Although school has already started for grade 7, we are still preparing different rooms , revised curriculum and classroom administration for the other grades.To me it feels like the beginning of a whole new school year.
But I reason that the anxieties of parents and learners must also be adhered to.Some parents are insecure to send their children back to school.On the other hand , most learners can’t wait to return to school although they are not sure what to expect.
During level 4 and 5 of the lockdown period I was in contact with my learners using WhatsApp. So I decided to use the same platform to inform them and the parents of any news on their return to school. Data is a big issue in our rural areas ,because of the social economic standard of most parents and remoteness.
I created a video to inform parents and learners what are expected when learners enter the schoolpremises.
Many schools put up all these signs of Covid 19 , as they are obliged to do so.We did also , but added little friendliness to it.I even created a warm and inviting feeling in my classroom to chase away fear.
Keeping in mind that we are teaching in a inclusive community with poverty an issue , I should be prepared to have extras in class.Extra pencils pens, rulers and even books .
I am an English First additional Language teacher , so reading is a major issue in my class.Our language of communication is 80 % Afrikaans and the Native language Nama today is about 5 % .Learners must be inspired and encouraged to participate in English.In the Apartheids regime the black South Africans were forced to be educated in Afrikaans.
Teaching in a rural community has many challenges and forces teachers to think creatively.It promotes many opportunities to get involve in the community.