17
October
2016

Americanah or Washingtoner?

Greetings fellow teachers... yes, it's the great divide again. Do you go for the classic and enjoy a brief classic, with issues about gender and class? Or are you keen to explore the life of a young Nigerian, who blogs for a living?
 
Either way, you're in for a treat.
 

Categories: Macrat Musings

12
October
2016

The Consolations of Teaching 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde

There are many positive aspects to teaching Oscar Wilde in the Twenty-First Century in South African schools.

Categories: Macrat Musings

27
September
2016

A novel with all the ingredients of a soapie ...

  • A cold, domineering father
  • A gentle, compliant daughter
  • A mercenary, manipulative suitor
  • An eccentric aunt in love with the idea of love
  • A plot filled with betrayal, cruelty, suffering …

    The ingredients of a soapie? They certainly could be ... but they refer to a novel set for IEB 2017 ...

Categories: Product News

14
September
2016

Controls and Rules for Usage

Recent findings by the Family Online Safety Institute from a survey on children’s technology use revealed some interesting trends in parents’ views on how they manage the way their children use it.

Categories: Technology Trends

30
August
2016

The Picture of Dorian Gray vs. Life of Pi

I have had the pleasure (and the pain) of teaching a variety of prescribed novels for literature which is why I was quite taken aback when I first saw the list for the DBE matric titles in 2017. I had been expecting something Afrocentric, like ‘Things Fall Apart’ or a traditional, classic title from English Literature, the sort that comes up on booklists year after year.

Categories: Macrat Musings

10
August
2016

Website Credibility

This edition of Website Watch will take a slightly different angle, considering how to ‘watch a website’ and establish its credibility – a key skill in this age of information overload.

Learners today have become used to finding information as and when they want it, usually at their fingertips, literally, and mostly on their mobile phones. But how many of them ever stop to evaluate what they are reading there or assess to what extent the information may be credible or not?  This important aspect of digital literacy is a vital part of education today.

There are many aspects of a website that can be quickly evaluated and a few key ones are outlined below:

Categories: Web Watch

31
July
2016

Language Exercises Galore

Looking for more language exercises for revision? Do you find that your textbooks do not have sufficient exercises to ensure that the basic rules have been understood?

Macrat has the solution …

Categories: Product News

09
June
2016

Poetry packs from Macrat

Many teachers, parents and learners ask if we include line-by-line notes on each poem in our poetry resource packs. The short answer is ‘No’, although, as a longer answer, I would like to explain our rationale. Our purpose is not to replace the teacher and in most cases there are detailed notes to be found in libraries and on the internet. Instead, we include general notes which give learners an overview of how to understand and feel poetry.

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