Midweek Refresh – Homework

Midweek Refresh – Homework

Homework, how do you feel when you hear that word? Does it send you back to being a kid at school again and the inward groan when homework is set? Do you think about your own children and the help they’ll need this evening when they sit down to get it done? Or is it […]

Tip for Tuesday – Time Keeping Habits

Tip for Tuesday – Time Keeping Habits

With a tight schedule of 25 minute sessions, 5 minute gaps in between and a structured class, sometimes the minutes just seem to vanish before you. The five minute slot for note taking and getting into the classroom can disappear before your eyes as you load the next class – perhaps the student before started […]

What are ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies’

What are ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies’

One of the first things one may notice when joining IQBar is the interesting names given to the students and teachers, ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies. The answer as to why these are the names cannot be found in the FAQ or the welcome pack so we decided it was high time to ask our CEO Helen […]

What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

If you are anything like me, you would also be wondering what a TEFL certification actually means. When I embarked on my journey towards achieving my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, I frequently crossed paths with the phrase ‘TEFL certification’. At the time of my studies, a bunch of people I knew where getting ready […]

Tip for Tuesday – Using Teams

Tip for Tuesday – Using Teams

We’re excited to announce that today we’ll be shifting all IQBar communication to Microsoft Teams! Teams will be replacing Wechat and a number of other apps we currently use to become our centralised communication hub. Within the new platform, each Buddy will be given a personalised IQBar email which all notifications will be sent to, […]

#TipForTuesday – What to do if the Classroom Goes Down

#TipForTuesday – What to do if the Classroom Goes Down

Technology is a wonderful thing. It has made our lives immeasurably easier, we can find information at the click of a button, we can take photographs of black holes, we can teach from an interactive classroom in one country all the way to our student in another. …But sometimes it goes wrong. Technology failing is […]

What is Loadshedding and How Can we Cope?

What is Loadshedding and How Can we Cope?

LOADSHEDDING: An action to reduce the load on something, especially the interruption of an electricity supply to avoid excessive load on the generating plant. The dreaded loadshedding, striking anxiety in the hearts of South African Buddies. It is a constant source of worry about teaching schedules and power. It can be overcome however, there are […]

Tip for Tuesday – Time Management

Tip for Tuesday – Time Management

An important area in any part of the teaching profession is time management and this covers many areas of teaching. There is lesson planning which involves making sure a lesson runs on time and includes all of the aims for the lesson, reviewing at the end of sessions and doing this in a timely manner, […]

Preparing to Teach Online for the First Time

Preparing to Teach Online for the First Time

Written by Rose Lombard, a current Buddy at IQBar Online teaching is one of those topics that sound quite daunting at first, well; at least it did to me. I am an introvert, so this seemed like something very scary for me to do. It’s the fear of the unknown I guess, but boy am […]

Tip for Tuesday: SMART Targets

Tip for Tuesday: SMART Targets

You may have heard this term bandied around in education circles or in IQBar’s chat group, but what are SMART targets and how can you use them to help your students? SMART targets are a way of making sure your student is progressing at the right pace for them with manageable, easily mapped progress. This […]