‘Crack my code! (Kraak my kode!): Teaching syllables in Afrikaans’ – a guest post by @MrLotter


This is another guest post from Tiaan Lotter (@MrLotter), a Google Certified Teacher and GEG Leader from South Africa. Tiaan is a very innovative Afrikaans teacher who oftenfrequently presents at conferences around South Africa. Visit his website at bit.ly/MrLotter.  Tiaan often shares guest posts on the blog and his posts can be found at this link http://goo.gl/d3Sxfl.  His most recent post was QR Mosquito Hunt: A QR Code Poetry Lesson with Grade 7s – a guest post by @MrLotter. This current post can also be viewed on Tiaan’s Google site here. Thanks for sharing so freely with us Tiaan

So, there I was wondering if I should clap or count along to words to establish where and how many syllables there are. I decided no, I should make it different. Here is my idea:

Crack the code! Each sentence will contain a certain number of syllables, which is the first letter of your code. Your poem or series of sentences will then make a code or cellphone number… I started by asking them to use their existing knowledge to crack my code:

Now, it was time for them to to teach one another, create and crack codes of their own.

They swapped codes and cracked each others codes with enthusiasm. I walked around helping them and correcting them as they were cracking or struggling to crack codes. Finally, they had to post their sentences / poems and the cracked codes to their website portfolios.


View the Resources presentation at http://goo.gl/WbkVCb or by clicking on the image below.


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