The recently concluded terms 3 and 4 training in Bojanala continued to show an increase in the number of teachers who have embraced the programme. Over 4 000 teachers were reached in the first two weeks, even though there were competing provincial and district activities. This augurs well for the district’s grand mission and efforts to improve learner performance.
Prior to this training, Subject Advisors and coaches attended a ‘train-the-trainer’ workshop, which was followed up by ‘dry run’ training sessions organised and conducted by our change agents. This preparation ensured that all went smoothly in the training of our teachers.
Schools did their part by making available and preparing classrooms and halls as training venues. It was pleasing to have all teachers and facilitators arriving on time.
There were some FET teachers who were however unable to attend because of year end assessment responsibilities and in these cases it was decided that coaches should conduct school-based training during their normal visits. .
The level of interaction between the trainers and the teachers was excellent. Importantly, all training materials were available and ready for use.
A pleasing development was to see Subject Advisors gaining in confidence and being increasingly willing to co-facilitate the training. This is a major step in the direction of building sustainability into the programme.
With the training now done the challenge is for our teachers to now implement their new learnings in the classroom. This is where the coaches play a critical role by providing teachers with on-site mentoring, support and guidance. They conduct demonstration lessons and orientation on the practical use of the curriculum trackers.
So, with a conducive environment now set and teachers prepared – we all wish them the best for 2018 year-end examinations!