I’m Mabore Lekalakala, a permanently employed and qualified 23 years experienced Mathematics educator at Mapudithomo Primary School, Limpopo, SA from 07th June 1995 to date. My passion is developing young minds; helping them to develop positive values and be the best at what they do. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert 2012-2018, my focus is on innovation, value creation and being resourceful to the teaching fraternity through teaching and learning that develop fellow educators and learner's with 21st century skills.
My academic and professional expertise:
Graduate Teachers Diploma from Mamokgalake Chuene College of Education, National Diploma in Human Resources from UNISA, Further Diploma (Science field) and Bachelor of Education (Mathematics field) from Wits University. The combination of these diverse academic standing and skills traits set me apart from my peers in the education, training and teaching profession.
Amongst my accolades and achievements, I have been recognised with various awards. I received the National teaching awards, in the category of Excellence in teaching mathematics (GET) on the 27th of February 2016. The DoE rewarded me with various prizes including a vehicle as token of appreciation for the work and contribution I am bringing to the education fraternity. I was a runner up in the category of Excellence in Primary Teaching for the same award in 2013. The recognition and acknowledgements of the National Teaching Awards were spear headed by the South African State President, Deputy President, the National Ministry of Education and dignitaries from different departments and sectors. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, I attended the Global Educators Exchange in Washington, USA from April 2015 to May 2015 representing Limpopo Province and South Africa. I received ISPA Champ Teacher for 2015 and Stars in Education in March 2013. Being selected by the Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum in 2012 paved my way towards using technology and inspired me to venture and explore further into other ways of using technology for teaching and learning. Apart from all the stated achievements and awards, I am a Microsoft Certified Educator, equipped with technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students and ability to capacitate willing educators in the province, country and globally. This year, 2018, I have been selected as one of the top ten finalists in the ISPA prestigious national competitions.
I have presented in various conferences, teachers capacity building workshops and teachers’ forums, locally, provincially, nationally and globally. Most of the speaking and capacity building engagements were ICT Conferences, Edtech Summits, teach meets, webinars on various subjects, Skype presentations and road shows to a global audience. I presented at the Edtech Summit Africa 2016 where the Edtech team, myself included, impacted on educators throughout South Africa, Swaziland and Ghana. Training workshops I conducted include the July 2015 Schoolnet ICT Conference in Durban, Cape Town e-schools' network, innovate schools’ ICT conference, Johannesburg Dainfern College EdTech Summit, Jane Furse EdTech Summit 2014 and Bloemfontein ICT and Classroom Conference 2013. I use local, provincial and national educational competitions, ICT conferences, online and face to face professional development training and social media communities to capacitated myself, pick up best practices, learn from others and set myself new benchmarks. I use the same platform to disseminate information on lessons learned and shared methodologies. Most importantly, my high priority is to strengthen the school and communities around me in my home province of Limpopo.
Project Based Learning:
I conducted projects with grade 6 learners at Toronto Primary School and Mapudithomo, that focused more on innovative content creation and safer use of mobile technology in and out of the classroom .The projects expose learners to a range of applications and software including Inspireware Maths and Science Programme, Microsoft Maths Worksheet Generator, Khan Academy, ixl.com, Geogebra, Flashcards, Kodu , Minecraft, etc. In my daily teaching, I use technological tools such as Office Mix, Sway, OneNote and PowerPoint, YouTube videos, quizzes, images and many more to bring reality into learning. I allow learners to create their own resources using technology. The created contents and resources are based on learners’ own contexts which is genuinely relevant to them. The combination of all tools ensures real life and meaningful learning and is an addition to all, excitement. These initiatives encourage enjoyment of learning through modern technologies as part of promoting 21st century skills.
My strengths include amongst others an in-depth knowledge, skills and experience of teaching Mathematics, Science Languages and ICT as well as my desire to continuously learn and seek new ways of developing learners of the 21st century skills and attributes. Although I was not trained to teach with technology, through my own initiatives, eagerness, interests, self-directed learning, tenacity and will power to make a difference, I progressed to where I am now and accumulated the set of skills and attributes. Today I am a MIE Expert 2012-2018, an ISPA Champ Teacher, an NTA award winner, a trainer, a mentor to other educators and an extraordinary educator that has appetite for positive results and ground-breaking projects in the field of learning and teaching. I use technology in my classroom, transforming my interaction with learners and taking them to new heights with ease.
It is my wish and ambition to see South Africa and the global community using the skills and knowledge of teachers like myself and those who came before me through the same career ladder to contribute to education and learning.