Transferring skills

This year myself and a colleague are working alongside a group of reading volunteers. The reading volunteers work within the school context and support the teacher in helping the children to develop reading skills. We are providing both training and mentoring to assist the volunteers in the important role they play. During the first workshop we specifically focused on phonics; how to pronounce sounds in isiZulu and English and activities to facilitate with children to help them develop reading ...
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Reading is a skill

Reading is a skill that needs to be taught Teaching children the relationship between a letter and the sound it makes is just the beginning of a journey to learn how the sounds work together to form a word. It is only by blending the sounds together that the word is read. Decoding a word that a child does not recognise is also a skill that needs to be taught. This month, I facilitated a workshop with Grade 1 educators looking at ‘reading strategies’, also called ‘word attack skills’. We explor...
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Listening

We often think of listening as a passive activity, being eager to speak and share what we think. So can there be any power in listening? This week I had a really thought provoking session with a group of school leaders. They needed to make a decision. This decision would impact on the children in their care and the level of progress they make. They wanted help in making the decision. They wanted answers. I asked them to explain the situation. They went in to a lengthy explanation, including...
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On mission and ministry …

“What is the difference between a ministry and a mission?”; someone asked recently. The person was trying to work out how a ‘traditional’ missions organisation such as Wycliffe or SIM is different from an organisation that is more about addressing issues of poverty and justice and the like. Let’s say Tearfund for example. What would you say? The implication seems to be that you either do missions or you do ministry. The English understanding of the word ‘mission’ is that of a task or assignment ...
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