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South Africans excel in Maths, and to train world-class Maths teachers.
Numeric has developed a low-cost, scalable model for the delivery of high impact after school programs in low-income areas. We currently operate 45 after school programs in Cape Town and Johannesburg with 85 active coaches and 2200 participating learners. Our programs are targeted at learners in Grades 6, 7 and 8, and provide an intensive one-year program that covers arithmetic and pre algebra. Because most South African children have developed gaps in their foundational mathematics, Numeric programs are not curriculum aligned, but focus on building mathematics intensively and rapidly from the ground up. Our programs are staffed by passionate young coaches who themselves are training to become maths teachers. With just one in six applicants securing a coaching position, we are able to ensure a high quality of coach that in turn ensures a high quality learning outcome.
A McKinsey study entitled "How the Best School Systems Stay on Top" surveyed 50 of the top schooling systems around the world. They came away with one remarkable yet simple conclusion: The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. Regardless of the technology you employ, the curriculum you design, the infrastructure you put in place, if you do not have great teachers, you cannot produce great students.
With this in mind, Numeric has launched a teaching academy that aims to attract and train talented young university graduates who are interested in becoming Maths teachers. The Numeric Teaching Fellowship is a fully funded, year-long program during which students complete their post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE) and participate in intensive practical and content training. Teaching Fellows are also placed into Numeric's afterschool programs where they complete a part-time, paid teaching internship.
Numeric uses a powerful (and free) online learning platform called Khan Academy both in training its coaches and as a teaching aid in some of its after school programs. Khan Academy is one of the largest and fastest growing learning platforms in the world, and provides high quality maths instruction in the form of short, 5-10 minute videos covering topics ranging from basic arithmetic all the way through to university level calculus and linear algebra. It also provides a comprehensive exercise platform where users can practice what they are learning in the videos and get real time feedback on how they're doing. Khan Academy has been a great source of inspiration for Numeric and provides us with one the tools we need to train our coaches and nurture in them a passion for, and deep understanding of, mathematics.
Because of the experience we have gained using Khan Academy both in teacher training and in the classroom environment, Numeric provides short courses for in-service teachers wish to introduce Khan Academy into their own classrooms. These typically take the form of a three day short course during school holidays. Participating teachers learn (a) How to find relevant content on Khan Academy (b) How to use the suite of coach tools to track learner progress and identify learners who are struggling and (c) What the practical requirements are for introducing Khan Academy in the South African classroom.
If you are interested in arranging a Khan Academy training for some of your teachers, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
At Numeric we are passionate about training teachers. Because most teachers are trained by universities, we have partnered with several universities to provide semester-long Khan Academy courses for their first year (typically bachelor of education) students. These courses count a certain percentage toward students' semester grades and are intended to provide the them with a firm foundation in mathematics. We have found that university students greatly value the introduction to Khan Academy. The average course rating 4.6 out of 5.0 with 90% of students reporting that they intend to use Khan Academy again during their university careers.
If you would to fine out more about running Khan Academy courses at your University, please contact us on email@example.com for more details.