Local teacher up for global award

2016-01-12 06:00
 Warren Sparrow, a teacher and head of Information and Communication Technology of Rondebosch Boys' Preparatory School, is a finalist in the Global Teacher of the Year Award.

Warren Sparrow, a teacher and head of Information and Communication Technology of Rondebosch Boys' Preparatory School, is a finalist in the Global Teacher of the Year Award.

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Warren Sparrow, a teacher and the head of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School, is one of 50 finalists in the Global Teacher of the Year Award.

The Global Teacher of the Year Award is $1m prize given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution.

The Varkey Foundation launched the award to raise the stature of the teaching profession. The foundation seeks to celebrate the best teachers — those who inspire their students and community around them.

Sparrow has been a teacher for the past 19 years and specialises in eLearning support.

A qualified Mathematics, Physics and Biology teacher, he also won a provincial Teaching Award in 2012 for excellence in ICT Enhanced Teaching.

He has received a number of ICT awards, like Microsoft Innovative Teacher for both South Africa and Africa and the 21st Century Classroom Project of the Year award for the most innovative use of technology for enhancing learning in schools.

This dedicated and motivated teacher has built up excellent relationships with the pupils and he has used his expertise to build their confidence and to choose appropriate learning strategies to help them achieve.

He keeps record of each pupil and uses these to strengthen their weak areas. Sparrow has integrated his work across the curriculum, bringing a number of different opportunities to his pupils, and often actively involving them in their own assessment so that they can see their errors and improve their knowledge and abilities.

He is also trying to share his knowledge, expertise and work with teachers at schools that have fewer resources. He has developed a website, www.wsparrow.co.za, with a variety of resources for teachers to use free of charge in their classes.

With over 8 000 applicants from 148 countries around the world, being shortlisted in the top 50 finalists of the Global Teacher of the Year Award is a great achievement.

Sparrow is one of the two South Africans shortlisted for this award. The second one is Colleen Henning from St John’s College in Johannesburg. The winner will be announced in March.

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