SAHETI primary school teachers’ conference

Language and mathematics in the spotlight.

Over 200 educators from schools around the country attended a national teacher’s conference hosted by SAHETI School in Johannesburg, entitled ‘Connections with Meaning: Educational Engagement in Language and Mathematics’ on Wednesday 7 March 2012. Endorsed by leading educationists who provided their professional input, the programme focused on the critical importance of these two subject areas, with the goal of enhancing and adapting teaching skills for 21st century learning.

Keynote speaker Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the Independent Examination Board (IEB), stressed the need to promote a culture of reading (and the associated act of writing), and Dr Jane Hofmeyr, executive director of ISASA, echoed the view that literacy and numeracy skills build the foundations for life-long learning.

In a dynamic presentation, John Luis, senior deputy head at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and national IEB examiner for mathematics, compared traditional teaching methods with 21st century strategies, and proposed project-based learning as the key to successful education for today’s world.

In ‘The Big Question’, Professor Karin Murris demonstrated how to create space for children to ask questions that turn language acquisition into a thinking, problem-solving activity. SAHETI’s school chaplain, Father Petros Parginos, made a strong case for ‘moral IQ’ in the formation of character — achieved through a sustained process of teaching, learning and practice, within the boundaries of the curriculum. SAHETI’s Daniela Pitt, academic director and English subject head, analysed how building strong literacy foundations in primary school can enhance maths and science scores; and Jaco Kruger SAHETI’s director of student affairs, explored the challenges faced by pupils and teachers with regard to the teaching and learning of first additional languages (FALs).

Category: Winter 2012

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