The BC Newsletter, Vol 3, Issue 2, September 2015

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Vol 3, Issue 2, September 2015

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Welcome to the second edition of The BC Newsletter in 2015! 

The main focus for 2015 has been the support of teachers who have already been trained in the Basic Concepts Programme. The recent highly successful symposium for the Metro Central teachers was definitely one of the highlights of the year. 

We are currently preparing for the next phase of the Namaqualand Basic Concepts Project (2016-2017). We hope this will lead to an eventual roll-out of the BCP in all Grade R classes in the Northern Cape.

Once again the edition includes a Good Read and we also have a contribution from Carla Carvalho of Brazil about how Thinking Maps can enhance working memory, helping reading comprehension amongst other things.

56 mediators have already registered on the Mediator Zone and a vast range of mediator content and resources have been loaded . We hope you too will register on the Mediator Zone and add to or make use of its expanding resource bank.  Remember to follow us on Twitter.

Warm regards
Louis Benjamin.

2015: Year of Support

What stood out for me - was not teaching the content, but how to teach the concept and so much vocabulary is elicited … - See more at:
What stood out for me - was not teaching the content, but how to teach the concept and so much vocabulary is elicited … - See more at:

A main focus for this year has been supporting and mentoring teachers who have been trained as mediators of the BCP.

This focus is to encourage teachers and ensure that they continue to enhance their practice. The following support forum meetings were held this year:

2015: Welcome New BC Mediators

We have been very busy this year training new mediators.The following trainings have taken place this year: There are two more trainings scheduled for this year - See Upcoming Events below. By the end of the year we would have trained about 120 new mediators.

Upcoming Events


'Mediation For Classroom Teachers'

Date: 7 November 2015
Time: 9h00 - 16h00
Place: Cape Town

For more information and to register click here.

Limited places, book now!

BC Symposium:         5 Sep 2015

“A very informative, valuable and refreshing session. A must for all teachers.”
 (Teacher Feedback)

Metro Central  Education District, Western Cape Education Department offered BC Mediators an opportunity to attend a day long refresher and update.  This included observation of teacher demonstrations with learners in three different conceptual domains.

The symposium was an overwhelming success with very positive feedback on the day from  teachers. The 65 teachers who attended left inspired and motivated to continue with the approach in their classes.

Click on the link below for more about this event:

Metro Central Symposium

Good Read

Children benefit from explicit instruction. That is, children who are given child-friendly definitions of words or other attributes of the words to be learned are more likely to remember them. Prior to the beginning of a story, for example, a teacher might begin by introducing several words that are integral to the story. The teacher might encourage children to listen for each of the “magic words” during the story reading and to raise their hands whenever they hear one. Then the teacher might say to students, “Oh, good. Some of you raised your hands! What word did you hear? Yes, the word peculiar. When Anansi said the word seven, a peculiar thing happened. Peculiar means strange or different.”

From: The Magic of Words: Teaching Vocabulary in the Early Childhood Classroom. By Susan Neuman & Tanya Wright



Recent Research from Brazil: Thinking Maps and Working Memory

Carla Carvalho of the Federal University of Baia, Salvador, briefly discusses her study of the use of Thinking Maps to activate working memory and thus improve reading comprehension and overall academic performance.

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