For years Ms Shezi taught the youngest members of the Bonisanani Primary family, nurturing and guiding them through their foundational phase. She joined the Edupeg team in 2015 while teaching Grade 3 and, under the expert mentorship of Mrs G, started integrating Teach Like a Champion techniques into her lessons.
At the beginning of 2016 Ms Shezi moved into the Intermediate Phase to teach Grade 4, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and insight that proved invaluable. Her in-depth understanding of Foundation Phase practices enabled her to bridge the gap for her learners, guiding them through the challenges of Grade 4 and ensuring a smoother transition to the senior primary.
Continuing with the Edupeg Programme, but under new mentorship from Robyn Pitot, she worked consistently hard to adapt her teaching style, and implement and refine new strategies. As a result she and her learners flourished.
In preparation for 2017 Ms Shezi did what she always does at the end of Term 4 – she visited the learners who would be in her class the following year. While this is a worthwhile exercise for those in Grades 1 to 3, it is even more valuable for learners crossing from the Foundation to the Intermediate Phase. The future Grade 4's felt reassured knowing who their new teacher would be (it also helped that she was already familiar to them), and she in turn was able to find out from their teacher which concepts had been mastered and which needed to be reinforced before moving on to Grade 4 work. Armed with this insight and the beginnings of a relationship with her new learners, Ms Shezi has been able to start 2017 on a very positive note.
Ms Shezi already has well established Entry and Exit routines which has made for smooth lesson transitions and co-operative learner behaviour. As a strong relationship already exists between Ms Shezi and her learners, techniques such as Strong Voice are sufficient for managing learner behaviour.
Grade 4 continues to be one of the most challenging years for learners and educators alike. This champion teacher is making the most of her unique advantage to give her learners what they need to thrive.
Ms Shezi's Grade 4 learners are busy with group and independent work while she circulates and does Affirmative Checking. Using Affirmative Checking means learners only start independent work once they show they've mastered the relevant skill.