Edufundi has developed its own Teach Like a Champion workshops to introduce and practice our chosen 19 techniques. These techniques are used as a framework for mentoring and supporting teachers. We have adapted them for the South African context and use training videos in the learners’ and teachers’ home language (e.g. isiXhosa and recently isiZulu, with subtitles) to make materials accessible for all our teachers. We offer these workshops to all staff members at our supported schools which have now been accredited by the South African Council of Educators, which means teachers will get Professional Development Points for taking part.
They have been broken down into three workshops:
Workshop 1 – Classroom Behaviour and Culture (classroom management techniques): This workshop concentrates on creating systems and routines to allow teachers to manage their classes. These techniques are focused around creating a classroom culture conducive to learning and teaching. Many teachers battle with discipline in their classrooms, especially with the large number of learners in our schools. The workshop provides teachers with simple tools and techniques to create a suitable learning environment. Our teachers have noticed that since they have been using these techniques, they are better able to manage their classes and spend more time teaching.
Workshop 2 – Academic Ethos (teacher planning techniques): The focus of this workshop is to set high academic expectations, plan for success, develop a lesson structure, pace the lesson and implement the CAPS document. The focus here is on supporting teachers in the effective planning of their lessons. Using the CAPS document, this workshop provides teachers with a lesson-planning template, and helps teachers set a measurable, manageable and achievable objective for their lesson, as well as an Exit Ticket, or activity at the end of the lesson, to ensure that the objective they set for their learners has been achieved. The aim of the lesson-planning template is to support teachers in Double Plan so that they provide time for learners to become engaged in the material they are teaching. They plan for what both they and the learners will do.
Workshop 3 – Checking for Understanding and Ratio: The focus of this workshop is to provide teachers with tools that will allow them to gather data on whether what they have taught has been learnt by their learners and the tools to act on that data through questioning, writing and discussion. The purpose is to ensure that all learners actively participate in a lesson, not just those who understand and always put up their hands. We also encourage teachers to build a ‘Culture of Error’ in their classrooms where all learners feel comfortable participating and trying to answer questions without being ridiculed for making mistakes.