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Spring 2016 edition now online

All articles from the spring, 2016 edition reproduced online.

Feuerstein Method giving Bellavista learners the chance to excel

It’s all well and good for schools decide to be “thinking” schools and deploy useful programmes that provide “hangers” on which to “scaffold” their intention to develop higher order thinking skills, but what are they doing about developing the underlying cognition to use in a metacognitive learning curriculum or approach? The Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (IE)1 […]

Every girl in school for every period

By Anita Shapiro Daniella Zinanni, aged 12 years, a student at Elkanah House in Cape Town in the Western Cape, has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize.1 In 2014, Zinanni went on an outing to a few schools in the community of Blouberg, where Elkanah House is situated. The aim of this visit […]

Thinking made visible

By Margarita Nichas Upon graduating from university, the average young English teacher is (as I was) enthusiastic and committed to changing the world by motivating each learner to achieve their highest potential, believing that education can change the lives of every young person almost immediately. And thus begins the journey. The only problem, of course, […]

Values make leaders

By Pam King and Linda Barnard The year 2014 marked the launch of our values campaign at Clarendon Primary School for Girls, a state girls’ school in East London in the Eastern Cape. This was in response to a presentation given by the Federation of Governing Bodies of South Africa (FEDSAS)1 on values-driven schools versus […]

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    Inscape Education Group Online Teachers Conference, pre-registrations are now open.

    According to, the government’s newest strategy for turning education around is known as “Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025”, which aims to improve learning and the work of teachers. Action Plan 2014 includes the new CAPS curriculum focussing on literacy and numeracy, the introduction of standardised assessments of grade three, […]

  • Another brick in the wall

    Why do otherwise sane and normal people become teachers? Ican tell you. Let’s face it. If teachers are absolutely honest (and, please, I am not suggesting for one moment that they are dishonest – at least, not most of them and certainly not most of the time; some of my best friends are teachers), they […]

  • Practical Teaching: Physical Education for Secondary Schools

    Authors: C. Burnett, R. Naidoo and C. Roux Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-907817-2 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Oxford University Press’s (OUP) Practical T eaching: Physical Education for Secondary Schools (there’s also a resource for primary schools) will be a boon for every teacher who lays a hand on it. Many researchers and policy […]

  • Jabulani Means Rejoice: A Dictionary of South African Names

    Author: Phumzile Simelane Kalumba Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 978-1-920397-34-0 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Modjaji Books is an independent publishing enterprise thoroughly deserving of the support of South African schools. In addition to publishing novels from new authors, Modjaji (named for the Balebedu Rain Queen, Modjadji) also produces other works with a distinctive South African […]

  • Mama’s Special Baby – ME

    Author: Bongiwe Nomaqumba Published by the author ISBN: 978-0620-558532 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers This slim book may have only 31 pages, but it has a mighty heart. It was self-published by a woman who has known enormous loss. In 2011, Bongiwe Nomaqumba gave birth to a little girl, Loyisolwethu (lovingly nicknamed Lolo). To the […]

  • Support Short Story Day Africa

    By Fiona De Villiers Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) is a nonprofit organisation headed by Rachel Zadok, Tiah Beautement and Nick Mulgrew. Says this literary trio: When Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, addressed an international conference in 2009,1 she spoke of the danger of the single story, a distorted, onedimensional view of Africa that sees […]

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