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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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.

‘South Africa comes last in Maths and Science’

Here is an excellent article about the state of South Africa’s maths and science education. 

http://midrandreporter.co.za/109668/sa-comes-last-in-maths-and-science/

Check it out!

Moving on with Maths

Two years ago our new publishing company released our first publication, My Maths Buddy. A unique and evolutionary Maths Dictionary that was done based off surveys of Learners and teachers as well as study into the technology of definitions and what is really needed to make a difference for one learning Maths.

Our book has been a great success with over 15 000 copies sold to date. We have also translated it into Afrikaans, one of the nine official languages in South Africa. We have had many many success stories from teachers and learners who have used the book and found it to help immensely with their understanding and ability to apply Maths. Kids from across the world are now using it because it is not only available in softcopy, but as an eBook as well.

In addition, we have done almost 50 seminars and workshops to subject advisers, Maths teachers and principals of schools as well as Learners on how to effectively use the book, including a new view on Maths. These too have had great success.

As a result, and to provide the information on what I go over in my seminars and workshops to parents specifically, a new book is soon to be released – Five Effective Ways To Help Your Child Succeed With Mathematics. This book contains the key successful methods used in the workshops which have been found to be invaluable to teachers and learners to date.

Now making them available to parents, who can then assist their kids with confidence to improve their Maths understanding, is a step towards helping far more kids pass maths with confidence. In the meantime, My Maths Buddy has been the solution to understanding Maths for many.

Stay tuned.

Down a Different Path

Mitch & Makhaya

I started this blog with hopes and determination to get my book, Mitch & Makhaya, out within a few months. Fate spelled out another path and a year later I still hold the hope of completing my book.

However, as an author I did get something published. But, in addition to that, started our own publishing house. Now that’s not too bad a change of destiny.

My Maths Buddy

After extensive research into why kids struggle with Maths at school, we found an answer. It was an interesting and eye-opening path. We spoke with many youngsters and almost one for one, found that they had difficulty with the words and terms of Maths. and to add a little secret. .  many teachers had similar problems too!

Hence, out of the long hours of research and development came a new and unique dictionary, My Maths Buddy maths dictionary. and here is one of the main reasons it works: 100% a creation of laypeople. Yes, we did have everything checked by Maths experts BUT the idea was to address kids at the level they normally communicate.

We’ve had fantastic endorsements and feedback to date and with the book on the market, mainly in South Africa so far but reaching internationally now, we’ve sold just short of 3000 copies in just under seven months.

This month too, we are about to launch, in partnership with the NGO Education Africa, the One Book One Learner Project which is a project giving companies and individuals the ability to donate My Maths Buddy to underprivileged kids. its one thing to ensure those who can afford to get such tools do get them, its another to make sure those who cannot afford to obtain the book are enabled by us to do so. after all, intelligence is not determined by income. So here is a Project anyone can get behind. Its covered briefly on our Blog at this time.

We have kept up a regular briefing of developments of My Maths Buddy at our Blog, so you can check out some of the testimonials and happenings there.

So with my attention on this new, exciting and effective help for kids – now starting on translations of it as well as the new My Science Buddy’s coming – I’ve had little time for Mitch & Makhaya. Hopefully I’ll get to them before they get too old to have exciting youth adventures!

First Birthday Celebration!

Tomorrow is our company’s first birthday!

We will be 1 year old!!!

We would like to thank all those great people who supported us and believed in us from the very beginning and all those who still working with us, believing in us, supporting us, communicating with us, read our blogs and liked us on FB.

Our first product, My Maths Buddy, has really taken off and proving to be a needed resource for schools, teachers and kids at school. We have now started translating into Afrikaans and soon to do a couple of the other major international languages.

We are also due to open our UK subsidiary in a month or so. So thank you to all who helped us to get this far.

You can keep up with us on either

www.facebook.com/mymathsbuddy

www.facebook.com/palangapublishing

www.mymathsbuddyblog.com

or visit our website at www.mymathsbuddy.co.za

 

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Important Message to all Businesses: Help Where it is Needed

As of this month, June 2012, My Maths Buddy and the non-governmental organisation, Education Africa, are about to take a giant leap in the rehabilitation of Mathematics in South Africa. Three other prominent NGO’s are joining forces in this project and their names will be released shortly.

The project is being launched wherein all corporates, companies and concerned individuals can join in to provide My Maths Buddy to thousands of underprivileged schoolkids. Because Education Africa has offices in the UK and USA, this allows anyone in those countries to participate too.

This is the 1Book 1Learner Project!

It is relatively simple.

Companies, corporates or individuals sign up as members in the Project. They do this by taking on the donation of 1 or more books per month, on a debit order system. Single donations can also be made. Education Africa, for every 3000 donated copies, then distributes these to needy schools on behalf of the donors. The donors themselves, receive their tax exemption certificate for their donation AND their names included inside the book on the Donors Page plus receive a copy of the logo for their use on their stationary to indicate they are members.

The purpose of this project is as follows:

1. Placing My Maths Buddy into the hands of thousands of needy South African Teachers and Learners so as to increase the understanding of and ability to apply Mathematics to the degree of positively influencing the study of pure Mathematics and the Matric pass rate in South Africa;

2. Focus on the provision of My Maths Buddy to underprivileged or less economically able schools so as to provide opportunity to those less privileged.

With Maths results consistently below a 50% pass rate in South Africa in the last few years, THIS is a means to unlock the potential of our kids and get the results back up well over 50%. Economically, we really cannot afford to do anything else!

So if you are either a business owner, part of a large corporate or a concerned individual, you CAN participate in this exciting project.

For more details you can contact Education Africa at mailbox@educationafrica.org or My Maths Buddy at info@mymathsbuddy.co.za.

You can also visit www.mymathsbuddy.co.za.

Your participation will make a difference.