RB Dithupe Primary School, Welbedacht, North West
Chantel Naudé is a young graduate with six years teaching experience. She is passionate about children and has been teaching grade R for three years, though she began by teaching grade fours. She says when she changed from grade four to R, one of the key lessons she learned was to exercise patience. “My focus had to change totally and I had to learn how to be patient, especially when teaching the little ones. I enjoy teaching the toddlers as I learn so much from them. If I had a choice I would never change again.”
Considering that little children hardly ever remain still, Naudé has had to employ various teaching strategies to ensure they each enjoy every moment in the class. She said when she first started teaching she felt extremely challenged, but has learnt a lot from her colleagues.
“It is important to stay humble when you get all this appreciation. I am recognised for my work and what I do with the children, it is so special,” says Naudé. Her advice regarding teaching toddlers is to be confident and friendly, because they can sense when you are not okay. “When you do your work every day you must be happy. If you have work that you are not happy with, the kids pick it up immediately.”