Articles by: karin.botha

The value of Peer Asessment in a First Additional Language

The value of Peer Asessment in a First Additional Language

According to research, self and peer assessment are important aspects of ‘assessment for learning’ practice. Assessing their own work or that of others can help students to develop their understanding of the  Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Criteria. Research has shown that learners make more progress when they are actively involved in their own learning and assessment. This term students[Read More…]

by September 13, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Interact – making a difference!

Interact – making a difference!

INTERACT is a club that functions under the auspices of the Rotary Club.  Silvermine Academy, led by the very capable and enthusiastic Skye Slack, started activities again this year. Our first project is visiting “Ons Huisie”, an Abbeyfield home for the aged, in Ocean View.  The students are making gift boxes for sweet treats and gift bags for toiletries gifted[Read More…]

by August 23, 2018 High School
The home stretch for Grade 12’s

The home stretch for Grade 12’s

The matrics are in the home stretch of their school career and the Prelim and Final Exams are looming. Most of their Afrikaans assessments for the portfolios are done, except the CAT assessments which consists of a blog, prepared speech and prepared reading. The theme for the Afrikaans CAT this year is, ” Afrikaans- ‘n taal vir vandag” in which[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Prepared reading is so much more than just READING!

Prepared reading is so much more than just READING!

This past week the Grade 11’s had to present a prepared reading to the class, but at the IEB it is so much more than just reading! Choosing a suitable passage is easy.  Finding a passage where you can motivate why you chose it, makes it slightly more challenging.  Students have to be knowledgable about the content and the topic[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
STRANGE ANIMALS and INTERESTING PETS in Grade 8 Afrikaans

STRANGE ANIMALS and INTERESTING PETS in Grade 8 Afrikaans

The first theme for Term 2 in Grade 8 Afrikaans is animals. The kids loved the video clip of the donkey farmer who uses donkey milk to make skin products, ranging from anti-aging to eczema creams. They were charmed by the story in their comprehension test of the rescued donkey who had twin donkeys in Oudsthoorn. Their reading passage is[Read More…]

by April 20, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Gr 11 career outing to Rocking the Future

Gr 11 career outing to Rocking the Future

The Grade 11’s recently went to Michael Oak Waldorf School where they attended the Rocking the Future career expo. This expo is presented by ISASA to expose learners to Tertiary Institutions aside from UCT, UWC and Maties.  Colleges such as Vega, AFDA and Open Window offer creative and design courses. The Animation School attracted quite some interest and the soccer[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Let’s get CREATIVE in Afrikaans!

Let’s get CREATIVE in Afrikaans!

It’s that time of the year when the Grade 10’s have to dig deep, get creative and write amazing stories.  Their brief is to write, illustrate and read a children’s book aimed at children aged 7 and younger.  The students were amazed at the quality of books done by previous Grade 10’s. The stories vary from lost children to healthy[Read More…]

by February 16, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
An Afrikaans teacher’s REWARD

An Afrikaans teacher’s REWARD

Being an Afrikaans teacher in the Deep South is not always an easy job.  Unfortunately, it is not up there as one of the favourite subjects.  So, succeeding at teaching Afrikaans successfully starts with relationship.  When kids feel safe and loved, they learn better and in my case change their attitudes about “Die Taal”! My great reward comes when a[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
From poetry to recycling posters!

From poetry to recycling posters!

The theme in grade 9 poetry for the past few weeks was our earth and how we treat it or should be treating it. The poems, “Krisis”, “Ekologiese voetspoor” and “Sal daar nog ysbere wees?” are three poems that addresses the way in which humans abuse the earth. Our ecological foot print and the heritage we leave our kids were[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Exploring our history through Afrikaans Poetry

Exploring our history through Afrikaans Poetry

The Grade 10’s recently looked at the poem, Riemvasmaak by Peter Snyders. Riemvasmaak is a settlement in the Northern Cape where people were forcibly removed to make way for a military testing site until 1994, when a process of land restitution allowed the return of families and communities.  The poem explores the emotions that the people of Riemvasmaak experienced during the[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 Afrikaans, High School