The BC Newsletter, Vol 5, Issue 1, April 2017

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Vol 5, Issue 1, April 2017

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Welcome to the first edition of 2017!
We have had a busy and exhilarating start to the year. There have been visits to three of our distance projects in Namaqualand, Stanford, and Kwena Basin in Mpumalanga. Read more about these visits below.

We are also very excited to announce the launch of the BCP Online Course. Part 2 of the course has recently been completed. Find out more about the online course below. Part 1 is free. Sign up now!

We have had the opportunity to revise the Test of Basic Concepts Knowledge and in the process we have retrained 70 Learning Support Teachers in Metro Education District Central to use this tool. We will be doing the same with Learning Support Teachers in Metro South Education District in April.

There are a number of events that are coming up soon and we are very pleased to present our  reformatted Open Public Training in Cape Town in July-August. Teachers are invited to join this 6 week course and to sign up for the whole training or for any of the individual sessions if you need a refresher or have skipped a conceptual domain.

In this edition we share some unique insights of a teacher who has been using the BCP for almost 3 years.

Don't forget about the exciting Mediator Zone, and remember to follow us on Twitter.

Warm regards,
Louis Benjamin.

Visits to Three Distance Projects in the First Term

Namaqualand Project - Phase 2

This was a most encouraging first visit to the project this year. Teachers had made a good and efficient start to the programme. Of the teachers visited, all had started to implement the programme, while the classes had begun to resemble concept teaching environments. Read more.

Kwena Basin Project - Mpumalanga

The project teachers had been able to initiate the programme from the start of the year and continue with it independently. I was most impressed by the interest and motivation shown by most of the teachers in the programme. Read more.

Stanford Project - Die Bron Primary

This was the third visit to the project. The first visit involved two days of training, while the second visit was a follow-up and support visit. The teachers very enthusiastically learned how to mediate the 3rd conceptual domain of the programme during this visit. Read more.

Revision to the Test of Basic Concepts Knowledge (TBCK-R)

The TBCK-R has recently been revised. This is the first revision of the test since 2007.

The main change to the test has been the inclusion of a fine motor score within the existing 6 sub-tests. An average fine motor score is thereafter calculated for all the sub-tests.

While we have not yet been able to fully analyse the fine motor scores, there seems to be a correlation between fine motor scores and the scores on the TBCK-R in 60% of the schools.

Click here to find out more and to access the revised version of the test.

Measuring Improvements

The Basic Concepts Programme has made a significant contribution towards the learning preparedness of Grade 1 learners in Metro Central Education District over the last 9 years.

We tested a  representative sample of learners in 2008 at the start of our work in the Metro and we have again recently tested another representative sample of Grade 1 learners in the Metro. Click here to find out more about the results.

The Basic Concepts Online Course Has Been Launched!

We are very pleased to offer the online version of the Basic Concepts Programme. Part 1 was launched in September 2016 and Part 2 was launched in March 2017. The course is open to everyone- provided you have access to an internet connection.

The course consists of 21 learning modules and 100 learning activities. The cost of the course has been kept to a bare minimum (R350.00).

We are deeply grateful to the CKH Memorial Foundation for funding this project. 

Click here for a link to Part 1 of the course
Click here for a link to Part 2 of the course

Teacher Reflections By Josephine Takawira

There is a saying that says learning does not end, and I have proven it right. It's never too late to learn new ideas and even a new career! I'm not a teacher by profession. I did Business Studies and I never dreamed of becoming a teacher and especially not in the Foundation Phase. 

It has been a privilege and great honour for me to be part of Kwena Basin Basic Concepts Programme and particularly because this was the year that I started teaching. I'm glad to say the project was my training ground and an eye opener.

Everything was new to me and I gained so much knowledge. It is very important to know how to introduce a concept to learners.


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