This year was the third AND LAST time I participated in the National teaching awards event held annually in South Africa.
Some of my friends may assume it is because of the humiliation I suffered at the provincial gala event… But it’s not.
I feel that I’m not a good teacher.
Yes I am very involved in the classroom administration , with management and in school development, yet I am falling short in the one area that matters.
I am failing my students. No matter how hard I try, I cannot keep up good results in standardised tests.
- I have provided my learners with workbooks that is a summary of all the work the syllabus guidelines provide, yet they do not understand the core concepts of Life Science .
- I provide them with revision plans dividing work into small portions to study three times a week. Yet they fail at the basic terminology tests.
- I work through old exam papers with them, showing them where the pitfalls are, yet they cannot remember basic instructions like “start each question on a new page” – even after five years in highschool!
- I guide my learners through the science Expo using the Scientific method – yet they still don’t understand the difference between an aim and a Hypothesis.
Is there anyone out there that can give me some guidelines on how to fix this? Help will be appreciated!