Know your subject

As Life Orientation teachers, we need to find a way to connect our learners to the world of climate change systems. Allow the learners to find a pathway to not only see climate change as an abstract topic of doom and gloom, but a real-life matter of concern within their own context.

In this section, we will explore climate change matters of concern relating to Topic 1: Development of self in society.

This session will support you to:

  • Identify key themes and topics within Life Orientation’s CAPS aligned Topic 1: Development of self in society, particularly focusing on climate change as a matters of concern.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to transition climate change from an abstract concept to a contextual concern within the learner’s context, utilising a solution-oriented process of learning-led change.

  • Articulate the intersection between Life Orientation subject knowledge, competencies, and values and their relevance in fostering an understanding of climate change and building resilience to its impacts.

  • Establish connections between the learner’s self-awareness and their awareness of and responsibility to their communities within the context of the social-ecological natural world, emphasising the reciprocal relationship between personal development and environmental stewardship.

Despite the challenges of climate change, Life Orientation teachers can inspire hope and action through solution-based teaching. By focusing on sustainable practices, innovative solutions, and community initiatives, learners can be empowered to make a positive impact. Emphasise the importance of understanding personal identity and self-concept within societal influences. Equip learners with skills to develop a positive self-image, set goals, and build resilience. Please watch the “Development of Self in Society” presentation below for further insights and strategies.

Below is an outline of the concepts covered in Topic 1: Development of the self in society according to the CAPS Senior and TVET phase documents.

  • Concept: self-image
  • Changes in boys and girls: puberty
  • Peer pressure
  • Concepts: personal diet and nutrition
  • Concepts: self-concept formation and selfmotivation
  • Concept: sexuality
  • Relationships and friendships
  • Goal-setting skills: personal lifestyle choices
  • Sexual behaviour and sexual health
  • Challenging situations: depression, grief, loss, trauma and crisis
  • Self-awareness self-esteem and self development
  • Power, power relations andgender roles
  • Value of participation inexercise programmes
  • Life roles: nature andresponsibilities
  • Changes towards adulthood
  • Decision-making regarding sexuality
  • Recreation and emotional health
  • Plan and achieve life goals: problem-solving skills
  • Relationships and their influence on well-being
  • Healthy lifestyle choices: decision-making skills
  • Role of nutrition in health and physical activities
  • Gender roles and their effects on health and well being
  • Life skills required to adapt to change as part of ongoing healthy lifestyle choices
  • Stress management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Human factors that cause ill-health
  • Action plan for lifelong participation in physicalactivity

Self in Society - Know your Subject

Looking at the CAPS topics above, answer the following questions:

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