Once you tell yourself that you are a failure, your mind keeps that declaration and you cannot do anything. You will give up easily even on the easy things that you will be doing.
Let me take you back …
I got a higher certificate for my grade 12 but I didn’t give up, I took the initiative to get back up again by writing the exam again at the end of the year. At the end of the year I did well enough to get admission at the University of South Africa. I am currently doing my second year in the Bachelor’s of Education Degree and I teach English, grade 10. I made sure that I excel in my academics and what I do in my class as well. I made up my mind that I want to be the best teacher in the universe and since then I’ve been getting so many opportunities and making the most out of them. I’m able to stand in the crowds and call myself a “Global-Minded Educator” because that’s what I am. I take what I learn globally and implement it in my class. I invest every little that I have in the hearts and minds of the children.
I believe that, globally, educators should focus more on the students than themselves. Not that they are not important but the reason why they go to school is to change the mind and heart of the students.
It is important to be a global minded educator because as an educator, you get a lot of opportunities to travel all around the world and inspire other educators and students across the globe.
You can’t afford to struggle solving educational inequalities because through the teaching and learning your heart and mind is changed. The love of the children will result to the love of your profession and you will understand that as a teacher you are not there as an expert or dictator but an instructor.
Game-Based Learning (GBL) is an instructional method that meets the millennial generation head on by incorporating educational content into digital games in order to engage learners more deeply. GBL draws upon the constructivist theory of education where learners actively make meaning of content by doing, as well as by playing. Today’s students, as digital natives, even without a lot of technology experience think and process information fundamentally different than earlier generations. GBL can be easily incorporated into any classroom and the engagement will be immediate.
This workshop will show examples of Game-Based Learning and give teachers a chance to experience it themselves by designing a game with an online platform called Kahoot. “Kahoot allows you to create a game for any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!” You will see that non-violent digital games can facilitate planning and problem-solving that can be customized to your curriculum. Mental quickness, vocabulary growth, teamwork and memory all are benefits of GBL.