The BC Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 2, April 2013

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Issue 2, April 2013

be informed, updated, and inspired

Welcome to the second edition of The BC Newsletter! 


We have had a very busy first term:

* Teachers from two WCED Metros were trained
* Classroom mentoring visits to mediators have begun 
* A refresher training session was held for mentors of the programme
* A keynote address was delivered to hundreds of Grade R practitioners at the 'Grade R Seminar' at the CLTI

In this edition read about the experiences of teachers who were recently trained. One teacher shares her experience of a classroom mentoring visit. An article by Prof Daniel T Willingham (American Educator, 2006) highlights the importance of knowledge development (concept learning) for learning and thinking.  You can also catch updates about forthcoming events and training.

We encourage you to let others know about this newsletter. Simply forward the newsletter to them.  Please get your colleagues and other Basic Concepts Mediators to register for the BC Newsletter.

We also encourage practitioners to share their stories and experiences in each edition of the BC Newsletter. (Click here if you would like to share your experience)


Enjoy the read.

Feedback from recent training (first term)
What teachers think


'...The importance of the mediational approach was emphasized and the relationship between teacher and learner. The whole child is developed (including emotional development) and not just the cognitive...'

'Thanks for a programme that has given me insight into my teaching.'

'Before the workshop I thought I knew how to teach or introduce my lessons, but now I know that I was not doing justice to my learners. I took them for granted ... as if they would very easily understand my instructions.'

'It helps learners to think and forms the foundation for reading, writing and mathematics.'

'Now I can help the learners from our poorer areas to verbalize for themselves…They are becoming more confident and starting to love their educational journey.
More Teacher Feedback:
Metro South, Jan 2013
Metro Central, Feb 2013

How Knowledge Helps

It Speeds and Strengthens Reading Comprehension, Learning—and Thinking

Prof Daniel T. Willingham, in American Educator, 2006

...Acquiring knowledge does for the brain what excercise does for the body. The more you learn, the better your brain functions. Knowledge is not only cumulative, it grows exponentially: So the more you know, the more easily you learn new things. Knowledge improves your ability to remember new things, and it actually improves the quality and speed of your thinking...

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BCP Training News, 2013

The BCP is an accredited Short Course at UCT

Earlybird registration for the events below by 10th May!

Open Public Training, CPT (24-26 June)

Open Public Training, JHB (1-3 July)

Open Public Training, DBN (5-7 July)

A new mediator speaks about her experience

In my Autumn years as a teacher, I have been challenged to try something new yet again!

The challenge has come from Dr Louis Benjamin.  A colleague and I attended the Basic Concepts Programme training four weeks ago.  The BCP aims to equip teachers to become mediators of basic concepts.

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Mentoring visits to Metro South and Central begin

Recently trained teachers learn to mediate

Teachers are coached by officials from the Metros as they begin to apply the Concept Teaching Model in their classes.

Read more about the class visits:

School Visit to Zanemfundo Primary

School Visit to Samora Machel Primary

School Visit to Ysterplaat Primary

BCP Expo

24 August, UCT, Cape Town


A variety of sessions will inspire, inform and keep delegates abreast of recent developments from the field and new research.

The BCP Expo Day aims to showcase work of mediators from across the country and further afield.

The programme for the day will soon be available, including a guest speaker and activities that bring mediation to life.

Do not miss this opportunity to be part of this interactive experience. 

  • network with colleagues
  • share practical ideas
  • learn new mediational strategies
  • have a  fun-filled learning experience

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