Teaching skills and children’s progress
Even though we aren’t working directly with the group of Grade 2 teachers we trained and mentored during 2014, we are continuing to monitor the progress of the children in their classes. During March and June of this year the teachers assessed each child on an individual basis and we collated the data. The graphs below show the progress of 105 children from one school:
It is clear from the graphs that all the children are developing a good knowledge of sounds and can apply this to the reading of simple words.
When comparing this year’s data with the data from 2014, it is evident that the children’s skills at reading words are much improved. A year ago the teachers were hesitant as what we were introducing was all very new. Now their confidence and ability to teach reading skills has developed so much and this has a direct correlation with how the children are performing. Recently in response to the low levels of literacy within South Africa, a report was released which quoted Nel, a Professor stating (2015);
“Teachers are a crucial factor in teaching learners to read…better prepared teachers who are competent to teach reading are essential to achieve the national goals for reading literacy.”
This is an obvious statements, children need skilled teachers in order to develop appropriately. As we focus on training, mentoring and motivating teachers I believe we are making a difference. With trained and skilled educators the quality of teaching and learning for children improves.
All the children will be re-assessed in November. We are looking forward to analysing the data to highlight and celebrate where progress has been made, and to identify areas where more work is necessary.
Reference: How to fix SA’s alarmingly low reading rates [online], Available from How to fix SAs alarmingly low reading rates [Accessed 22 July 2015]