| Jan 2, 2018
Reflecting Back on Year 2017
Some of Our Staff and Their Children
Dear friend and project partner,
2017 has been a year of growth and development for our teaching staff. Our aim with this project has been to ensure the students get quality teaching and learning from our teachers. You have ensured that this has happened throughout the year. As our project partners, you have ensured all the teachers have been motivated to come to school every month without having to worry about whether the paycheck will come in time, because faithfully and sacrificially you have ensured that happened. Thank you.
We invested time in coaching the teachers and mentoring them to ensure high quality teaching. In 2017, we focused on training the staff on Brain Based Teaching, Inquiry Based and other effective Instructional Strategies, Classroom Management Strategies, Competency Based Curriculum, and Growth Mindset.
The school had a teacher to pupil ration of 1:13. This is an average score. The class sizes ranged from 24 to 10. The school teacher population was at a constant 13 teaching staff. The support to these teachers yielded impact in the learning and achievement of students as could be seen in the Average Class and Subject Value-Added Scores and Attendance Score.
By the end of the year compared to October 2016, Average Value-Added Scores for 2017 for the entire school grew by 28%. The score shows how much a subject or class grew in achievement from the last assessment taken at the same time in the previous year. It assumes the efforts being put in by the teacher, parents, and students, and administration yielded the growth in achievement. The average school attendance score was at 84%, which can be roughly translated to mean that at any given time the school had 112 students attending class any given day, with the main reason for non-attendance being parents not taking responsibility to contribute their portion of tuition fees.
We found that the Value Add Score is a better motivator to teachers than the mean grade as it measures how much improvement students are making. This has helped teachers focus more on strategies to improve individual student achievement rather than improving class mean scores. It also achieved a key strategy that focuses on using data and assessments to improve teaching instruction and classroom interventions which will yield quality teaching.
At the end of the year, the teachers shared their best memories from 2017. Here are some of them.
“One of my best memories was when we went for a team building session accompanied by our students.” Grade 4 Class Teacher
“Guiding Learners in the dangers associated with pre-marital sex.” Counselling Teacher
“Improvement in Grade 4 Mathematics Achievement.” Grade 4 Math Teacher
“Participating with the students in the music festivals.” Grade 5 Teacher
“Seeing the learners develop interest and positive attitude toward mathematics.” Grade 8 Teacher
“Teaching students about road safety with toy cars and sound effects from a sound app. The boys enjoyed it. The girls loved it.” Grade 6 English Teacher
“Being given the opportunity to be Head of Academics. I was able to develop my skill in administration.” Head of Academics Teacher.
“My best memories were seeing children slowly by slowly take initiative in their learning and forge ahead without fear.” English Language Teacher
All this was made possible by your consistent investments in the teachers. We celebrate your successes in 2017. You both have made the year a success. One of lasting impact. Thank you.
On behalf of the teachers, the children and the Acres of Mercy Board, I wish you a great year 2018, one of success in all your endeavors and look forward to your continued support for much more impact in this year.
Teacher's Collaborating During Training
Students Hang Out With A Teaacher
Teacher's Work Together