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14 Jul

BARRIERS TO LEARNING SCHOOL VISITS: What I have learnt

Added by : Vuyokazi Ntlonga
BARRIERS TO LEARNING SCHOOL VISITS: What I have learnt

This year at GMSAF we started Barriers to learning Program. We are conducting a workshop for teachers and parents. I am doing school visits to those schools that we are working with. The purpose of classroom visits is to observe the teachers doing their lessons with their learners in small group teaching.

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11 Jul

Using the Cloze Test in our Masikhulisane Reading Programme

Added by : Lesley Foster
Using the Cloze Test in our Masikhulisane Reading Programme

Part of any curriculum initiative developed by the GM South Africa Foundation includes an evaluation of the impact of the programme. The aim of the Masikhulisane Reading Programme is to increase learners’ oral reading fluency and comprehension.

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07 Jul

Teacher Development

Added by : Dr Frank Peters
Teacher Development

Good teaching is one of the most reliable predictors of whether learners will succeed. If you were to ask anyone who has passed through the school system about what constitutes good teaching, they will inevitably describe the teacher who made a lasting impression on them using words such as someone who knows her subject; is always well prepared; explains concepts well; takes time to explain; is organised; is neat; gives clear instructions; gets good results; is caring; is strict; doesn’t tolerate sloppy work; keeps you focussed; knows her children; tells you how you are doing; is always on time; and respects others, to name but a few.

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04 Jul

Helping Parents to Help their Children – Home Visits

Added by : Esmé Mack
Helping Parents to Help their Children – Home Visits

The Department of Basic Education recognizes the essential role that parents play in the education of their children. In the DBE’s Policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support document, the responsibilities of parents are listed as follows:

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30 Jun

The GMSAF Annual Review 2016

Added by : Marinda Oosthuizen
The GMSAF Annual Review 2016

Condensing a year’s work into a 40-page document will always be a challenge. But the size of that challenge increases significantly when an organisation generates as many stories of collaboration, progress, hope and celebration as the GM South Africa Foundation does.

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27 Jun

Building Blocks for Safer Schools

Added by : Carol Scheepers
Building Blocks for Safer Schools

We need to make creating a safer learning and teaching environment for our teachers and their learners a priority in education. Children cannot learn if they feel scared and insecure.

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23 Jun

Communities of Practice in Action

Added by : Dianne Mason
Communities of Practice in Action

“Community of practice” (CoP) is a recently coined term used to describe something that has been happening over the ages – that people learn well in a social context.

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20 Jun

Growing Resilient Teachers

Added by : Roxanne Wrethman
Growing Resilient Teachers

This term, the Teacher Learner Care (TLC) team has had a wonderful time engaging with teachers from across Nelson Mandela Bay. They represent a wide variety of contexts, each with their own list of psycho-social challenges, and limited resources to respond.

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15 Jun

Reading in the 21st Century

Added by : Brenda Hallowes
Reading in the 21st Century

Never before in the history of Education has there been so many options and resources available to teachers and learners. The advent of the Internet has changed education forever.

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02 Jun

A Tale of Two Foundations

Added by : Roger Matlock
A Tale of Two Foundations

What follows is very personal because I am currently going through a major déjà vu experience. This is the second time in my life when I’ve been in the unfortunate position of having to accept that a highly successful non-profit foundation run by me will be closing its doors for reasons which have nothing to do with its proven effectiveness.

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19 May

When the sun is up – children should play

Added by : Colleen Bartle
When the sun is up – children should play

The Barriers to Learning programme is being conceptualised this year and it consists of two components, namely, the teacher group and the parent group. We have had an overwhelming response to this programme and it is evident that there is a desperate need for teachers and parents to be equipped to assist children in bridging the gap between what they know and what they are expected to know.

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12 May

Teachers for Technology & Science: A Winning Recipe

Added by : Adele Bradfield
Teachers for Technology & Science: A Winning Recipe

Natural Science teachers in Port Elizabeth are on a mission to improve their skills: 55 teachers from 30 primary schools enrolled to participate in the Teachers for Technology and Science programme this year. This is a significant increase from the 14 schools that were regularly represented at the 2016 workshops.

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05 May

Parents are their child’s first teacher

Added by : Ntomboxolo Skenjana
Parents are their child’s first teacher

In our Barriers to Learning programme we are working with parents as well as teachers. Parents need to accept the responsibility that they are their child’s first teacher. When you remember that children spend about 7 000 hours at home and only some 1200 hours at school, you can understand which teacher should be the most accountable.

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28 Apr

Barriers to Learning: Large & Fine Motor Skills

Added by : Sabina Langson
Barriers to Learning: Large & Fine Motor Skills

One of the most common concerns among teachers today is how to deal with learners who have barriers to learning. Early detection of barriers to learning ensures that learners get the necessary interventions which can lead to successful learning.

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21 Apr

Masikhulisane Reading Programme – Foundation Phase

Added by : Glenda Ohlson
Masikhulisane Reading Programme – Foundation Phase

The most important skill that any teacher can impart to her learners is the ability to read. Reading is a prerequisite to progress successfully through the education system, it promotes confidence, boots self-esteem, and it provides access to new information and knowledge that will help in life-long learning.

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13 Apr

Barriers to Learning – Working with our Grade 3 Teachers

Added by : Nobesuthu Myoli
Barriers to Learning – Working with our Grade 3 Teachers

The GM South Africa Foundation is piloting a new Barriers to Learning programme in 2017. The purpose of this programme is to help school communities address barriers to learning amongst their children by equipping teachers to support learners in their classroom and parents to help their children at home.

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07 Apr

Governance and Community Leadership Programme - A Brief History of the Programme and its Impact

Added by : F.G. Peffer
Governance and Community Leadership Programme - A Brief History of the Programme and its Impact

At a Governance team meeting on 25 January 2013 it was reported that a request was received from an association of ministers (IDAMSA) for GMSAF to undertake training of the ministers as facilitators so that they could work with School Governing Bodies in their communities

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31 Mar

Security at Walmer Link Affordable Housing Development

Added by : Linda A van der Mey
Security at Walmer Link Affordable Housing Development

On 17 March 2017, this article titled; “Call for action over rampant crime” appeared in the Herald.

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24 Mar

Working in Communities

Added by : Alma Lawler
Working in Communities

We, as members of the Backpackers Programme team, believe that all children, given a safe context in which to explore their developmental and societal challenges, can learn the life skills needed to journey responsibly and safely towards reaching their full potential in life.

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17 Mar

Ethical Leadership

Added by : Carol Scheepers
Ethical Leadership

Our Leadership Matters Programme resolution for 2017 is to not only know what a personal ethical compass is but to intentionally use it to create an ethical and positive culture in our schools.

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