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During the third term, we held our third and final workshop of our Teach Like a Champion series. The main aim of this workshop was to help the teachers distinguish between ‘I taught it’ and ‘they learned it’. This workshop follows on from the previous workshop where the teachers were introduced to double planning. By the end of this workshop, the teachers were able to understand and practice how to develop a Culture of Error in their classroom. They also practiced three techniques to Check for Understanding: “Cold-Calling”, “No Opt-Out” and “Circulate”. Over the course of this year, we have spent time filming our own TLAC technique videos, in our own schools, to demonstrate the use of the techniques in a familiar South African environment for all teachers. The feedback on these videos has been very positive with many of the teachers and mentors commenting that the videos we made are having a great impact on the schools as teachers can connect with the videos and the teachers in them and they make the workshops come alive.  
(Left) Our Teacher Packs with notes on the TLAC techniques. These are hand-outs given at the end of the workshops, which the teachers keep and refer to when implementing the techniques in their classrooms. (Top right) Workshop at Bonga Primary in Gugulethu with Edupeg mentor, Sylvie Moodley sharing a Joy Factor moment with some of her teachers. (Bottom right) Edupeg mentor, Mrs G, welcoming teachers to the Dalmeny workshop where teachers from Bonisanani joined them.
At Edupeg, we have the privilege of forging strong relationships with compassionate, hard-working, dedicated principals who head up schools in challenging environments. These are two-way partnerships based on a shared goal of improving teacher and learner performance and where the leadership is strong the rewards are high for both parties, which is evident when we received feedback from two such principals, Mr Ngubane from Bonisanani Primary in KwaZulu-Natal and Mrs Sume from Charles Duna Primary in the Eastern Cape.

Read here for more on how Edupeg "came as a lifesaver" and how "The difference in quality of teaching is especially evident with the grade ones as the majority can read books and write double and multiple consonants by March and April, a first for our school. Normally, we would only be able to achieve this by September!"

SACTWU hosted its 13th Annual congress at the CTICC from 21 – 23 October 2016. SACTWU has contributed towards Edupeg's core costs as part of their social responsibility programme since 1998. As a partner organisation, the Edupeg Team was invited to be a part of this important event where we sponsored more than 800 delegates with sets of our Edupeg mathematical resources in English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, Sesotho and Sepedi. We ended the conference with a competition for the delegates to thank them for their support and handed out some amazing stationary prizes, kindly sponsored by our partner, Molin Stationers. Thank you Molin!

The event ended off with a remarkable Gala Dinner where we were entertained with a runway show, which displayed the hard work and skills of many of the factory workers. Read our blog by Dorinda Saunders for more on the SACTWU Congress.

The fourth term has begun and we wish all our teachers and mentors a productive and successful final term.
Grade 3 learners, learning how to do subtraction with a remainder in Ms Zantsi's class. Charles Duna Primary.
Grade 4 learners busy with group and independent work while Ms Shezi circulates and does Affirmative Checking. Bonisanani Primary.
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