Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day Two in South Africa

My friends around the US you have some competition from the teachers across the Atlantic. These South African teachers are eating up WBT in a huge way! As mentioned in other posts, they have the same problems we do in the states with poverty, challenging kids, and schools not meeting the mark. They are digging in just like we all do and they are getting the job done.

Today we spent a fair amount of time on the Triple Whammy Writing and they saw a huge need for that. They even mentioned that they could use it in their "triple naught'/ 000 classes. That is a class that is two years below kindergarten...yes they start them early here in a semi-school program that helps kids learn the basics. What a novel idea!

So we are talking about Guff today, and a teacher asks what that means. So I tell her it is when someone gives you some back talk. She responded, in her best South African accent (which to Americans is similar to British) "Oh, you mean Back Chatters!" Yes my friends, what a great phrase it is. Try it out, back chatters! Say it again with a British accent!



  1. I love it! I am practicing my Back Chatter with a British accent!! Can't wait to read about more of your experiences! Triple Whammies in Triple Naught! Amazing!

    Mrs. Stoltenberg's Second Grade Class

  2. I've been using many WBT techniques in England during my Fulbright teaching exchange and they have been working wonders. I even shared them with other Fulbright teachers who have been thrilled with the results.

  3. Chris - you are amazing! I LOVE hearing about your journey! The animal pictures from your last post were outstanding. How inspiring hearing about the difficulties that the teachers are overcoming. What an amazing ride WBT is taking you on! I feel blessed to be a part of it, however small. Keep up the great work Chris!