This is what Miss Nomava Vice shared with her Edupeg mentor, Joyce Baholo. Miss Vice is a Grade 1 teacher at Litha Primary School, who has been in the teaching profession for only four years, she is somewhat of a novice.
"As a novice teacher I am benefiting greatly from the Edupeg mentorship programme. First of all I used to shout at my learners the whole day through as I did not know what else to do when my learners were noisy and when I needed their attention.
When the bell rang my learners would all run into the classroom at the same time, pushing one another and screaming and they would continue to do that till they sat down on their chairs. Whilst I am busy trying to get ready for my lesson, they would still be talking and that means I would have to quieten them down by shouting once again. By the end of the day I would be exhausted and my head would also be sore from all the shouting.
My other weakness was to always point at the same learners whose hands were always up when I asked questions, neglecting those who never raised their hands.
I would plan my lessons but most of the time I would end up assessing and evaluating what I had not planned due to the fact that there was no clear objective in my lesson.
When Teach Like a Champion techniques came along with my mentor, I finally felt like I was in control of my class. Techniques such as Threshold, Entry Routine, STAR and Do Now brought back order and discipline in my classroom.
My mentor took me through a Double Plan lesson plan and assisted me to set clear objectives that would be directly linked to my Exit Ticket.
My mentor has also gone beyond helping me with the techniques, she has done some lesson demonstrations for me in BLA (balanced language approach), methodologies such as Shared reading, and Creative writing and Group guided reading which I then put into practice.
I also enjoy the feedback sessions because that is where we discuss the lesson and I improve and grow all the time."
Congratulations to Miss Vice and Joyce on their successful mentor/mentee relationship.
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