Green Shoots Education Services

Vision: -For all children in South Africa to be able to experience quality education. Mission: Green Shoots Education Services (GSES) endeavours to uplift and empower by collaborating with local systems to: - Provide innovation in educational pedagogy and teaching practice - Provide personalised professional development programmes for teachers & school management - Utilise appropriate technology to maximise and accelerate learning - Provide reliable and efficient technical support services - Produce individualized curriculum programmes -Design and implement educational monitoring systems - Construct and promote programs that involve the broader school community GSES employs ...
Jan 29, 2014

2014 - A year of potential.

Starting a new online Maths lesson
Starting a new online Maths lesson

It been a very positive start to 2014 for Green Shoots Maths Support Project at Bongolethu Primary in Brown’s Farm, Cape Town. Since the start of the school year on 15th Jan, 360 grade 4, 5 & 6 learners (ages 10- 12) have been registered to use the online Maths programme.

Mr B Dlwathi, the grade 6 Maths teacher, received training in Oct 2013 and so he started bringing his new grade 6 learners into the computer centre for their IT-based Maths lessons from the first week of term. The immediate feedback that the online programme provides to each learner is already helping learners to identify where they need assistance.      The computer tells them that they don’t know something … and then they want to do something about it" said Mr Dlwathi, “It helps me measure what the learners know”. Most of the Grade 6 learners have already completed their baseline assessment and the individual results will be used to track every learner’s progress through this year. One the school's goals for 2014 is a raise in the grade 6 Maths results.

Both the grade 5 teacher, Mrs N Booi, and the grade 4 teacher, Mrs N Gcayiya, are now receiving training on how to plan, use and evaluate an online Maths lesson. They are bringing their classes into the computer centre for the first time this week. Their training will be followed by periodic in-class support throughout this term. The grade 4 & 5 learners are eager to start their online Maths lessons.

Mr Mlindazwe, the Principal, is very grateful for the support that his school is receiving. He is ensuring that the school works hard to gain the maximum impact for both teachers and learners.

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Working together
Working together
"what is the answer?"
"what is the answer?"
Mr Bongani Dlwathi, Grade 6 teacher
Mr Bongani Dlwathi, Grade 6 teacher
Mrs Gcayiya, Grade 4 teacher
Mrs Gcayiya, Grade 4 teacher
Mrs Booi, Grade 5 teacher
Mrs Booi, Grade 5 teacher
Nov 6, 2013

Feedback on Term 4, 2014

The online lesson helps consolidate classwork
The online lesson helps consolidate classwork

Term 4 for South African schools started in October. This coincided with the completion of the Global Giving challenge that has allowed Green Shoots to support a Primary school in Brown's Farm, Philippi Township, Cape Town.

For Term 4, the Green Shoots facilitator focussed on working with the approximately 100 grade 6 (ages 12-13) learners and their teacher. The goal for this term was to ensure that both pupils and teacher were totally comfortable with this new style of teaching and learning. During the term, each grade 6 class was encouraged to complete at least one online exercise per week. The facilitator supported the teacher during some of these lessons, demonstrating how to manage the pupils through the online exercises, how to link these exercises with the classroom work and most importantly how to use the real-time per pupil feedback to inform planning/pupil support. The facilitator's role was to guide both teacher and pupils so that the focus is the Maths and not the technology!

The feedback from the pupils has been very positive. Pupils are excited and find this way of learning Maths more stimulating and engaging. They have adapted very quickly, coming in logging on and getting started straight away.

Part of the support to the school includes feedback to the school’s management to assist them in managing this new learning strategy. Both the Principal and grade 6 teacher are eager and fully committed to ensuring that learners gain the maximum benefit from their online lessons. From term 1, 2014, this Math Curriculum Online will be expanded to include grade 4 and 5 learners. The staggered approach will allow the grade 6 teacher to act as a lead teacher for his grade 4 & 5 colleagues.

Grade 6 pupil completing her weekly online lesson
Grade 6 pupil completing her weekly online lesson
A picture of concentration
A picture of concentration
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