Ms Khanyile Nobuhle, affectionately known as "Buhle" is a Grade 6 Maths teacher at Ekujabuleni Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal and has been teaching for 12 years. She joined the Edupeg programme in 2014 and is currently being mentored by Nobuntu Makhaye who says that Buhle is very good at practicing the TLAC techniques, especially Double Plan, STAR, Cold Calling, No opt-out and Entry and Exit Routines. She uses the techniques to effectively maximise teaching and learning.
Buhle really appreciates the support from her mentor, especially being given guidance on how to introduce a lesson, the ‘I’ part (when the teacher talks) and says that her learners “enjoy the WE part (guided practise) part because they are not afraid of making mistakes as they know that it's part of the learning process.”
She says her learners are very disciplined, thanks to the STAR technique and that there is no more need to shout. Every morning she starts her maths lesson with a Do Now to practice bonds and tables which has led to an improved performance. The use of concrete objects that were donated by Edupeg and Standard Bank have also helped in this regard as it makes learning fun, practical and meaningful.
Buhle says the Double Plan technique is the most effective technique she uses when delivering her maths lessons as she always prepares well in advance and is able to clearly present the lesson, following all the steps (I; We; You :You).
Her mentoring and implementation of the techniques has transformed her teaching practice as well as her learners “the whole class has changed, they are open-minded, inquisitive, enthusiastic, motivated and disciplined. They are very active and eager to learn. Thanks to Edupeg, my teaching experience is fulfilling.”