education is not the filling of a vessel
but the kindling of a flame

Vicki profile 1kindle flames began as a series of reflections on my learning journey as I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education. Since then, it has become a space where I share my learning and teaching journey.

I completed a Master of Arts in English in 2011 at Rhodes University, an Honours in English in 2008, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007. I attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education in 2016 from the University of South Africa and completed a Teaching with Technology course from Wits in 2017 and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate from the Bay Language Institute in 2013.

I started teaching full time in 2011 and have since taught and lectured at various schools and colleges in South Africa, South Korea, Cambodia and Oman. While studying, I worked as a student intern at the Benoni City Times, Macmillan Publishers, and the Dictionary Unit for South African English. I also tutored English students at Rhodes University while completing my MA.

I have worked in varied environmental and geographical settings with people from many different countries which has opened my way of thinking to new possibilities. I believe it is important to bring new strategies, theories, methodologies, and practices into my teaching repertoire.

This is a cultivated space where I can develop my ideas about teaching and learning as I continue to do both. It is a blend of lesson ideas, reflections on education theory and practice, and essays on educational topics.

Read my MA thesis about Olive Schreiner.

I examine how Olive Schreiner’s peripheral position as a colonial woman writer enabled her rewriting of feminine identity, specifically her subversion of Victorian feminine stereotypes.

I wrote an article about the eportfolio I created as part of the Diploma in Tertiary Education I completed at Unisa.

This video summarises my eportfolio.

Here is a sample of one of my lecture videos.

Here is a sample of one of e-classes.

“We do not learn from experience…
we learn from reflecting on experience”
John Dewey

“Education is experience, and the essence of experience is self-reliance”
(T.H. White, The Once and Future King)

 “Where would we be without the agitators of the world attaching the electrodes of knowledge to the nipples of ignorance?”
(Dick Solomon, Third Rock from the Sun)

“The educational process has no end beyond itself;
it is its own end.”
John Dewey

“An education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on”
(Terry Pratchett, Hogfather)

“He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth”.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

“The man who does not read
has no advantage
over the man who cannot read”

We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
Henry Ford

The principle goal of education is to create [people] who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done—[people] who are creative, inventive, and discoverers”
(Jean Piaget)

“Education is not preparation for life;
education is life itself.”
John Dewey

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”
John Dewey

“The self is not something ready-made,
but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”
John Dewey


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