The main objective of education is the effective preparation of learners for life, citizenship and the world of work. It can be argued that the Foundation Phase is the most vital part of formal schooling as it is here that the fundamentals for reading, writing and mathematics are imparted which will carry learners successfully to matric and beyond. Teaching in the Foundation Phase goes far beyond the formal instruction of these subjects, however, as teachers are also tasked with supporting learners with behavioural, social and physical developmental milestones.
Teaching in the Foundation Phase focuses on contemporary strategies to assist teachers in becoming confident professionals in South Africa’s diverse, multicultural classrooms. It also discusses the roles that Foundation Phase teachers have to fulfill, from carer to educator, in order to be fulfilled in their work and be considered competent teachers.
Contents include the following:
· Characteristics, roles and competencies of an effective Foundation Phase teacher
· The role of reflection in teaching
· Curriculum development and Africanising
· Lesson planning
· A neuroscientific view on teaching
· Technology in the classroom
· Teaching, learning and assessment strategies
· Teaching for diversity
· Handling discipline
· Involving parents and volunteers
· Content integration for meaningful learning
Teaching in the Foundation Phase is aimed at beginner teachers as well as current teachers and heads of departments.
Section A: The teacher in the Foundation Phase
1. Characteristics, roles and competencies of an effective Foundation Phase teacher
2. The role of reflection in teaching in the Foundation Phase
3. Professionalisation of teachers in South Africa’s Foundation Phase: Demarcating the issues
Section B: Curriculum planning in the Foundation Phase
4. Past and present of curriculum development in South Africa
5. Africanising the curriculum in the Foundation Phase: What does it mean?
6. Lesson planning
7. A neuroscientific view on teaching in the Foundation Phase
8. Including technology for effective teaching in the Foundation Phase
9. Teaching and learning strategies in the Foundation Phase
10. Effective assessment strategies in the Foundation Phase
11. Using an integrated curriculum approach to plan meaningful learning opportunities for Foundation Phase learners
Section C: Factors influencing teaching in the Foundation Phase
12. Management, administration and organisation in the Foundation Phase classroom
13. Teaching for diversity
14. Handling discipline in the Foundation Phase classroom
15. Involving parents and volunteers to support learning success
16. Male teachers in the Foundation Phase: Is South Africa ready?
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