The Key to Understanding – Language

IMGP0010I would not call myself a linguist as that implies I have studied for some sort of qualification in the field of languages.

Instead I refer to myself as a languagologist. Still no formal qualification but I guess that, when understood simply means the study of language.

In my own research, and gaining the experience in the past three plus years in the delivery of workshops to over 800 maths teachers and more than 5,600 learners from Grade 4 through to Grade 12, I can confidently say that if one gets to understand the language of any subject, any profession or hobby or job, one will succeed with it.

It is not rocket science, but simply application. If one knows the definition (conceptually), the purpose of a word, term or concept and its association within the parameters of the subject or profession one is studying or applying, one understands. When one understands, he or she can apply correctly.

My forte right now is maths. I am the co-author of My Maths Buddy, a simply amazing tool for learners and teachers proven to improve results rapidly.

In applying these simple methodologies, we have moved thousands of learners up from struggling or mediocre maths performance to succeeding. Schools we have been involved with have reported marks oftentimes going up 5 – 20% in a matter of a couple of months.

The simple formula is to leave the teaching, being the content, to the teachers. We empower the teachers first and provide them with the methodology we have proven works. Then we help the learners with the simple building block of any education – understanding the language the subject is encapsulated within.

In fact I mentioned rocket science earlier on. If one were to get to conceptually understand the majority of definitions, purposes and associations of the words related to rocket science, he would be a successful rocket scientist. It really is that simple, ask any engineer, doctor, plumber. They succeed according to their conceptual understanding of the language of their profession, the purpose of each word or term and the associations of these words and terms.

Learning is simple. Content is understood and successfully applied on the back of understanding of the language of the subject.

 

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The world of books continues to be the source of inspiration and a place to let your imagination roam free.

From the Book: Mitch & Makhaya – Cave of Ages

I thought to drop in an extract from the book I am busy on. This is my young readers book by the name above. Take a read and let me know your thoughts or views. . .

CHAPTER 5

The old woman looked down from her hidden position on the side of the hill. She could see the young boys kicking the ball to and fro on the soccer field and on the closer side of the school to her, a group of girls throwing a ball through the netball hoop. Another group sat together chatting to each other leaning against the wall of the administrative building of the school.

She watched them for a while, envious of their youth and energy. Her life had been one of watching and waiting. She was The Keeper. Her job had had moments of anguish and of confrontation with people she had preferred not to have occurred. It had been many, many years now of watching with nothing happening. She felt in her old bones that she was soon to have another confrontation. She thought she had seen them, those she had encountered before. Maybe this was the time.

She sighed and scratched her nose, a slight itch irritating her.

She had perfected the art of camouflage, not being seen by the farm workers, the farmer himself and many of the children when she was but meters away from them.

She gazed upwards to judge the time of day, her white eyes reflecting the glare of the sun. Her body had become old and wizen over the years and her hair had turned white. She had to use mud to cake her hair so that she could remain hidden and so had gotten used to a helmet of dried mud in place of hair she remembered being able to run her fingers through. But that was the price of her position as The Keeper.

She gazed down once more at the children as the school bell sounded and they made their way back to the various classrooms. When the last of them had disappeared into class, she slowly rose, stretched out her back and turned towards the hill. She took three steps towards a clump of bushes and disappeared.

The Movie of Your Mind

Reading is playing a movie in your mind,
Writing provides the scenes, actors and directing,
Publishing produces the movie and
The book itself is your TV set.

Authors have such an Interesting Life

You know what makes an authors life interesting? Being able to go out and research the territory for their book. I had that pleasure yesterday. My wife, Angela, and my one year old daughter, Catherine, got into the car – well, maybe Catherine was helped! – and headed out of town. It was raining so we didn’t expect to see too much but felt we needed to take the trip. Luckily the rain held up once we were out of town.

The amazing thing about Johannesburg is you just have to go 40 minutes west – on the right road – and you are into virgin country. This is the area of the Cradle of Mankind. Beautiful hills, nature reserves with a few sightings of wild animals from the road and some really aesthetic resorts.

We got to the area my upcoming book is being located in, took some shots and carried on driving. Unfortunately it just started drizzling so we did not get much but this opens up the possibility to get more time out of town to continue! But boy, does it help to have that reality on the location so you can close your eyes and think about the roll of the story.

Anyway, we were out of town and reluctant to return too early, so we meandered around, went through the gorge called Hekpoort which is beautiful and found ourselves at a village called Magaliesburg. We stopped at a terrific Country Hotel called Mount Grace for coffee and outstanding and mouthwatering Black Forrest Cake.  Now, if you are ever in the area, this is the place to stop for a meal, a coffee or a weekend! Beautiful. On top of a hill overlooking stunning valleys but oh! so green and lush out there right now.

My daughter Catherine loved the place and crawled around at a speed with Angela and I following like two brawny bodyguards.

Then time to head home but we definitely want to take a weekend break at Mount Grace.

New Maths Guide for Parents Brings Hope

Maths buddy back coverMaths buddy front coverI have been quite busy over the last few months to ensure the methods I use in my workshops with My Maths Buddy, our amazingly effective book, are made available to parents. These workshops have produced excellent results in schools across South Africa with thousands of Learners and Teachers. This new release thus contributes correctly to the circle of maths education: Parent-Learner-Teacher.

This is a new release specifically for the use of the parent – the first really effective  Maths Study Guide for Parents.

How often have you had the situation, as a parent, of needing to help your child with maths homework but its more confusing to you than to him or her?

How often as a result of this have you searched your area for a tutor or extra maths lessons?

Then when you expend hundreds, or even thousands, does the end result show a marked improvement in your child’s understanding of maths, or a decent enough improvement in results?

Here is your solution: Tired of your kids not succeeding with Maths? Thought there was no solution for you to have the confidence to help? Well, there is. FIVE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED WITH MATHS takes the stress out of helping, adds the confidence and boosts your ability! Order now on the pre-launch special by emailing us at info@palangapublishing.co.za. The retail is R155.00($14.50). The SPECIAL is R120.00 ($11.00). We will add delivery cost according to your location anywhere in the world.

A Maths Guide for Parents – Sorely Needed!

Since producing the very successful My Maths Buddy Maths Dictionary, I have been delivering seminars and workshops to over 80 schools throughout South Africa. On average I do two to three workshops per school, delivering to both teachers and learners.

The response has been amazing, but more so, the results produced with the kids doing better at maths, feeling more confident about the subject and more interested in it has been tremendous.

But, there was still a factor in the triangle of education. One the one corner we have the teacher, the second the learner and on the third corner is the parent. My Maths Buddy has proven to be an incredible resource for teachers and learners. we have had many kids letting us know how they have had improved results. A number of them achieving distinctions after using the book.

Our next question was then, “How do we help the parents to help their kids?”cover 5 ways

Based off the successful actions of the workshops, I have now developed and have close-to-ready for print, the book FIVE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED WITH MATHS.

So far, the response is big! based off the surveys we did to ascertain what parents need to help their kids we found there are certain common factors between the teachers, learners and parents. Most common was the lack of confidence in the parents understanding of maths that led to a reluctance to get too involved in helping their kids. Rather send them off to a tutor and hope for the best. Expensive  and not always successful.

So my massage to parents is this:

IS YOUR CHILD UNHAPPY WITH MATHS?

DO YOU OFTEN HEAR “I HATE MATHS!”

DO YOU FEEL HELPLESS AND DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD?

WHY DO SO MANY KIDS STRUGGLE WITH MATHS AT SCHOOL?

These are just some of the questions that you will get answers to in this book!

PLUS you will get equipped with the exact tools that will help you to help your child and STOP their struggle with Maths for good!

This book brings you immediate ANSWERS and SOLUTIONS to help YOU help your child succeed with Maths.

Simple and easy-to-do exercises contained in this book will be mind-openers for you.

It is in your hands to create a better future for your child NOW by using this book to help them understand and apply Mathematics 100 times better.

Do not wait any longer!

Start doing it now!

We are doing a pre-launch campaign (the launch is due early November 2014). The Retail price of the book is R149.00($13.99). The special for the pre-launch is R120.00 ($10.99). Package and Postage is added.

If interested, email us at info@palangapublishing.co.za