The "Joys of Teaching" Diary

I am a dynamic & vibrant, Foundation Phase teacher with a passion to teach & learn. I aspire to be the best educator possible.

I am here to SHARE those personal moments, advice, resources, and WHOLE LIFE EXPERIENCE of being a teacher in the modern world.

Operating as usual

Photos from Bahia's Baking Business's post 09/12/2021

Bahia Bakes for the win ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸŽ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ Made these beauties and paint your own cookie for OUR Grade 3 class party ๐Ÿฅณ

Photos from Silverlea Primary School's post 16/10/2021

My old primary school doing the things ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘

Photos from Teachers SA's post 05/10/2021

Happy Teachers Day to all the legendary men and women who continue to inspire and shape the minds of tomorrow โค๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒˆ

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 29/09/2021

END OF TERM FUN ๐Ÿฅณ Being artistic today ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘ So proud of my learners, embracing their talents๐Ÿฅฐ


Wow 7 years ago.
Today, I am an amazing and confident teacher, a humbled and well-rounded human being, & a happy and loved wife โค
GOD IS GREAT ๐Ÿ˜ญโค๐Ÿคฒ
I am so grateful for the endless blessings and proud of myself for all my life accomplishments ๐Ÿ’ฏโค

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 26/07/2021

Many blessings as we start term 3๐Ÿ™
May the term be filled with endless opportunities and learning, may it be prosperous, successful and lots of fun for you and your kids ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿšฎ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐ŸŽ‰
Continue to stay safe and stay warm โค

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 05/07/2021

This Teacher just got vaccinated ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’‰ It's worth trying to save the world, one injection at a time๐Ÿ™
Stay safe and blessedโค


Thank a teacher today! โค



Mm hmm.

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 14/06/2021

How can I be more excited than the learners about the insects that they brought to school ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ›๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿชฒ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿชณ๐ŸฆŸ๐Ÿชฐ๐Ÿชฑ
Image 2 is a rare picture of a spider carrying eggs๐Ÿ•ธ She even killed her mate already ๐Ÿ™ˆ


More facts ๐Ÿ’ฏ



The truth about loving what we do as teachers ๐Ÿ™โค



I know it's been a minute๐Ÿ™ˆ But we still here, fighting the pandemic and teaching our kids to be fearless and wonderful โค

Please go check out the eportal for all grades. The kids will love it and keeps parents up to date with what work is covered at school.

Stay warm โœจ
Stay safe ๐Ÿฅฐ
Be blessed ๐Ÿ™


The WCED ePortal is jam packed with resources, study guides & videos to support Matric learners. You can register & list your subject choices to get access to relevant content.
Visit โžก๏ธ



Back to the grind ๐Ÿ’ช
Have a blessed and exciting term 2 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘


Must read ๐Ÿ‘

As received: Anonymous Post

To the DBE

As an educator for nearly 14 years I would like to request the following before the return of NORMAL school, post COVID.

1. Go back to the old style of teaching methods, before OBE and CAPS. I can recall having to stand at my desk and recite the times table from 1 to 9 every morning. I remember being taught so thoroughly by my teachers, and being questioned on a daily. Teacher/learner engagement - aplenty - and certainly having to complete less tasks! Back then tasks were exciting and you couldn't wait to visit the library to gather your information. Now tasks are so many, and done haphazardly.

Let teachers do more teaching, for teaching, and less teaching for task completion.

2. Remove these tasks. Yes tasks have been slightly reduced recently, and definitely alleviated the marking process somewhat. As educators we are pressed for time in class. Hence we teach for task teaching, hence we rush through everything, hence we see so little improvement in kids, especially those with learning disabilities.

3. I implore you please please please keep the classes as small as they currently are. Our public schools have up to 50 if not more learners per class; my current largest class being 47. Which I, thank you Lord, have not needed to teach as a full group as yet. However IMAGINE the size of the class and those kids squashed in it. Primary and High School teachers have finally been able to assist the kids they would not have been able to identify in those huge classes. Those very kids who have now been recognized as a concern will once again get lost in this system. Why? Teachers have to finish the tasks you have set out for the kids, and everyone needs to be on the same pace. But hey that matters not right? That kid who gets lost, will pass anyway as a result of you. How many kids do you think are lost and pushed through the system because the teacher can simply not find the time to identify and sit with, nor assist those in need of it. There is not enough space for the teacher to move around in those big classes. The teacher is inundated with admin and marking and unfortunately has no time to constantly go back to the kids who need to be identified.

However if those classes were to remain smaller, MAYBE we educators would be able to find the time to assist those kids instead of letting them slip through the system. The classrooms are too full so now YOU force teachers to just progress kids! Build more schools! Employ more teachers! Add more schools to a growing economy!

This brings me to point number 4.

4. Stop progressing kids because of AGE, because of years in a phase! What is that? Why! That child could, SHOULD have been identified years ago, in early primary school. measures could have been put into place, the child could have received remedial class (if one existed), could have been assisted rather than pushed through a system which supposedly don't want to fail them - but is in essence doing just that - FAILING THEM BIG TIME! These kids are so ill equipped; they cannot read or write, nor understand basic comprehension. Why! Because they were pushed through the system, based on their age and years in a phase!

This brings me to point number 5.

5. Bring back those after school, extra classes and activities, where people from other institutions avail themselves to assist our kids. Stop leaving everything on the shoulders of teachers. We need outside assistance too, invest money in education and assisting us as teachers.

6. Bring in motivational speakers again. I remember rugby players and artists coming to my school; and I was motivated by their encouragement and life's journeys. Many others who persevered despite their environment; with morals and values and the will to rise above their circumstances. They gave us an insight into the possibilities out there; and the opportunity to realise there are a myriad of means to achieve ones goals.

7. Invest in sport! Invest in communities! Why canโ€™t DBE host soccer, rugby friendlies or camps for our youth. Please I beg you, go and see for yourselves the struggles of our learners. Help us get them off the streets.

8. Invest in guiding our kids outside of school hours. Create centres for kids where they can have fun and are exposed to mentors, and a big brother/big sister programme.

9. Stop pushing the button and giving the kids marks. Come out to our schools and find the time and energy, as we do, to sit with these kids and figure out where they are struggling and why. Stop giving them those marks so your results can seem good on paper per province. Stop inflating the Reilly's to inflate your egoes. The job isn't been done as well you proclaim. You are not sending them out into the world properly equipped. This is an injustice to our kids.

10. Stop dictating! Stop sending your circulars sitting in front of your laptops assuming that you know what goes on in OUR schools and OUR classrooms and having often unreasonable expectations; for the sake of competing with other provinces. Do right by our kids and our teachers from whom you want more admin than anything else.

Yours in REAL education
Ms K ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿซ

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 21/04/2021

Calling any companies, donors, sponsors, NGOs, financial aids or other types of financial support systems out there to URGENTLY contact me PLEASE. You can even tag them and I'll make contact.
These learners, families and schools NEED HELP AND SUPPORT with the school fees matters. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

So I'm sitting in class , folding financial statements and all my learners have this big "BROUGHT FORWARD" amounts. It got me thinking that if this is just my class, what about the whole grade, the phase, the school and all the other schools in disadvantaged areas.
Yes it's not a lot for big schools but it's a lot for these schools and families that have a DAILY STRUGGLE with poverty, unemployment, basic necessities and other needs. And it has only became worse due to the pandemic. It actually breaks my heart because it's an added stress or pressure for the learners and their families but also the schools. The school fees plays a huge role in teacher salaries, classroom conditions, safety, the environment and even the resources.
We can really assist the families and the schools and MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE.

๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“™So help me make that difference and spread the word.


Pray for Cape Town ๐Ÿ™

This image was taken by (Twitter) at 4:14am from Buitenkant street on Vredehoek, it paints a heart breaking picture of the blaze over 150 firefighters have been trying to put out all night.

According to the City of Cape Townโ€™s fire and rescue team, the fire is not yet under control this morning.

Road closures:
โ€ขM3 inbound and outbound is closed between Hospital Bend and Rhodes Drive.
โ€ขPhillip Kgosana Drive inbound is closed at Hospital Bend.
โ€ขPrincess Ann Avenue is closed between the Main Road and the M3.
โ€ขWoolsack Drive is closed between Main Road and the M3.
โ€ขIn Vredehoek Chelmsford Road and Pepper Tree Road as well as Tafelberg Road is also closed.
Report Supplied โ˜บ

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 12/04/2021

Modeling Clay and Play Dough fun ๐ŸŽจ
Life Skills Assessment ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Teachers Are Drowning And Self-care Isn't Going to Fix The Problem 07/04/2021

To all the teachers ๐Ÿ™
I see you ๐Ÿฅบ
I hear you ๐Ÿ‘‚
I feel you ๐Ÿค—
You are in my prayers โค

Teachers Are Drowning And Self-care Isn't Going to Fix The Problem There is no time for teacher self-care right now. Bombarding us with suggestions and strategies to take care of ourselves is not helping.


Happy Easter ๐Ÿฃ


Where is the lie ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™ˆ
I need a break ๐Ÿฅบ
Especially after assessments ๐Ÿ“


Is it just me ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 29/03/2021

Just some Motivation on a Monday ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒโค
A reminder to be blessed this week and inspire your learners to be the best version of themselves in all circumstances๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐ŸŒˆ


As a teacher , there are so many things that I can tell you about your children, their environments, their homes, their parents, their mannerisms and even their feelings.

It's important to set healthy boundaries in all aspects of a child's life and trust me its starts with parenting โค๐Ÿ™
I challenge you to pay closer attention to your kids , ask them about their favourite things and what truly makes them happy. And I can guarantee you'll have a happier child, a happier home and better results at school ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐ŸŒˆ

Photos from The "Joys of Teaching" Diary's post 17/03/2021

Today we conducted our first Computer lesson for Mathematics on Greenshoots ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ˜ฌ The learners really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one. ๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿงจ


It's moments like this that reminds me that what I'm doing is not going unnoticed๐Ÿฅบ And that my learners and parents appreciate what I do and am trying to achieve with their young minds โ™ฅ
TEACHER TIP : Remember that you are shaping the world ๐ŸŒŽ Stay motivated and dedicated ๐Ÿ’ช


Super excited about all the love and support that the page has received thus far. You guys are amazing.๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Don't be shy to drop me a message or an email or leaving suggestions on what you'd like to see on the page... Stay Tuned ๐Ÿ˜

Have a Blessed Sunday, be safe and keep warm โค


My name is Joy Jansen - a dynamic, eager and vibrant Foundation Phase educator with a passion to empower, enrich, inspire and help inquisitive individuals grow into mighty, successful, respectful and well-rounded citizens.

This page is for any and everyone who would like to know about all aspects of Teaching, Learning and Personal.
From Teachers to parents to grandparents, to learners and others.
If you are willing to WATCH THE SPACE for all of my perspectives on education, personal life and the WHOLE LIFE EXPERIENCE of being a teacher in the modern world and new norm is like.

I believe this will be informative, fun, personal and successful. So let's enjoy the journey together.

Here's a little insight on me.
Stay Blessed.

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