Ms Mcengwa believes in making shifts in her comfort zone as part of her Professional Development Plan. Her strong belief in change led her to changing schools and has now be teaching at Intshinga Primary School in Gugulethu for a year. Her biggest highlight in her new school is joining a family that strongly believes in unity, one that does not dwell much on their differences but learn to tolerate and compromise for the sake of the school and its learners.
Ms Mcengwa works closely with the Foundation Phase Head Of Department as the Phase Head, drafting and implementing policies that can potentially improve the school’s adequate functionality. She also works closely with the Grade 3 teachers in setting out a programme in preparation for the Systemic Evaluations.
Ms Mcengwa is currently being mentored by Lumka Mvunge and when asked how Edupeg has helped her overcome some of the challenges in her classroom, she had this to say “I had major behavioural problems with my Grade 1’s. I actually even thought of swapping grades. A second challenge that had become a hindrance to the success of the daily teaching and learning was my inability to get all my learners attention and to have them all follow instructions. This often led to lessons not reaching their ultimate objective but rather confusion. My mentor and I worked towards implementing and mastering the 100% attention and compliance technique. I have even gone as far as to observe my peers who are mentored by Edupeg who do well with this technique, in order to observe what it is that they do when implementing the technique.
I have grown over the past few months, and still learn a thing or two every day. Teach Like a Champion techniques have made the overall objective of my job description a possible thing to achieve. Strategies such as using the double planning lesson plan has equipped me to plan lessons that that aren’t just teacher-centered but lessons that ensure that every stakeholder in my class plays their significant role in ensuring that concepts covered are meaningfully embedded."
She added that some of the benefits she’s noticed in her teaching career since being mentored are that she’s grown from thinking that people who come in to her classroom are only there to critique her. She’s comfortable having peers observe her lessons and very importantly, she praises more and spends less time shouting and cursing. The changes she’s noticed in her classroom since receiving Edupeg support are that learners follow routines as they are consistently reinforced, learners know their roles and responsibilities and learners are engaged in lessons in a meaningful way.
We’re excited to continue seeing Ms Mcengwa prosper in her career, positively impacting her learners.
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