Archive for October, 2013

Teachers can’t teach what they don’t know

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Teachers can’t teach what they don’t know

By Nicholas Spaull The fact that there is an ongoing crisis in South African education isn’t a particularly new revelation. An objective outsider would have to conclude that the weight of available evidence is heavily stacked in favour of the judgement that our education system is in a dire state. Whether one chooses to use […]

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Talking ‘twinning’: a legacy of reaching out at St Andrew’s School for Girls

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Talking ‘twinning’: a legacy of reaching out at St Andrew’s School for Girls

Not everyone can leave a lasting and meaningful legacy, but Frank Simmonds (headmaster and trustee 1990 to 2012), Gill Morris (director of outreach and board member 1990 to 1996) and Meg Grayer (librarian and the founding member of the mobile library in partnership with the Methodist Education Initiative) did just that at St Andrew’s School for Girls in Johannesburg.

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Lacklustre leadership not our lot in life

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Lacklustre leadership not our lot in life

In South Africa – and the world – traits such as authenticity, altruism and accountability are displayed by so few that I challenge you to name more than a handful of leaders who display these qualities consistently.

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Reaching new heights: Clamber Club

| October 30, 2013 | 1 Comment
Reaching new heights: Clamber Club

Children seem to be doing less and less physical activity these days, and the focus on gross motor development in the preschool years is often neglected. The Clamber Club was born in 1990 out of a passion for getting children moving and learning effectively.

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Everyone is special at the SOWLE Centre

| October 30, 2013 | 2 Comments
Everyone is special at the SOWLE Centre

“SOWLE Centre began because of a little boy ready to enter reception year in January 2011. He had been diagnosed with Down syndrome and his parents were struggling to find an appropriately stimulating learning environment for him,” says Samantha Bird, principal of the centre.

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Yes we can!

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Yes we can!

Some teachers just get it, like Joan Wright-Albertini, a firstgrade teacher at Park Day School in Oakland, California, US, whose story appears in in Centre for Ecoliteracy’s (based in Berkeley, California) latest book by the centre’s director Lisa Bennett: Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence ( Jossey-Bass, August 2012).

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Money gets students recycling

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Money gets students recycling

The warm fuzzy feeling that you’re helping to save the planet when you recycle should be enough. But, according to a spokesperson at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, USA, it’s still a mission to get staff and students to recyle their trash.

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Architecture the ‘third teacher’ in this Reggio Emilia Bogota school

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Architecture the ‘third teacher’ in this Reggio Emilia Bogota school

Giancarlo Mazzanti epitomises a new kind of architect; one who builds preschools in communities riven by social unrest. The Bogota-based architect has already completed 12 schools for very young learners in his native Colombia, a country where political unrest and violence have existed for decades. Santa Marta is a typical victim of the violence.

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McGregor Waldorf School Grade 9s clean up the Krans

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
McGregor Waldorf School Grade 9s clean up the Krans

Our South African Constitution links environmental issues to values such as human rights and social justice. In recognising the right to an environment that promotes a citizen’s good health and wellbeing, the Constitution supports a national commitment to responsible environmental management.

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Getting to grips with our languages

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Getting to grips with our languages

I once signed off an e-mail “Sala kakuhle” (“Stay well” in Xhosa), and the next day received a reply in which I was addressed as “Dear Ms Kakuhle”. I was interested that my correspondent had assumed that the only Xhosa in my e-mail must be my name, and not an actual phrase in an African language: I thought of responding “Dear Best Wishes” just for fun.

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Tips for teachers

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tips for teachers

More change? In our fast-moving society, it is not surprising that, in the last year, discussions on change have surfaced in several areas. From school leadership talks on how to manage change effectively, or how to implement information technology (IT) with increasing effectiveness, through to running workshops on how to become a Thinking School – many of us have heard it all.

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