked a couple of boxes, chose a name for my site and then was given a message saying I would be notified when my site was ready to go. A few minutes later I received another email with further instructions. After ticking a few more boxes filling , making a credit card payment and clicking a few more links,  I was ready to roll .

Straight after that I fired off a new email, asking how to start learning about WordPress , with the intention of installing my own theme. Within minutes I had a detailed response and was able to make the changes to the site I desired. This process had continued over time with emails about things like plugins and widgets. Each time I received useful and timely responses. Compared to my expectations, the process of running this site has been far less stressful than I expected and as a result I  have spent the majority of my time, writing content for the site.

For anyone who is looking to venture in the world of Blogs/Websites I would highly recommend SiteGround, based on their customer service, simplicity of design and reasonable pricing.

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The start of my journey to learn isiXhosa


Xhosa language (Wikipedia)

Xhosa (English: /ˈkɔːsə/ or /ˈkoʊsə/;[6][7][8] Xhosa: isiXhosa [isikǁʰɔ́ːsa]) is a Nguni Bantu language with click consonants (“Xhosa” begins with a click) and one of the official languages of South Africa.[9] It is spoken by approximately 7.6 million people, or about 18% of the South African population. Like most other Bantu languages, Xhosa is a tonal language;[10] the same sequence of consonants and vowels can have different meanings, depending on intonation. Xhosa has two tones: high and low.[11]

Xhosa is written with the Latin alphabet. Three letters are used to indicate the basic clicks: c for dental clicks, x for lateral clicks and q for post-alveolar clicks (for a more detailed explanation, see the table of consonant phonemes below). Tones are not normally indicated in writing.

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