Ms Mpukuzela is a Grade 3 teacher in her second year of teaching at Xolani Primary School. She was recently interviewed by her Edupeg mentor, Lumka Ndlungwana, on how she came to teach at Xolani Primary and how being on the Edupeg programme has affected her teaching practice, she had this to say:
“I became a teacher because I wanted to impart the knowledge and skills I received through academic practice and Xolani PS afforded me that opportunity. My biggest highlight was realising that the skills and knowledge I have received through my qualification is not enough to make the best teacher. It came to my attention that teaching is an ongoing process and requires life-long learning. A teacher needs to be developed through being involved in various programmes such as TLAC.”
This is how Edupeg and her mentor have helped her overcome some of the challenges in her classroom, “The Edupeg TLAC programme helped me a lot in overcoming challenges I encountered daily in my classroom. The challenges such as learner discipline, classroom organisation, lesson preparation and presentation and checking for understanding and engaging the learners. My learners are well behaved and responsible for their learning, they are task focused. My classroom is well organised. My mentor introduced me to the technique Entry Routine which helps me to greet my learners at the door and check their emotions and intervene immediately to prepare them for learning. My lesson preparation and presentation has improved. I am no longer teaching a few learners, but the whole class.
My mentor helped me to improve discipline by introducing techniques like Star, 100% attention and compliance, Strong Voice etc. I don’t have to shout anymore and learners understand the cues. My learners are involved in lessons and in reading due to the techniques I use like placeholder and spot check. They are always ready to write due to the implementation of Show Me. My learners are always ready to learn due to the support.”
She commented on the difference and effect she has noticed in her teaching career being supported by an Edupeg mentor, “This support made me feel confident and independent as the teacher and always ready for my class. I am always on time to task and I achieve my lesson objectives. I have acquired life time skills and knowledge. My goal is to be the best teacher in producing excellent learners. Through this support I’m thrilled to be achieving my goal.”
And further commentary on the changes in her classroom, “My classroom is well organised and my learners are well disciplined. I am always ready with my prepared lessons. There is no time for idling for my learners. My lesson presentations are flowing and are at their best. My classroom is conducive to learning and inclusive education is happening.
I would like to send words of gratitude to my caring and patient Mentor Ms. Ndlungwana, that I
could not have achieved so much without her guidance. She is the best mentor ever!
To my principal, Mrs. Sakasa, deputy and HODs, thank you for selecting me to be part of this wonderful programme. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity.”
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