Teaching … what has love go to do with it?

Teaching is all about self-concept?
Our self-concept determines who we are. What we think about ourselves, what we can or can’t do and ultimately who we become… it is that powerful!

How is your self-concept?

Give some time over to a bit of self-reflection and see if you can remember any experiences that supported the formation of your self-concept. Time with your mum, dad, grandparents, teacher, friends…

Teachers next to parents are the most powerful people that ever cross our lives.
Do you know the poem by Dorothy Law Note “Children learn what they Live”?

If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
If he learns with hosltility,
he learns to fight……
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love……

With what is your child living?

Ask that question of the classroom climate that a child spends from 5 to 8 hours a day in?

In my view, Teacher’s need to enable children to feel that they are “OK”, that they are loved.

In fact if we look at our lives both teacher and taught, “our lives area shaped by those who love us and by those who refuse to love us” John S.J. Powell

Do teachers love and teach or just teach and refuse to love?

In my view, Teachers need to take good care of developing a positive self-concept within themselves so that they can develop a positive self-concept within each child that crosses their path.

Goethe said” In all things we learn only from those we love..” and Kahlil Gibran said” the teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness…”

So what has ‘love’ got to do with teaching?


A teacher quoted by Everett Shostrom in Man, the Manipulator said…
“I had a great feeling of relief when I began to understand that youngster needs more that just subject matter.
Oh, I know mathematics well. and I teach it well. I used to think that that was all I needed to do. Now I teach children, not math. I accept the fact that I can only succeed partially with some of them. I have found further that my own personhood has educable value. When I don’t have to know all the answers, I seem to have more answers than before when I tried to be the expert.
The youngster who really made me understand this was Eddie. I asked him one day why he thought he was doing so much better than last year. he gave meaning to my whole new orientation. “It’s because I like myself now when I’m with you,” he said.

Love is everything in teaching!

all you need is love


Just love the winning streak of the BOKS!

Yes being South African means you love to watch rugby! And yes, it means you want the BOKS to win!

So today when the BOKS won at Suncorp stadium in Brisbane it was awesome!”If you’re the South African, New Zealand or Australian coach, you’re always under pressure, the team’s always under pressure. They will want to lift themselves. It will be very physical and I think it will be very fast. It will be a very quick Test match.” – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer

Just loved what Meyer had to say about his team before the game…
“they will have to lift their game..” and lift their game they did for the full 80 mins!

The Springboks played with a passion and love for their game, their country and the results speak for themselves.
Well done guys!
We love you!
national bok team


Close Your Eyes – Michael Buble

This is an all time great song and of course has everything to do with declaring your love and commitment to someone.

The lyrics give reasons for why the singer is going to ‘stay’…

It leaves me with a huge lump in my throat and very teary eyes.
Don’t you just love love?

It makes me remember …
The beautiful cards my dad used to give my mum on her birthday …
words of undying love and commitment…

The amazing ‘liefde briewe’ that my sister’s boyfriend used to
write to her whilst he was in the army doing national service…

It makes me think of the times dad shared his heart with us and we
danced on his toes to music of his heart!

It reminds me …
That a lot of love is duty – “doing what we gotta do”.

That everybody expresses love in different ways and how we need to
be sensitive and aware of this with our loved ones.

That true love makes one feel secure – we choose to stay!

that love sees another as “one of a kind” despite our faults

If there was anyone whom I would want to give this song to, right
now it would be my gorgeous mum. This is for you MUM with all my
heart and love, and yes Dad, I know you’d love it too!

Close your eyes and listen deeply mum and dad.
We miss you and love you lots.


Loving reading, books and libraries…

At some point in my teaching career there was a natural gravitation towards books, reading and libraries. I am not entirely sure how it came about, except that I remember my then HOD went off to get married and I took over her position. My honours focus had given me a firm foundation in the teaching of reading, with both gifted and remedial students, now here I was, running a small foundation phase library for English second language learners. What a privilege it was learning how to make reading come alive, using multi-media teaching techniques like puppets, music, drama, art, reading aloud etc.

I remember that I delivered a paper  on these techniques  in Abuja, Nigeria. I also delivered a paper at an IASL Conference at the ICC in Durban on the same teaching methodology.

I remember that I changed the library boxes into alphabetical order according to author to take the students a further step into book knowledge and facilitate their use of a public library in some later point in their lives….

My love for libraries though did not start there… I remember always having my own public library card. Being able to go to the public library and choose a book each week was the highlight of the week.  But it did not start there either……

It began with my grandfather, who ordered weekly magazines for us from overseas… from Tennisson & Burrows, a Bookstore in Town – Durban’s CBD.  Each week us kids, took turns to go in with Grandpa to town by bus, to fetch the magazines, have a lunch of pie chips and gravy and then catch the bus home again, to curl up on the bed or the livingroom couch with our mag…. The earliest recollection I have of mine was “jackie” a teenagery-type magazine with stories, band photos, dating tips, grooming tips etc…..

I lived for this reading material…….

I also remember my Dad never being without a book… whether it was a Louis Lamour western or a Valiant comic or the newspaper or the race card, he was always reading…. at the dining room table. 

I am fortunate to be a librarian:

 instilling in little ones the love of books and reading. Seeing their faces as you share stories with them.

Having special library days, library sleep overs, celebrating Roald Dahl’s Birthday, Shakespeare’s Birthday, World Book Day, Readathons and many more….

Discussing with seniors their best reads and motivating those hesitant readers or non readers to dip into a book by sharing tasty titbits with them. Starting up a book club with eager young adolescents….

I am also now a grandmother and I like nothing better than jumping up onto the big kingsize bed with Esme and hauling out a new pile of books and sharing them. With her…… turning the pages.  With her saying “again Nana!” With her saying “what about this one Nana?”.  What a delight! This is love transferred…..

Being passionate and in love with books and reading is in itself a marvellous joy but sharing this passion and love with young and old alike is the ultimate in being a librarian.  There can be no better thing than to talk about books at an assembly and to have an eager face arrive at your library counter/door and ask to know where that book was that you spoke about……… nothing could be sweeter than that!

Today libraries are under serious threat worldwide, Technology is seen to be replacing the age old treasure we call ‘the book’. TV, Kindles, iPads and even cell phones are the new books. 
Parents don’t seem to have the time to take their children to the library…….. to share that love of reading and books.  To give them the experience of smelling, feeling, touching, hearing, seeing ‘a book’. 
This is indeed sad and one wonders whether the children of the future will eventually live in a bookless world? A love lost!