The BC Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 1, April 2016

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Vol 4, Issue 1, April 2016

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Welcome to our first edition of 2016! 

It has been an exciting and busy year with trips to the Northern Cape (to launch phase 2 of the Namaqua Project) and Mpumalanga (to visit the Kwena Basin Project). Read more about the Namaqua Project visit below.

We also look at the Test of Basic Concepts Knowledge and highlight a paper I recently had published in the SA Journal of Education.

The SupportNet meetings are taking a different format this year. The first one in March was well received and included ideas about how to teach the concept of time.

Upcoming events, including the Mediation 4 Classroom Teachers course and the public open trainings in July, are also profiled.

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

Warm regards
Louis Benjamin.

Namaqua Project - Phase 2 has begun!

Implementation of phase 2 of this highly successful project started recently. Thirty Grade R teachers from 19 sites, as well as district officials, will be trained and mentored to become BC mediators over the next two years. Provincial officials will also be participating in the project so that they can eventually become future BCP trainers in the province. 

We thank our funders, RNet and DG Murray Trust, as well as the Northern Cape Department of Education for their support.

For more information click here.

Paper about BCMLP published in SA Journal of Education

The paper, Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Metacognitive Programme for Disadvantaged Learners in the Foundation Phase, explains that the Basic Concepts Mediated Learning Programme made a positive impact on participating learners' understanding and knowledge of core basic conceptual systems and their scholastic functioning.



2016 SupportNet Meetings

The focus of these informal support meetings has changed. Each meeting will now delve into a specific and relevant concept and discuss ideas about how to teach it. The first meeting looked at the concept of Time and the next two will focus on Temperature and Gravity respectively.

Date: 4 June 2016 | 10 September 2016
Venue: CPUT Mowbray Campus
Time: 9 - 11am
Cost: R25 for mediator | R45 for others


Test of Basic Concepts Knowledge

This test is a means of determining school readiness. We also use it to measure if and how the BCP has made a difference. It can also be used to determine which children need intervention in the foundation phase. 

In the Kwena Basin Education Trust Project results show that across Grades 1, 2 and 3 the results in 2015 (children who received BCP intervention) were higher than the 2014 baseline results (children who had not received BCP intervention).


At the Etefeni Day Centre Trust the final round of testing was conducted in November 2015. The results found that 81% of learners were ready for Grade 1, compared to 52% in 2012. This is a 29% increase in the number of children ready for formal learning!



Good Read

''''... learning doesn’t happen through the mere delivery of information. “Learning only occurs when the learner does something with that information,” Ritchhart said. “So as teachers we need to think not only about how we will deliver that content, but also what we will have students do with that content.”''

From: When Kids have Structure for Thinking Better Learning Emerges by Katrina Schwartz



Basic Concepts Workbooks Pics Shared on What's App

We are seeing a dramatic increase in the use of social media to share BC work being done in classrooms. The pictures from these classes are being shared with other teachers in the same projects.

Teachers can quickly view and comment on these pictures and even use them to plan for their next BC Session.

Several of these photos have been uploaded on our twitter account:
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