The Online Maths activities provided by Green Shoots are available ANYTIME & ANYWHERE via any device that can connect to the internet - you do not need a smart phone.
Learners are realising they can continue do their MCO (Maths Curriculum Online) activities after hours too! It has been so encouraging hearing the feedback of how learners find a way to keep learning, from borrowing phones from family members or going to a local library. Parents/guardians are grateful that these curriculum mapped MCO exercises are available anytime at NO extra cost to the family. Thanks to your continuing donations - these quality MCO exercises are reaching homes and families in all communities - both rural and urban.
Since the start of the year - we have seen over 59,000 MCO sessions (a learner accessing their MCO exercises) being logged either in the evenings or during a weekend/holiday. That is a LOT of Maths happening after hours!! It is amazing the determination of learners to do their Maths.
THANK YOU so much for your donations that are helping to make this 'after hours learning' a reality for these children.
Throughout 2021 we have been running different Mental Maths LeaderBoard Challenges for all of our learners. Learners get 2 or 3 mins (depending on their age) to complete as many Mental Maths sums online as they can. There is a Leaderboard for each grade, that shows the learners with the most correct sums in the time allowed! The top 5 learners for each grade are awarded a certificate and are featured on our website. Learners from any community have a equal opportunity to enter and shine.
This LeaderBoard Challenge has been a huge hit, with learners from many schools entering and competing against each other. Schools have been proudly celebrating when their learners make it to a Top 5 place!!
Keegan, a Grade 6 learner from Idas Vallei Primary says, " I am very happy to achieve a Top 5 position for the Grade 6 learners in the Western Cape. I hope that this competition will be held again next year to give me the opportunity to climb the Leaderboard. Thank you all ".
Thanks to your generous support we have been able to run 7 different competitions in 2021.
We have had 7,776 entries by learners, all keen to show how they are achieving in their (Mental) Maths! Your support is enabling learners to excel in Maths and be celebrated for their accomplishments.
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
One of the key aspects of our work is the “warmware” or the support we provide to teachers & school management. Our personalised training pathway & ongoing support (mainly virtual during COVID) from our team aims to enable all role players to gain the maximum value from Maths Curriculum Online (MCO) in their classroom or school.
Here is what two teachers shared with the team last term…
“We’ve been using Green Shoots since Term 1 in 2021 and so far, the experience has been great! We enjoy the fact that we’re able to observe our learner progress at any time and get very accurate results and the other thing that we really appreciate is the fact that it correlates so smoothly with the curriculum. Thanks for the good work, keep it up and we appreciate you guys.”
“I check the progress of my learners – how many Brain Quests each learner has done already and the really enjoy there’s a great improvement with their Maths since our learners are struggling with number sense. Thank you so much. Let’s go forward; let’s do this! We’ll see the change. Thank you so much.”
Your donations are helping us to support teachers to ensure their learners can achieve in Maths!!
It is now two weeks until the end of Term 1. Again it has been a term where schools & learners have had to negotiate the challenges of learning under pandemic restrictions. Learners have been at school all term, but often schools need to rotate learner attendance during a week. This has made our online Maths even more valuable as it can be accessed by learners via a cell phone with just an internet browser.
For the rest of this report we are handing over to three learners for their feedback...
Thanks to your continuing donations, we are able to increase the number of learners who can be supported through this Project!
Although 2020 was not a year we could have expected, it was a year of significant growth!
We were able to:
provide our learners with weekly learning activities & goals during lockdown. These activities were both online and offline (for those who did not have tech/internet access). We used WhatsApp, FaceBook, calls and even the sharing of photos between parents/carers to reach as many learners as possible!
expand the resources we share with parents/carers, this included our new Learner Profile dashboard. Parents/carers were better able to provide informed support to their learners during our lengthy lockdown
work with the education department to provide amended lesson guides/activities for the COVID adjusted curriculum and support teachers as schools reopened
provide additional Mastering Maths activities so learners could evaluate and celebrate what they understood and teachers identify where learners still needed help
Thank you so much for your continuing donations, that have allowed us to expand and grow during this challenging year. Thanks to your help we are starting 2021 supporting more learners and schools!
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