High School

iPlay in high school too!

iPlay in high school too!

The Grade 8’s at Silvermine Academy have been learning about various components that create movement. They’ve been learning about basic structures and what makes a structure strong. They had to understand how to make a gear, how to create pulley system, how to identify what forces were acting on an object, what shapes withstand pressure etc. etc. etc. But finally[Read More…]

by June 4, 2018 High School
EXAM FEVER

EXAM FEVER

We are approaching exam time and that always means two things.. Many stressed students and lots of marking for the teachers. I cannot help but think about the amusing, and sometimes very smart answers popping up while marking exam papers. A fellow teacher once had the question: “What is a Nazi?” in a history exam. the local afrikaans boy answered:[Read More…]

In the SPOTLIGHT with Gr 11 Design

In the SPOTLIGHT with Gr 11 Design

The grade 11 Design group had to show their ‘teaching skills’ by presenting as a group, the different Modern Design Movements and the characteristics of each movement. All had great fun as concepts were grasped in a fun and playful way with props and Powerpoint Presentations. The winning group, who covered the most facts and presented their ‘design movement’ with[Read More…]

by May 24, 2018 Design, High School
Gaining essential SKILLS with Business Studies Articles

Gaining essential SKILLS with Business Studies Articles

Reading with understanding is a real life skill and one that I try and teach by means of the weekly article book.  The Grade 10 and 11 Business Studies students need to find a current affairs article on a weekly basis and summarise the article and then justify the choice of the article by saying the effect that it would[Read More…]

Graphing Linear Functions in Grade 10.

Graphing Linear Functions in Grade 10.

During the past week the Grade 10 Mathematics class has been practicing drawing Linear Functions, by using either the “Table Method” or “Intercept Method”. It really helps to visually see the relationship between the x and the y co-ordinates as they are plotted on the Cartesian Plane. A function is a mathematical rule by means of which each element of[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 High School, Mathematics
Privilege: A Burden?

Privilege: A Burden?

Working in pairs, the Grade 10’s researched and designed Powerpoint presentations on remarkable individuals who have overcome crippling financial hardship and childhood poverty; rising to become some of the wealthiest, most accomplished people in their fields of work. It begs the question: if we are too comfortable as human beings, are we able to access the motivation required to be outstanding? Ivana[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Lets get “Cultured”

Lets get “Cultured”

The Grade 8’s were tasked to imagine themselves as explorers researching the African landscape for the very first time. Upon return they needed to present their findings about a particular tribe or community that they encountered. What better way to learn and experience such diverse cultures? Their presentations were outstanding and I was blown away by their enthusiasm and thorough[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 English, 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
Number scale at a glance!

Number scale at a glance!

Mathematical Literacy The competencies developed through Mathematical Literacy allow individuals to make sense of, participate in and contribute to the twenty-first-century world; a world characterised by numbers, numerically based arguments and data represented and misrepresented in a number of different ways. Learners must be exposed to both mathematical content and real-life contexts to develop these competencies. Mathematical content is needed[Read More…]

by May 10, 2018 High School, Math Literacy
Geography rocks in Grade 10!

Geography rocks in Grade 10!

The Grade 10s have been learning about the different types of rocks that we find on Earth. We were fortunate to be able to explore the “box of rocks” containing various samples of Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic rocks.          

by May 10, 2018 Geography, High School