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March has been so hectic that I only get to catch my breath now and report back on the inspiredteachers conference in Polokwane. I go to many conferences and places all over, but this conference stood out for me. It was warm, informal and inspiring- just like what it promised to be. Dunne, Debby, Thandi, Angela and Lizzie, the inspired team from Quality life really went all out to bring the conference to a besieged Limpopo, despite not getting any support from the Limpopo Department of Education as well as active opposition from the unions. Despite being fully booked we did not know how many teachers would turn up. But the teachers of Limpopo, against all odds, gave up their first day of holiday to enthusiastically attend in droves, which goes to show that you cannot keep inspired teachers down!
I did my normal twitter teacher advocacy, (see the presentation folder at the bottom of this post) and managed to welcome quite a few newbie egg- hatching teachers to the wonderful world of teaching and learning edutwitness.
Lali and Renos kept everybody energized throughout the conference with some inspiring teacher- building activities.
We were inspired by some real stories of innovation happening in Limpopo. Phuti Ragophala showed us that inspired teachers can transform a rubbish dump into a self sustaining community were teachers and the community work together to reduce the rate of unemployment and reduce poverty through taking ownership of their school. She showed us that it is possible to the learning and teaching passion of both learners and teachers and create a school that forms a hub of service delivery. She demonstrated that through commitment teachers can give their learners hope and a better education even within the constraints of a semi rural context.
Mmipe George Mokgehle, the Deputy Principal of Toronto Primary School challenged teachers to embrace technology in the classroom and become inspired technologicians. He pointed out that ICT is cost effective, simple, reliable and user friendly. He gave us a glimpse of what schools of the future will look like.
Here are some moments from the conference:
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Some more photos from the conference can be found here: http://inspiredteachers.co.za/photo-gallery/?album=1&gallery=2
For the in between bits and to get a feel for what went down, see Thandi’s tweet story:
Some of the conference presentations are here: