Ms Dolopu, a Grade 6 teacher at Machiu Primary School in Port Elizabeth, has been in the teaching profession for 22 years. She is currently being mentored for the first time by Ms Vuyokazi Mafilika.
‘During my first days in the programme I was not comfortable to have somebody in my class, but as time went by I started to enjoy the working relationship with my mentor. I guess, because mentoring was new to me.
What I have learnt from the programme is the importance of a generous and giving mind-set which has helped me be totally open to receive any suggestions and ideas. I am no longer embarrassed to accept help as I understand the absolute need of my mentor-mentee relationship. It is a flowing support of help that is mutually beneficial. It is an absolute pleasure to have Ms Mafilika around as she has taught me so much already.
I have learnt various skills which I have implemented in all my lessons. There has been a positive improvement in my class in terms of answering and also asking questions by the learners which indicates that they understand my lessons. The techniques I use the most are Double Plan, Objective, Exit Ticket, and Do Now. They work wonders for me. This programme has offered teachers time to reconnect to their creativity. I am humbled by the support I receive from Edufundi.’