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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

Go out and be experts

Go out and be experts

BY SIZWE SHIBA ‘Go out and be experts in your niche, and possibly rise up through the ranks and one day be ministers of education, who will be amenable to the role played by the independent education sector in the country.’ These words, spoken by ISASA executive director, Lebogang Montjane, were given as ‘marching orders’ […]

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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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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

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Teachers should be given a course in horse whispering. As we all know, taming rambunctious young colts who are kicking and bucking against being saddled with the burden of education, needs something more mystical than mere words. And now the need is even more urgent. Because teaching a class with masks on while wearing a […]

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Why I love my library

Why I love my library

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

BY VUYOKAZI JAMIESON I had the pleasure of interviewing Siphesihle Zita, a Grade 9 student at St. Andrew’s College in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape. Zita is a regular visitor to the Cawse library at the college and a self-confessed book lover. ‘Ma’am, I love the library, it is my place of peace,’ he informed […]

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For parents and teachers: Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

For parents and teachers: Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

BY MARGARET KRISTIN MERGA Words are powerful, and a rich vocabulary can provide young people with significant advantages. Successful vocabulary development is associated with better vocational, academic and health outcomes.1 When parents read books aloud to their children from an early age, this offers notable advantages for children’s vocabulary development.2 This gives them a broader […]

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Make your school future-proof with e-learning from Optimi

Make your school future-proof with e-learning from Optimi

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

In 2020, schools across South Africa have faced their most challenging academic year yet, with lockdown closures disrupting learning in significant ways. While hard-working teachers and principals have tried their best to adapt and innovate, the COVID-19 crisis has also served as a wake-up call for many schools to improve their e-learning capabilities. In this […]

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A boost for Montessori from Jeff Bezos

A boost for Montessori from Jeff Bezos

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

On 19 October 2020, tech maverick Jeff Bezos, who is the CEO of Amazon, opened the Bezos Academy, a preschool in Des Moines, Washington, US. Announcing the news on Instagram by way of a picture of one of the school’s classrooms, Bezos wrote: ‘This classroom is just the beginning … [it is] the first of […]

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