Jedd Harris

The former Kearney strategy consultant is currently an educator at St David’s Marist Inanda in Sandton, Johannesburg. Passionate about education, Disrupt Tutoring is the culmination of Jedd’s dream to provide access to quality education to everyone with the burning desire to learn.

The new normal: same same, but different

Despite the masks, physical distancing and reliance on hand sanitiser, there is little doubt that we’re heading back to some sense of normal. It’s most welcome. And the feeling seems to be mutual all round (introverted and extroverted alike).

Timeframes – moments in time

“My life flashed before my eyes.” Yeah, probably not though. Far too much content to flash by in an instant. So what actually flashes before your eyes? I have a theory. I call them timeframes.

Life lessons from my golden labrador – meet Dolly

I have been blessed with amazing animals in my life. From the laziest bulldogs, slobbering all over the place, to the most aloof cats sparing affection only when they deem it deserved. Then there is Dolly. And there is something different about her. She’s been with us for just over a year now, and has passed on some invaluable life lessons. Amazingly, without needing to be taught. Just natural wisdom about presence, love, openness and friendship.

Easing anxiety (well, we can only try) – the four pillars of wellness

Easing anxiety is a journey, potentially a never-ending one. And I can’t necessarily claim that I have defeated the beast. But I have realised it holds you back (needlessly). And it is intimately related to your lifestyle. So I have drawn up my own plan of action – let’s call it the four pillars of wellness (according to Jedd). They seem simple, but with the volume of thoughts swimming around my mind, it’s useful to have a reminder handy. I hope they can help you too.

Making group work work – download your free poster

Group work is a highly effective form of cooperative learning. No doubt you have put it to work to help your pupils learn actively and develop important social skills. But as great as group work promises to be, there are pitfalls that seem to be unavoidable. One way to help overcome these is to set the scene. Taking your class through this free poster can help.

Group work pitfalls – five things to look out for

Group work is a useful tool to unlock the power of cooperative learning. I have no doubt you have applied it and harnessed the numerous benefits it can provide. But it’s not all good. There are a few things to look out for and correct to enhance the learning experience for your learners.

Record keeping for the organised win – five benefits

Record keeping is an important process for teachers. It’s easy to get lost under the mounds of paperwork (even digitally) when an organised system is not in place. Here are some of the benefits to record keeping to help give you a little more motivation to put it to work.

Unlocking the power of communication in your teaching

Communication is a crucial part of the learning process. In fact, learning would not be possible without the sharing of knowledge and ideas, either through verbal or non-verbal communication. Furthermore, using sound communication strategies will foster increased learner investment and motivation, ultimately leading to improved performance.

Making an epic introductory video – some guidelines

You’ve decided to join Disrupt Tutoring and now you have to record an introductory video to make that lasting first impression (gulp). Relax. It’s not as stressful as it seems. We want you to have fun with it. To help, we’ve put together this handy guide to make an epic introductory video in the most effective way possible.