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Autumn 2020

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

Among the legendary tales of epic conflicts – like cops vs robbers, cowboys vs Indians, Jedi vs Darths and Trump vs the Civilised World, classic teachers vs pupils tales are slowly disappearing. Oh sure, there have been attempts, but these are mild, PC-regulated vanilla. A proper battle of the wits, with the kids approaching the […]

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You could be putting children off reading – here’s how to change that

You could be putting children off reading – here’s how to change that

BY ISANG AWAH Not every child is a bookworm, but research shows that developing a love of reading early in life can provide many benefits. From a positive impact on academic achievement,1 increased general knowledge,2 vocabulary growth,3 improved writing ability4 and helping children to develop empathy,5 it’s clear reading can play an important role in […]

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It’s good, it’s nice

It’s good, it’s nice

Title: Nice Author: Various Publishers: KLAYM ISBN: 978-3-033-07388-3 Reviewed by Fiona de Villiers I’d like to introduce you to a spectacular new classroom resource entitled Nice. It’s an A3-sized publication running to 230 pages, some of which are in glorious colour and some of which are in more reflective tones on textured paper. Nice is […]

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Summer 2019

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

‘As South Africans, we can learn a lot from the Japanese Rugby World Cup experience.’ (Comment from virtually every returning spectator.) Years ago, in one of my classes, a well travelled, hard-working South Korean pupil was asked to make a speech comparing his experiences of schooling in Korea and South Africa. With breezy disregard for […]

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Learning how to read is a very big deal

Learning how to read is a very big deal

Title: Teaching Reading Comprehension Authors: Elizabeth Pretorius, Sarah Murray Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780190448837 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers We all know that hundreds of thousands of South African children struggle with literacy.1 I’m not going to revisit the depressing statistics. Rather, I’m going to give you a way to address this crisis. You […]

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St Benedict’s School launches Manifesto on Masculinity

St Benedict’s School launches Manifesto on Masculinity

As a country, South Africa is scarred by a history of violence, particularly against women. The country’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey1 reports that one in five women older than18 has experienced physical violence. This increases to one in three in poorer communities. In response to this scourge– a stain on the fabric of society […]

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School Travel

Too soon for tiny Tasmanians?

Too soon for tiny Tasmanians?

In late July 2016, Will Hodgman, the premier of Tasmania, called for the lowering of the school starting age in that Australian state. Currently, Tasmanian children start attending school at the age of six-and-ahalf years. Hodgman wants them to in class at the age of four-and-a-half. His call has earned him the respect of the […]

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Get in touch with other teens

Get in touch with other teens

To support your global approach in your classroom and your school, you may wish to introduce your students to the online magazine Teen Voices (see: http://womensenews.org/teen-voices/). Teen Voices provides online stories and commentary about issues directly affecting female teens around the world, serving as an outlet for young women to share their experiences and views. […]

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Travel and Sport Europe site visit

Travel and Sport Europe site visit

Two of Travel and Sport’s operational team recently returned from Europe.

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e-Education

Technology talk

Technology talk

BY JUSTIN HARPER Technology is a way of life almost  everywhere you look – and the classroom is no exception. Schools are increasingly integrating technology into all aspects of teaching to provide quality education. Some, like SAHETI School in Bedfordview, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, have carefully mapped out programmes to ensure learners and educators have ongoing access to and a good grasp of the most effective technology available to […]

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Get (h)appy: technological trends for school marketers

Get (h)appy: technological trends for school marketers

BY DEIDRE ALCOCK We are living in a digital world where you either keep up to date, or you fall behind. In this world, our thumbs are becoming an important commodity. If you are having issues with an iPad, you can just ask a six-year-old, and Google is your best friend. It’s a world in […]

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United Herzlia Schools joins other innovative ISASA members with its own online shop

United Herzlia Schools joins other innovative ISASA members with its own online shop

BY TRACY KLASS United Herzlia Schools is a multi-campus, co-educational institution, with 10 schools providing education services ranging from day care to matric across five campuses around the Western Cape peninsula. In 2003, a decision was made to run a centralised uniform shop from the Highlands Estate campus. In 2014, Herzlia decided to update its […]

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Book Reviews

Here’s Alice!

Here’s Alice!

Title: Life According to… Alice B. Lovely Author: Karen McCombie Publisher: Scholastic ISBN: 978-1407158488 Thirteen-year-old Edie knows that she doesn’t need a nanny.  She’s old enough to look after herself, and her six-year-old brother Stan. Between them, they’ve managed to scare off nearlyeveryone their parents hired to take care of them. So, when a girl of just 16 starts looking […]

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Juta jumps in to teach young readers about environmental issues

Juta jumps in to teach young readers about environmental issues

Title: Facto and the Flixies Author: Danie Schreuder Publisher: Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd ISBN: 9781485122609 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers It’s great to see that publishing giants such as Juta are producing story books about environmental awareness for the very young. I read Facto and the Flixies (FF) by Danie Schreuder, one of a series of little […]

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Big business moves into schools down under

Big business moves into schools down under

In July 2017, the conference of the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation which represents the rights of over 70 000 teachers in New South Wales was held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. On day three of the conference, a controversial study, entitled “Commercialisation in Public Schooling (CIP): An Australian Study”, was released to delegates. The study reveals […]

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Regular Columns

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

“Schools are killing creativity.” Say what?! My first reaction was: “Easy, Tiger. You’re a bit over the top, aren’t you?” It wouldn’t be safe for Sir Ken to make statements like that in the presence of any of those many teachers spending hours and hours slaving away teaching music, dance, speech and drama or art. […]

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Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein1 So how should a fish be judged? “By the brightness of its eye, which indicates whether it is fresh enough to pop into a […]

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From the Editor

From the Editor

In 1860, in his thirteenth novel, Great Expectations, Charles Dickens wrote: “In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.” Dickens captured in his great works the squalor, blight, decay, disorder and human misery (that especially affected children) […]

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Other Recent Posts

reading and reviews

reading and reviews

| November 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Title: South African Schooling: TheEnigma of Inequality: A Study of thePresent Situation and Future PossibilitiesEditors: Nic Spaull and Jonathan D.JansenPublisher: Oxford University PressISBN: 978-3-030-18810-8Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Twenty-five years into democracy, inequality still dogs South African schooling I am always a proponent of giving teachers the time to study and discuss current educational research […]

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‘Please, sir, can I have some more?’ How ‘Feed the Monster’ can end literacy starvation

‘Please, sir, can I have some more?’ How ‘Feed the Monster’ can end literacy starvation

| November 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

BY ALISON SCOTT South Africa’s literacy statistics reflect an undisputable fact about education. Children cannot read at a proficiency level that affords them a basic comprehension of text and access to primary education after age 10,1 let alone secondary and tertiary academia. There is no curriculum to offer if the children cannot read the material. […]

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Voice and choice: embracing online learning

Voice and choice: embracing online learning

| November 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

BY CLARE SEARLE The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a rapid and complete transition to online learning for those fortunate enough to consider this an option. With no other alternative available, educators and students alike have had to upskill to one extent or another in a matter of days or weeks to keep […]

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The ‘joy of learning’ online – a journey of discovery at Oakhill: Part 1

The ‘joy of learning’ online – a journey of discovery at Oakhill: Part 1

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

BY JAMES CROSS AND WAYNE PURCHASE In March 2020, when the South African government imposed a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID19 and closed schools across the country, Oakhill School in Knysna, in the Western Cape, was able to adapt to online instruction for our 460 pupils because of a culture of innovation […]

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Inclusive teaching explained for teachers who are new to inclusion

Inclusive teaching explained for teachers who are new to inclusion

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

BY GLADYS AYAYA I have had the rare opportunity to work as a learning support specialist with teachers at an inclusive school for the past 20 years. My role has been supporting both the students who experience barriers to learning and their teachers, and giving regular feedback to the boys’ parents. Inclusive environments offer great […]

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