The BC Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 2, September 2016

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Vol 4, Issue 2, September 2016

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Welcome to this second edition of 2016! We are excited to announce that the Basic Concepts Programme has been given SACE accreditation! This means that every person who completes the BC course will obtain credits towards their Continuing Professional Development.
The Basic Concepts online course has been launched! It is hoped that many more teachers will be able to access Basic Concepts through this innovation.

In addition to our current distance projects in Namaqualand and Kwena Basin, we have recently started a new project at a primary school in Stanford, Western Cape and we feature this project in the newsletter.

The Good Read has innovative yet simple ideas about how to make thinking visible - an integral part of the BCP, and language development in particular . Also read about how to use of the BC model to teach the concept of Time .

We have had the opportunity to consolidate our work in Metro Central Education District, WCED with two refresher sessions over the last 6 months.

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

Warm regards
Louis Benjamin.

Stanford Project @ Die Bron Primary School- September

A new project, funded by the Skills Exchange Cooperative, Zoe Carrs Education Trust, Stanford Creative Works and David Krut Publishing, is starting in Stanford this month.

The project aims to improve teaching and learning at the local primary school which caters for the previously disadvantaged community of this town.

For more information click here.

Using BCP to Teach the Concept of TIME

Time is a difficult concept for children to grasp and teaching it can be very challenging. See the link below for more ideas on how to mediate such a complex concept using the Concept Teaching Model.

It is far easier to develop more complex concepts when the simpler preliminary understandings have been established.


BC Refreshers For Metro Central

These two exciting afternoon sessions were well attended by over 140 educators. Teachers had the opportunity to view a demonstration session, discuss challenges, ideas and learn from others.
"Once you learn the language needed in terms of the type of questioning, you can use it in any teaching situation." (Teacher Feedback)

Click here for a link to Refresher 1

Click here for a link to Refresher 2

Basic Concepts Online course (Part 1) has been launched!!!

This exciting project, funded by the CKH Memorial Foundation, will be completed by early next year. Part 1 is a short introduction to BCP while Part 2 covers the programme in more depth. 

Part 1 has recently been launched and is open to the public. The feedback has been very positive and we hope that many people from all over the world will take advantage of the online course. 

Good Read

''''... Using the language of thinking is one element of something even more important: being a model of thoughtfulness for one's students. Teachers who do not expect instant answers, who display their own honest uncertainties, who take a moment to think about "What if" or "What if not" or "How else could this be done?" or "What's the other side of the case?" express respect for the process of thought and implicitly encourage students to notice problems and opportunities and think them through.”''

From: Making Thinking Visible by David Perkins


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