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Believe

Happy Wednesday Erbody!

Yesterday was our first netball game of the season! This is the first year since I started coaching that I actually dreaded the season ahead, though. Preseason was awful, nothing was going right with the players or the practises. On most days I was low in energy and often thought I taught nothing after a practice session. I struggled to maintain my passion for it this year and as a result, I just wasn’t giving it my best at all.

I’ve always believed that coaching any sport is a fulltime job and one cannot do it well along with teaching on top of your load. I’ve always felt I was not doing enough and I felt even more so this year.

So I stood there in the moments before the game, my netball girls standing around me. “Guys, I just want your best today. If you give me your best, I will be happy no matter what the outcome.” I meant what I said, but part of me was preparing for a dismal loss, to be honest!

One of my shooters is a Nervous Nancy: she’s very quick to doubt herself and I’ve often said in frustration, “Just fake it! Pretend to take the shot and go for the rebound!” She hardly ever tried that before, until yesterday! There she was, eyes on the hoop and I caught her hesitantly sneaking a look to the side for assistance. “Fake it,” I blurt out. My girl took a chance, faked it and made the shot – and every shot that followed after that!! We won the game because she finally believed what I had been saying to her for 2 years!

I found this video on my Twitter timeline and it hit me again! Coaching a sport is so tough! Believing in a team when at times they don’t even believe in themselves is heart-wrenching. But that moment they believe you and take a step and succeed is glorious and so beautiful! I was reminded today of how much I love this aspect of what I do!

So I guess we should never stop believing: in love, in hope, in victory, in anything, because a moment will come when that belief finally comes to life! I really needed that win yesterday to remind me and to spark my own hope.

Thank you for dropping by! Have a beautiful week ahead😘

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Give

Happy Humpday Erbody!

The week has humped and it’s all downhill from here. I am so excited that in just a few days, I will be on holiday! It’s been a long term and a long year! I just wanna rest!

So anyway, today I had every intention of sharing about my favorite jam at the moment, but I’ll save that for later🙂

My favorite thing about where I teach is African diversity. I have the privilege of teaching kids from Angola to Congo. From Zimbabwe to Mozambique. It’s really amazing! So, being in such a diverse environment also means that I often know what is happening in those African countries, well, the jits of it anyway. I’ve taught children who have been put at the back of a truck and sent to an aunt in South Africa in an attempt to escape war-stricken homeland. I know kids that couldn’t come to school during the Xenophobic attacks that often take place here. What happens in Africa has never impacted me the way it has during my time at this school.

And this is why I am so proud of my friend and colleague, Viloshni, who is heading up our Interact club this year at school. Among the many projects that she oversees, she has also started to collect clothes with the club to send to Mozambique where Cyclone Idai has devastated the many parts of the country.

Sometimes we get so overwhelmed by what is happening in our neighbouring countries and even our next door neighbours that we do nothing because it seems like we have too little to offer to relieve some of the pain we see. We need to be greatful for what we have and giving to others is one way of showing that gratitude. We are fortunate enough to have just a little more than we need, we really do, and that little bit more that we have can go a long way to help those who have much less than we do!

And so I hope you are doing the same where you are. I hope you can see the needs of those in your vicinity and even beyond that and that you find that which you can offer in order to be a relief to them!

Thank you so much for visiting today! Have a beautiful week and we’ll chat again on Sunday, as always! 😘

Sidebar: sometimes I think no one really reads my blog, but yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised by Afrobloggers who were so kind as to review my blog! So many affirmations of what I am doing well, and also pointers for areas of improvement. Thank you so much for this, guys!

Please check out the post here and have a look at their site as well to find more amazing African bloggers!

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Champion Teachers

Happy Wednesday everyone! If you’re reading this you are busy surviving the week! Keep going! It’s almost over!

So, on Monday I got to do some travelling for work. This hardly ever happens for me so I thoroughly enjoyed being outside the classroom for just one day!

My school is part of The South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition: A community of practice that’s made up of school leaders from South African schools that define themselves as impact schools.

Three times a year, we meet at these various schools to share best practices in the classroom as well as the running of the school we are visiting. Monday was Inanda Seminary in Durban.

Education is truly a passion that rewards you in more ways than just money. By far my favourite thing about this organisation and these meetings is how empowering it is to be surrounded by passionate leaders, teachers and student teachers who want to learn from each other and grow in the industry! I never leave without a nifty trick I can take back to my own classroom and a new burst of energy to use when I get back!

I hope that you too are working in an industry that you are excited and passionate about. I hope every day you are encouraged to do more in your field to make the world a better place.

Please check out the work that the Coalition is doing by following them on Twitter:

@Saescoaliton

@bridgeprojectSa

Thank you so much for visiting with me! Go and set the world afire! Have a great week ahead, dear readers!

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Coach

Hey everyone!

I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend! I’m looking forward to a day when I wake up and look ahead to a day of nothing but staying in my PJs and watching tv and eating junk food and dozing back off all day! It’s been a very busy time for me, but I’m loving every moment of it! I hope you are enjoying your own life at the moment! It is yours to make of it as you please so go get it!

So on top of being a teacher, I also coach netball. It’s truly a blessing to witness these girls on the court because they are completely different from the girls you teach in the classroom! And they learn so many important life lessons on the court through winning or losing, working together as a team, supporting each other, finding what they are doing wrong and fixing it – it’s beautiful!

So this is my 4th coaching year and I’ve been coaching girls that stay with me for 2 years then move on to the First and/or second teams of the school. It’s been mildly disappointing in terms of game results. Last year was probably the first year where my teams seemed to make a dent in the league. But yesterday the penny dropped. We went to the annual Saheti Sevens festival and for the first time I saw it: every single girl in the 1st team was coached by me in the lower grades! These girls developed into players to be reckoned with and I had a hand in their development!

This will never stop boggling my mind! The effect we have in people’s lives is immeasurable! And I am so lucky to be able to see a little bit of it in my lifetime and while they are still in school!

I hope you are encouraged by the knowledge that you and the work you do is not invisible! Sometimes you may not see the fruits of your labour but there are fruits guys so keep going!

Thank you so much for visiting today! Have a beautiful week 😊

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Colour Impact

Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you are well and rested and ready for the week ahead, I sure am🙂

Work has been really hectic this year but I’m grateful to be doing what I love every day and coming home tired but very fulfilled! Are you in my shoes?

So one thing is for sure about my work: there are never enough hours to get through everything that needs to be done! I just commit to giving my best every day and hope for the best.

My colleague hooked me up with this super cool colouring desk pad which has proven to help me in those moments when I feel especially overwhelmed. I take a few minutes each day and I colour, even if it’s just a few leaves.

When I first started, I thought my ‘work of art’ was awful! Despite the splashes of colour, it lacked beauty and creativity to me. I would quickly stop and get back to work because there was so much to do but also because I didn’t like what I was doing. But when I looked at the bigger picture later, I realised that even I was capable of making something beautiful.

My job also requires me to coach netball. In my first year of coaching, I had a learner that was truly something special on the court! Sometimes kids excel not because of us but because they are amazing. This learner went on to accomplish great things, making provincial and national teams. Yesterday, 4 years later, she won the most prestigious award for her sporting achievements. I was so proud of her! She told me that I played a huge role in her accomplishments. Apparently, I asked her to try the goal attack position 4 years ago and this has resulted in her earning many awards as the top goal scorer in the years that followed. She made me realise that I did that! I triggered her excellence when I had no idea what I was doing as a coach and had no idea the impact it would have on her life.

Maybe life is the same way. Maybe we focus so much on the details of our lives that we don’t notice the beauty we are making every day, and how the bigger picture is even more beautiful.

So I guess the moral of the story is to continue to colour our world. We don’t realise it, but we have an impact on people’s lives. It’s important to take time to sit back and admire the pieces we are putting together and to realise that it is a thing of beauty!

Thank you so much for popping in. It’s always such a pleasure to have you here! Have a beautiful week ahead and don’t give up on your life 😘

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Intruders – Shared

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post came to me as most of my great ideas come to me: while I was in the shower! I jumped out mid- rinse to scribble it down before I forgot!

So, I shared with you my then favourite read, Intruders a few months ago, remember? Well, I enjoyed it so much that I shared it with those around me! I tweeted about it, got my colleagues’s bookworm daughter into it and even gifted my sister with it for Christmas! The most recent share was a student of mine who strolled into my class and asked me for a good book to read.

She stormed in the next morning with nothing but complaints about the book, “Miss, why are the stories too short?! Just when I started enjoying them, they would end!” “I think the author should make a few of them into novels!” For the rest of that day, at line up, during break and sometimes in class I would find her with her nose buried in the book! She couldn’t get enough! She begged to keep it a little bit longer so she could read it again! It was so exciting to see someone else get as excited about this collection of short stories as I did!

Good stories are worth sharing with the masses! I am so privelleged to be able to do this for my students! I’ve even managed to rope in another student into reading it too! I hope she likes it too😊

Thanks for popping on today! It’s always good to have you! We’ll chat again on Sunday! Bye!

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Words of Affirmation

Happy first Sunday of the year, dear readers! I trust you have, loosely translated from African languages, entered the year well!

So, as you already know, I’m a high school teacher. You know that right? I’ve spoken about it enough times!

Our academic year ends in December in South Africa and matriculating is quite a big hooha over here! Last year was my first year as a matric teacher which is as big a hooha as matric itself! I was very proud of myself when I got it!

Any teacher will tell you that the first year of teaching any grade is probably the toughest because you are still learning the ropes, and so as teachers we have fast become accustomed to stumbling the first time around and getting ready to go again and be better the second time around!

So the year was tough, learning a new setwork and all the administrative work that comes with teaching this particular grade!

In early January, the results are released nationally so you can imgine the anxiety leading up to the day! I was so blessed to recieve some thank you messages for some of my students expressing their appreciation for the year!

These were, once again, reminders of the impact we have on those around us. I don’t think we fully grasp that and I am here to remind you, no matter what, that someone sees you and you have, are and will leave a mark in people’s lives. Keep doing what you are doing!

Thank you for popping in. It is always a pleasure to have you here.Have a beautiful day😘