Who said taking a risk was never important?

“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury

                                  Kevin Baloyi looking at the sunset, Cape Town

The above quote is very powerful and meaningful to me. It explains my life in the current situation. Growing up, I was afraid of taking risks because I thought I would fall and hit my head on the ground so hard and never get back up again. I was more concerned about what people were going to say, rather than thinking about my needs and growth. I prioritized other people’s happiness and forgot about mine. I never wanted to fail because I did not want to disappoint people that look up to me. Hence, I never took risks. I always chose the easy ways to be safe all the time.
I decided to jump off the cliff, as I am confident that on my way down I will build my wings, as God will be with me. As I jumped off, I experienced the winds and the storms that were not so comfortable. The dust that was carried by the winds interfered with my eyes but I told myself that I will never let these challenges stop me from building the wings that I desired. I never lost the focus because I was following the vision that I saw.
What am I saying? I have decided to leave my comfort zone. In 2018 I will be living in Polokwane, which is far from my life (family and friends). I decided to explore the world, try and learn the hard way, where I will be challenged because I will be independent. I will be in a foreign place where I know that I will grow personally and professionally.
The reason why I decided to take this challenge is that I want to experience a different environment. I’ve been at the LEAP Science and Maths Schools all my life, from when I was still a student then later joined the Internship Program called the ‘Future Leaders Program’. I got an opportunity to be an intern teacher at Mitchell House, where I will be teaching English and IT in the Intermediate Phase. I will be organizing Outreach Programs for adults, assist with the computer club and coach soccer.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I was not going to let it slip away. Who would? It is going to be a challenge, that I know, but I am ready to take up that challenge. Life is about making sacrifices and challenging yourself. That’s how one learns and grow. I want to thank God for such divine opportunities. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be this far.
                        Kevin Baloyi with hands wide open, symbolizing freedom.

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Dealing with the “Techies”

“If we teach today’s students the same way we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” -John Dewey  (Kevin Baloyi, 2017 EdTech Summit Africa Presenter) 

For the students to be effective in everything they do, they need to be taught the way they want to learn. Experiential learning is important because learners are able to learn at their own pace. We are dealing with the net generation and we should take advantage of what they love and use it to enhance their learning. Most of the learners have smart phones and they are always glued on their phones. Instead of confiscating the tool, use it to your advantage as an educator. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying technology is a solution, technology is just a tool that can improve teaching and learning. It is a tool that will never replace educators.

Educators have an important role to play in the learners’ lives. In as much as technology can be a bridge between teaching and learning, learners also need social emotional development and technology cannot be that tool. Educators are still needed in the lives of the “wireless generation”. To teach, and more importantly, to reach today’s digital generation, you need to be able to integrate digital tools into your online classroom curriculum. With the increase in mobile devices also has emerged an amazing array of apps.

As technology advances and as the Internet has become fully integrated into the personal lives of learners, this new “wireless generation” demands always-on access. Learners need to access instruction in meaningful learning environments, and they need this access from any place, any time, and any other – in the classroom, on the school bus, in the library, in a car, hanging out with friends, or at home. 

In order to keep our learners excited about learning, let us teach them the way they want to learn. At the end of the day we are not teaching the subject but we are teaching human beings. Let us shift from the autocratic leadership in a classroom to a democratic leadership, where learners and teachers engage and learn together.  (Kevin Baloyi and attendee, EdTech Summit Africa 2017)

As educators, we need to speak the same language. We need to work together because we have a common goal that we all need to achieve. We want to see our learners equipped with knowledge and understanding. Let us use what they already have and already know. At the end of the day we want to satisfy the needs of the learner, not our needs as educators. Be an educator with the difference. 

My duty is to continue being the Global Minded Educator and make sure that I empower both, the teachers and students. I chose Education because I want to change the world! 

The Sky Is Not The Limit

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ETSA Team – God’s Window, Mpumalanga

The sky is not the limit, your attitude is.  Once you discover who you are, you will start doing certain things and stop doing other things. Your lifestyle changes. Your environment changes. Why? Because you want to accommodate the new person that you have discovered inside of you.

it is important to know who you are. Your purpose matters. Once you know what your purpose is, your life will take a different direction. The word of God says, in the book of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God has a plan for each and every individual living on earth. You can plan all you want but God’s purpose will prevail.

You should be vision driven and fulfill your vision because at the end of the day you will stop working for the vision and the vision will work for you. You will stop following the vision because the vision will be following you. Open your eyes and discover what your purpose is. What drives you? What are you passionate about? Do you know your purpose? Those are the questions you should ask yourself in order for you to succeed.

Never thought I was gonna be here today

I remember my first day like it was yesterday. Monday morning, 15 January 2001, was the greatest day of my life. I remember waking up at 4 am and wanted to go to school immediately. I knew that I was called for Education. I’m an aspiring teacher – Global Minded Educator today because I knew my purpose from a very young age.  Know your purpose and have a vision. You will never go wrong.

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(Kevin Baloyi, age 5 – first day at school)

Aspiring Greater Heights

“I chose Education because I want to change the world!” – Kevin Baloyi

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Global Minded Educators is a non-profit organization empowering educators in Africa. Global Minded Educators seeks to reduce the planted inequities in the societies by working to provide access to quality education in order to transform children’s lives, schools, and communities.

VISION

To transform the education system globally.

MISSION

To facilitate workshops, yearly summits and other experiences that help create an expansive community of practice with educators that are dedicated to transformative education. Offer professional development sessions around the Africa. Connect educators globally through social media and other platforms.

OBJECTIVE

We want to remind the educators that they have an important role to play in the children’s lives. We are raising a global-minded generation that wants to change the education system worldwide.