Mr Meyer, a veteran in Education and Marathon Runner has been making changes in his classroom with the Teach Like a Champion baton in his hand.
He trained to be a teacher in 1965 and after qualifying enjoyed teaching for many years, including being a principal from 1998 – 2008. Now, at the age of 71, he finds himself teaching a Grade 4 class at Bramble Way Primary in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town.
He has also started a running club at the school, which gives him a balance. “With teaching and long distance running I hope to make the learners believe in themselves while on their journey to their ultimate goal.”
He has a passion for teaching, self-discipline and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Using them he hopes to uplift learners and to instil within them a positive self-esteem so that they reach their full potential, which Edupeg also aspires to do.
“I have been truly blessed to be part of the Edupeg Programme. It is so relevant, especially with the learners we engage with. There has been a paradigm shift concerning discipline and work ethics in this era of technology. Learners during these modern times want to be involved. They are active and observant. We, the teachers, need to be well prepared, which is where the Double Planning technique is so helpful, and to make lessons interesting and memorable, we’ve been mentored to use the Joy Factor technique. The emphasis is on smart teaching, short and to the point, with manageable objectives and to be learner centred – the involvement of learners in practising and applying what they have learnt, following steps using the Scaffolding technique.
I use the STAR/SLANT technique which helps the teacher gain the attention of the learners and then I can move from one part of the lesson to the next and the 100% technique keeps all learners engaged. Circulating to check for understanding assists learners to be able to apply what they have learnt, which is evident in their exit tickets – another great way to collect data.
My Mentor has shared these amazing techniques with me and my fervent wish is for many more
teachers to be blessed with this powerful intervention.
I am here to serve the learners and at large the community. Knowing that I can make a difference is a great motivator. How can I know that and not be involved.
This quote by Lord Alfred Tennyson is my inspiration: ‘More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.’ ”
There are many more teachers like Mr Meyer. Click here if you would like to support us in mentoring them to become Champion Teachers.