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The Educator Enrichment Programme

The Educator Enrichment Programme aims to:

  • Assist the subject-specific, subject-didactic and curriculum-specific knowledge of participating educators.
  • Upgrade the educators’ technical dexterity thus educators will be better equipped to create their own materials for learners.
  • Assist in the creation of professional learning communities amongst educators which will assist in the dissemination and generation of knowledge.

Impact

To date, the Educators Enrichment Programme has impacted 624 educators nationally.

Programme Details

Venue: The Wits Education Campus in Parktown

Frequency: Annually during the June/July school break

Duration: Educators participate in a week-long professional development programme

Participation

  • The invitation is extended to 3 educators (Life Science or Physical Science and/or Mathematics) from all Targeting Talent Programme feeder schools.
  • N.B. If you would like to be involved, but your school is not a Targeting Talent feeder school please contact Arthee Roopnarain (Arthee.Roopnarain@wits.ac.za) or Dr Zena Richards (Zena.Richards@wits.ac.za) for more information.
Structure

The Educators Enrichment Programme consists of 5 teaching days. Over the course of the 5 days the educators are exposed to subject-specific curriculum (Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics), interdisciplinary sessions and plenary sessions facilitated by guest lecturers. The educators also attend:

  • A welcome and farewell dinner
  • An excursion

What is provided? (for educators from TTP feeder schools)

  • Accommodation in residences
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from the pick-up point to the Education Campus
  • Stationery
  • Accreditation ( The Programme is SACE accredited (Mathematics and Life/Physical Science-15 PD points each). Attendance at lectures and plenary is compulsory)
What 2019 Educators Enrichment Programme participants said about their experience

“ I have learnt that as teachers we need to be exposed to different teaching styles, by attending (sic) regularly as we help one another.”

“I learned new approaches for teaching the millennial kid.”

“I learnt about (sic) Project-based learning – a (sic) teaching approach which is good to implement in class. *Integrating technology in teaching was (sic) - very good”

“The programme taught us the Methodology used (sic) to help (sic) learners enjoy and love the science.”

“The programme made me aware of ways and strategies I can use to improve my standard of teaching and encourage learners in the science class on how to gather and use different resources for learning”

“I have learnt how to write up a research project and improved my teamwork (sic) skills. I was also exposed to (sic) different methods on how to teach.”

“I learnt new ways of reaching learners as well as new ways of preparing lessons”

“I learnt different (sic) problem-solving techniques."

“I have learnt different teaching strategies that can improve learners’ performance. Also how to relate real world with content”

“I have learnt new exciting methods of teaching that has (sic) great potential to change the future, I also got the opportunity to interact with other teachers and share ideas."

“I have gained a lot in terms of dealing with a variety of learners in a classroom, in which case the learners are at different literacy levels."

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