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Help more South African children achieve in Maths

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Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths
Help more South African children achieve in Maths

In our previous report we handed it over to the learners to give us their feedback on what they like the most about online Maths. For this report we asked Ms Malako, a grade 6 teacher at Mzamomhle Primary to give us some feedback on how doing their Maths online and access to real-time feedback has helped her and her learners in the Maths classroom.

“I think it (Maths Curriculum Online) is a fantastic programme because it creates a safer learning environment for our learners and develops a sense of responsibility towards our learners in the sense that, it helps to develop good character traits. Learners show more interest when they work on computers even the ones whom we regard as “below average” and they think, grow and learn independently. Most of our learners has developed positive self-image because they can do calculations, set their own targets, operate on their own. Learners enjoy working on MCO.”

Ms Malako also gave feedback on how access to real-time feedback is helping her and her learners.

“Maths Curriculum Online is good for immediate feedback. It helps the teachers to identify and work on individual problems not generalising the problem. All in all, it is easy to track both the learners progress and teacher performance. It tells the teacher where he/she must put his focus on without being told by the Head of Department. Feedback inspire and encourages both learners and educators.”

Thank you for your donations, they are really helping support our teachers and helping our learners improve in Maths which inturn is setting them up for the bright futures they deserve.

Learner comments
Learner comments

For this report we thought we would hand over to the learners to give their feedback! Learners were asked "What about online Maths or Brain Quests do you like the most? "

Here are some of their answers below. Their answers have not been edited for spelling, content or punctuation, but are exactly as we received them.

“it helps me with math sums and gives me a better understanding of the work, i tell family about it and i enjoy it. thank you green shoots for making maths easy to understand and with you i will get a great mark in my green shoots assessment and class exams. i like it really much because maths was not my favouirite subject but now it is.”

“i like everything about this online Maths it makes everything easier to understand and you get to do it twice to improve your score, meaning you get a second chance in everything you do in this maths program it is awesome. i also like it because it gives corrections after checking your score so that next time we do it again or in the exam then we can get the answers correctly.”

“the thing I like about maths online is the hard work they make us do because it is pushing us to reach our limit and is helping us to do our best !!!!. some of us feel happy about ourself after doing our math because we can see that we improved a lot.SO THANK YOU ALOT MATH ONLINE FOR HELPING ME IMPROVE MY MATHS!!!!!!!!!!!”

“when i do the brain quest i try to get a high score and record it on my book so i can show my dad how i improve on maths. I am so proud of myself because i am doing much much great in maths and maths is now my second best but thanks to green shoots for my very big sucesses.”

 “it is fun but sometimes challenging amazing i always learn new things from you guys my maths marks are improving a lot since i started on green shoots thanks a lot”

 “i like maths because it helps me because when i grow up i could get a job have a house ,cars and money so i can buy things for my family and fix my granny house”

THANK YOU very much for your donations that makes each one of these "very big successes" possible.

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Finding answers at Zwelihle Primary
Finding answers at Zwelihle Primary

As an organisation, we are always designing and implementing innovative solutions that can positively impact the lives of the learners, teachers and schools that we support. Our goal is always to add value to 'our' schools, which in this Project means helping more learners to achieve in Maths!

We want to help teachers to find the answers about what their learners struggle with in Maths. So this year we have launched an online visualisation of the learners' assessment results. You may wonder what do we mean by 'online visualisation'? Teachers in each of the three schools supported by this Project are now using a real-time dashboard that shows different, dynamic analyses of their learners' results. 

How has this innovation helped teachers at Jamaica Way, Mzamomhle & Zwelihle with their Maths teaching?

"It tells you what your learners' weak areas are and what you perhaps need to revisit or focus more on. It also shows me exactly which questions they are finding difficult." A grade 5 Maths teacher commented.

A grade 6 Maths teacher agreed, "It gives a clear indication of which particular content areas the learners find challenging or which concepts needs consolidation "

Through your generous donations, we have been able to train & support teachers at the three schools to use this new online tool to help them answer questions about what their learners struggle with. It is now quicker and easier for teachers to provide their learners with the specific help they need to progress in Maths. 

"This data enables me to immediately commence with the intervention strategy!"

Together we are finding the answers that will help learners to achieve MORE in Maths - thank you!

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First time using MCO
First time using MCO

We have had an energetic and excellent start to 2018 at the two schools, Mzamomhle and Jamaica Way Primary, that we are supporting through your generous donations.

We are delighted to be able to report that both schools achieved much improved Grade 6 Maths results in their 2017 external exams!! Well done to the learners, teachers and school managements for their well deserved increase in exam results.

This Project has allowed the Green Shoots Team to provide ongoing support to these two schools. We can see that both schools are now confidently and independently running with Maths Curriculum Online (MCO) in 2018.

So we have decided to stretch the impact of the donations that you are giving to this project by supporting an additional school in 2018, Zwelihle Primary! 

(Don't worry we will still continue to provide Maths Curriculum Online and any support needed to Mzamomhle & Jamaica Way Primary schools).

Zwelihle Primary is a school with over 1,300 learners that is situated outside of the coastal town of Hermanus. This week we visited the school to start training the grade 6 teachers and introduce MCO to the grade 6 learners. The learners could not wait to be able to log in and have a go at their very first online Maths lesson using the tablets provided at the school. Throughout this year we will give you updates as to how this new school is progressing...

Thank you that your continued donations have allowed us to support EVEN MORE learners to achieve in Maths!!

Exploring the online Maths
Exploring the online Maths
Training in the grade 6 class
Training in the grade 6 class

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Learners of Mzamomhle Primary
Learners of Mzamomhle Primary

 

With the end of 2017 approaching, the often daunting year-end assessments are about to commence. This year though, there does seem to be a positive shift in the attitude of many of the learners at the Green Shoots supported schools.

 

Normally, an assessment written on a whole year’s work could be overwhelming for leaners! The 1 394 Green Shoots learners at Mzamomhle and Jamaica Way Primary schools, the two supported by the Global Giving: Help more South African Children Achieve in Maths project, have collectively answered over a million Brain Quest Questions (weekly exercises) collectively online over the course of this year. The learners received immediate feedback on every one of these questions!! All this hard work throughout the year, supported by their teachers, means there is definitely more excitement than dread for next week’s assessment.

 

 “The biggest impact thus far has been the learners' interest in Maths. The overwhelming majority of learners- regardless of Mathematical ability- look forward to Maths lessons in and out of the Lab. The majority of learners take their results seriously and will ask questions about parts of the activities that they found difficult.” – Grade 4 Teacher, Mzamomhle Primary

 

 “Since I started doing Brain Quests I got better at doing maths and solving problems and I got at least a 6 (70 – 79%) on my report I was so proud of myself that my mother and I threw a party” - Ayanda, Grade 4 learner, Mzazmomhle Primary

 

“I like explaining to my friends and working out the answers. Sometimes if I miss my Green Shoots lesson I become so sad because I love it and I love Maths.” - Samuel, Grade 6 learner, Jamaica Way Primary

 

Thank you for your ongoing support for this project. Your donations truly make a difference to each and every one of these learners.

 

The Green Shoots Team

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Green Shoots Education Services

Location: Strand, Western Cape - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Jo Besford
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Strand, Western Cape South Africa
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