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Edupeg is a primary school education non-profit and registered Section 21 organisation. The focus of intervention for Edupeg is on the most important element in the system - the teacher. Our team of 17 highly skilled and experienced teacher-mentors visit primary schools to mentor and support teachers in their classrooms. They use teaching techniques from the acclaimed Teach Like A Champion book to mentor and support teachers in the challenging environments in which they work. With sustained and meaningful support at this level of the education system, we can remediate some of the gaps that many of our teachers and learners are experiencing in the Foundation (Grade 1-3) and Intermediate Phases (Grade 4-6). The exercise of trying to change teaching practice becomes nearly impossible in later years, where the deficits are so great that any remediation is like pouring water into a bucket full of holes.
 

 
Edupeg results

 
With support from school leadership, working with small groups of motivated teachers and utilising a few simple, effective teaching techniques, all this enables teachers to better manage their classrooms, resulting in visible improvements in teaching practice and in turn learner performance.


Edupeg Vision


To be a sought-after provider of quality educational mentorship and capacity building to teachers in primary schools, so that all our children have a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge and are well prepared to achieve their full potential.


Edupeg Mission


Edupeg aims to unlock the potential of our children by promoting quality education in primary schools through teacher mentorship and support.
 
We know that Education in South Africa is currently in crisis; we have a very committed and experienced team working towards changing this so that each of our teachers, and in turn the children they teach, can indeed achieve their full potential.
 

The Work We Do
 

“Teachers are, and have always been, the primary focus of schooling systems around the world. Being the single most important element of the education system, the quality of a country’s teachers is intimately related with the quality of its education system.” (Spaull, 2013, p. 24)

We provide direct in-classroom support and training to:

  • 49 primary schools
  • Across 4 provinces in South Africa
  • Directly impacting 262 teachers
  • Indirectly benefitting 10,531 children they teach


Mentoring


Our mentors use techniques from the book Teach Like a Champion to support excellent teaching practice. This book comprising 62 teaching techniques used by Master Teachers around the world, is focused around creating a classroom environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. Our team focuses on the following objectives during their time in the classroom:

  • Classroom culture: organization and systems, discipline, good learner behaviour and physical aspects of the classroom
  • Planning: CAPS, lesson structure, delivery, pacing and differentiation
  • Engaging Learners: Active Learning, ratio, building confidence, use of resources and encouraging critical thinking
  • Continuous Assessment: Checking for understanding and gathering data

Schools are provided with the weekly support of a Foundation and Intermediate Phase mentor. These two mentors work with 3 teachers in each of the Foundation (Grade 1-3) and Intermediate (Grade 4-6) Phases, at each of the schools on each visit. Each teacher is provided with a reflective journal to help support them in improving their teaching practice. Our mentors provide teachers with feedback on their classes in the journal, and in turn they are asked to reflect on and implement this feedback until they are next visited by their mentor. The mentor also discusses with the teachers any specific challenges they have experienced and sensitively recommends possible solutions for the teachers to implement.

This part of our project has been accredited by the South African Council of Educators (SACE), which means teachers will get Professional Development Points for taking part.
The below Teach Like a Champion workshops have also been accredited.


Teach Like a Champion Workshops
 

Edupeg 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, 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 try to answer questions without being ridiculed for making mistakes.

Connect with Edupeg:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Edupeg/
Website: http://www.edupeg.co.za/   
Twitter: @Edupeg
Blog: http://www.edupeg.co.za/blog