Earlier in the year we welcomed two new mentors to our Western Cape team, Phillip Manenge and Linda Matiwane. They have both noticed considerable differences in many of their teachers, and below we are introduced to two of them:
Meet Mr Siyanda Magida. He is a Grade 4 teacher at Lwandle Primary School in Khayelitsha. He is in his second year of teaching and with the support of his Edupeg mentor, Phillip Manenge, Mr Magida is making great progress, impacting positively on his learners and thoroughly enjoying his second year of teaching. Mr Magida had originally applied to do his LLB as his passion was in law but took up teaching as a profession and soon found his love for it.
Mr Magida has improved his teaching practice from sitting in front of his class on his table to moving around his class, circulating and engaging with his learners and checking for understanding, ensuring all his learners understand his instructions and the concepts he is teaching them.
He has taught his learners both Entry and Exit routines, which they are following very well and has improved learner behaviour. During reading time he has enforced a rule that his learners must point to the words as they are being read, by doing so his learners have improved in vocabulary and spelling because as they read the words they visualise them at the same time and when they come across new words they check their meanings in the dictionary which has also lead to improved vocabulary and spelling.
Here we have Ms Nontozamo Ntabankulu, she is in her fourth year of teaching and is a Grade 1 teacher at Lwandle Primary School in Khayelitsha, mentored by Linda Matiwane.
She comes from the Eastern Cape and started teaching in the Western Cape in 2014. She’s always enjoyed teaching, but when she started working in the Western Cape she was faced with new challenges. The classes were bigger and she found it difficult to discipline and control her class. However, since she started implementing many of the Teach Like a Champion techniques (TLAC), especially those related to classroom Behaviour and Culture, she has noticed a positive shift in her class.
Pictured here with her class, the learners had just finished writing and are taking part in a Joy Factor technique for some merriment. She particularly likes the Double Planning technique saying it makes her teachings easier as she is able to get the focus of the lesson once she has the objective first - coupled with an Exit Ticket she is able to plan her lesson in a much more structured and easier way. She found it so helpful that she translated the template of Double Planning into IsiXhosa and printed it out for all teachers in the Foundation Phase. The H.O.D of the Foundation Phase was so impressed by the way she implemented the TLAC in their staff development sessions.
Both of these teachers are testament to dedication and perseverance yielding positive results.