Miss Nosiphiwo Dumapi is a Grade 1 teacher at Xolani Primary school in Gugulethu, Western Cape. Here, she has been a Grade 1 teacher for a little over a year and was previously a Grade R teacher for seven years. She saw the move into Grade 1 reflective of the school management having faith and confidence in her teaching abilities. However, she recognised that she still had some challenges and that is where Edupeg has come in. Her mentor, Lumka Mvunge, supports her in her daily teachings by taking her through them step-by-step, going granular. Since being mentored, her learner discipline and classroom management have both improved as she has been implementing the Teach Like a Champion techniques: Strong Voice, STAR and 100%.
Double planning has also played a role in bringing structure to her lessons. She now ensures her learners practice an activity before giving them an Exit Ticket, whereas before she would spend the whole lesson talking and then hand her learners an activity, which proved difficult for them.
Miss Dumapi has found the TLAC techniques very valuable for both new and experienced teachers in the field and says that by implementing them they’ve improved learner achievement. For her, she has become more skilled in classroom management and learner discipline. She has also cultivated a Culture of Error in her classroom which allows learners to participate and give answers in a safe and nurturing environment.
She’s also discovered that through creating a more positive learning environment she is able to spend time with the struggling learners, who she has identified through Affirmative Checking. Her lessons are interactive and not only focus on her as they did in the past and says “I have gained more confidence in my teaching.”