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Early Number Fun teacher development programme

This programme is designed as a community of Grade R teachers from 10-12 local schools who meet on a monthly basis to engage with issues around developing number concepts in pre-school learners. The focus on the development of a well functioning and supportive teacher community is based on the assumption that teacher learning is greatly enhanced through active participation in ‘communities of practice’ and is informed by Wenger’s sociocultural theory of learning in communities of practice (Wenger, 1998). This aligns well with current SA teacher education policy that foregrounds the importance of localised teacher communities for enabling professional development (DBE, 2015).

The programme will be co-ordinated by the SANCP team, namely Prof Mellony Graven, Dr Debbie Stott and Ms Carolyn Stevenson-Milln and will emphasise relationships with teachers as partners in the endeavour to find ways to strengthen Grade R learning. The SANCP team will contribute research informed resources, ideas and access to professional networks while teachers will contribute critical contextual knowledge and experience of working with learners in local and diverse school contexts. Furthermore the programme will draw on expertise from a range of Grade R practitioners with experience in teaching, lecturing and/or researching early pre-school learning to lead and participate in sessions.

At the heart of the programme is a research informed ‘early number fun resource kit’. This kit will be provided to all fully participating teachers for use in their classrooms. This kit will contain a wide range of resources such as dominoes, dice, flash cards, bead strings, number-story books, posters and so forth. Multiple sets of the resources will be provided for individual and/or paired learner use in classrooms.

More information about the research that informs each of these can be found in our ENF Programme - Discussion document.  

This programme drew to a close on 1st August 2017. 

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Resources

The session resources can be accessed in to ways:

  1. Using the schedule below, click on the resources link to access the resources provided in that session
  2. If you want to see all the resources by type (i.e. Cognitive control, story books, growth mindset etc), click here

2017

Date

Topics

Venue

Presenters

Session 7
14th February 2017

  • Subitising with dot patterns 
  • Cognitive control activities: finger discrimination
  • Calming and concentration activities: Freeze and Hopscoth
  • Click here for resources

Room 36, St Peter's Campus
Rhodes University
1pm-4pm

Debbie Stott
Tania 

Session 8
14th March 2017

  • 5 and 10-frame activities
  • Cognitive control activities: Spot the Difference activities (dot patterns)
  • Story / narrative approach to developing number sense (Frogs and lily pads)
  • Click here for resources

Room 36, St Peter's Campus
Rhodes University
1pm-4pm

Debbie Stott
Roxanne Long

Session 9
16th May 2017

  • Further 5 and 10-frame activities
  • Cognitive control activities: Spot the Difference activities (pictures)
  • Story / narrative approach to developing number sense (Fire and sticks)
  • Click here for resources

Room 36, St Peter's Campus
Rhodes University
1:30pm-4:30pm

Mellony Graven
Debbie Stott
Roxanne Long

Session 10
13th June 2017

 Six Bricks session with Grades 1 & 2. Resources

BLT, Education Department
Rhodes University
1:30pm-4:30pm

Debbie Stott
Mellony Graven

Session 11
1st August 2017

  • Combining cognitive control and mathematical activities
  • End of programme evaluation
  • Click here for resources

 BLT, Education Department
Rhodes University
1:30pm-4:30pm

Debbie Stott
Roxanne Long

 

2016

Date Topics Venue Presenters
Session 1
19th April 2016
  • Programme overview
  • Resource kit
  • Cognitive control activities
  • Growth mindset and ways to praise
  • Assessment for progression
  • Wolfie time game
  • Click here for resources

Post Graduate Village
Rhodes University
1pm-4pm

Mellony Graven
Debbie Stott

 

Session 2
17th May 2016
  • Cognitive control activities with Space and Shape
  • Story / narrative approach to developing number sense (Monkeys in the tree)
  • Click here for resources
Post Graduate Village
Rhodes University
1:30pm-4:30pm

Mellony Graven
Roxanne Long 

Session 3
20th June 2016
  • Story / narrative approach to developing number sense
  • Big ideas in maths activities (Robyn Jorgensen)
  • Click here for resources
Post Graduate Village
Rhodes University
1:30pm-4:30pm

Mellony Graven
Robyn Jorgensen

Session 4
19th July 2016
 
  • Story / narrative approach to developing number sense (Umbrellas and Children)
  • Playing card games to support cognitive control
  • Click here for resources
Post Graduate Village
Rhodes University
1:30pm-4:30pm

Mellony Graven
Debbie Stott

Session 5:
5th September 2016
 
  • Thinking about numbers relationally
  • Click here for resources
Makana Resort
Grahamstown
1:30pm-4:30pm

Hamsa Venkat
Mike Askew 

Session 6:
25th October 2016
  • Bead strings and structured number lines (linear representations of number)
  • Bead strings and ordinal numbers
  • Cognitive control activities: finger discrimination
  • Click here for resources
Makana Resort, Grahamstown
1:30pm-4:30pm

 

Mellony Graven
Debbie Stott
Roxanne Long

 

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