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  • Towards thriving, not just surviving - the journey from pre-service to beginner teacher
  • Botha C, Wolhuter C, Vos D
  • ISBN: 9780627037702
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627037719
  • 196 Pages | Published: 2020

Beginner teachers are faced with an exciting yet daunting world when entering the teaching profession. They struggle with the fact that their years of studying did not fully prepare them for what they would be facing in the workplace. Managing themselves, the classroom and specific kinds of relationships for the first time can be overwhelming for even the most robust. Towards thrivingnot just surviving will help teachers to flourish in the school environment and remind them of why they heeded the call to join this profession. 

Towards thriving not just surviving is written by experienced teacher trainers who paid their dues at the chalkface. It will develop beginner teachers’ confidence and competence to know what to do and how to do it, so that they can realise an empowered, inspired, motivated and grounded personal and professional identity.

Contents include the following:


         Codes of conduct

         Lifelong learning


         Planning for your future

         Navigating job interviews

         Types of learners

         How to deal with parents, learners and colleagues


         Stress and burnout

         Being a reflective practitioner

         Caring for others and yourself

         Classroom management


         Administrative skills

         Time management 

Towards thrivingnot just surviving is aimed at beginner and student teachers.

Dr Carolina Botha is the academic coordinator of Work Integrated Learning in the School of Professional Studies in Education at North-West University (NWU). In 2017, she was awarded the Distinguished Institutional Teaching Award.

Charl Wolhuter is a professor in comparative and international education at NWU.  He is the author of various books and articles on the history of education and comparative education, and often speaks about these topics at conferences.

Dr Deon Vos worked as a teacher, head of department, deputy principal and principal for more than 20 years. He is currently a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education’s School of Professional Studies at NWU.



Chapter 1: The ten golden rules of teaching

Chapter 2: The teacher as a professional

Chapter 3: Classroom management


Chapter 4: Making the best of practical teaching or work integrated learning (WIL)

Chapter 5: Staying on top of your game – professional application

Chapter 6: The educator as a professional person

Chapter 7: Mentorship – the journey to success


Chapter 8: Living out my calling – teaching with passion for a purpose

Chapter 9: References and sources consulted Stress, burnout, self-care and building resilience


Chapter 10:  Learners and learning

Chapter 11:  It is all about relationships – dealing with parents, colleagues and stakeholders

Chapter 12:  Humanising teaching

Chapter 13:  Technology and the classroom


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