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Archive for March, 2020

Another brick in the wall

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
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

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
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

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
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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Women and Wikipedia

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
Women and Wikipedia

One online tool that every teacher and every student uses is Wikipedia, the enormous online encyclopaedia. Yet, many teachers discourage students from turning to Wikipedia as a source or reference because it lacks authority: its entries can be edited by anyone. In December last year, physicist Jess Wade, a research associate at Imperial College, London, […]

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TikTok: a ticking timebomb?

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
TikTok: a ticking timebomb?

BY SUSAN MOERDYK, HEAD OF MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA, CYBERSHARP At CyberSharp, we believe in empowering parents and educators with critical information needed to have informed conversations with children about online safety. Controversial app TikTok has not only exploded in terms of teen/tween popularity, but has also been widely criticised in the media. As with […]

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South Africa’s future hinges on its six-year-old mathematicians

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
South Africa’s future hinges on its six-year-old mathematicians

BY EDWELL GUMBO The fourth industrial revolution is changing the way we live and work. Its impact is being felt in everything, from how we travel to how we treat diseases, how we source our energy to how we mine our minerals. As it evolves, many of today’s jobs are becoming obsolete – some are […]

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You’ve got a friend in me! Part one

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
You’ve got a friend in me! Part one

BY GAIL DRENNAN In his 2017 novel The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel,1 Jo Nesbø makes the point that ‘we feel first and reason afterwards’. Let me demonstrate this point by asking some questions: • How many of you have been skydiving? (If your answer is yes, you are part of the ‘fearless’ group). • […]

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Enriching the curriculum and the children: learning Sanskrit at St James Preparatory School, Johannesburg

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
Enriching the curriculum and the children: learning Sanskrit at St James Preparatory School, Johannesburg

BY JOHN CURLE From the first moment of sounding my first अ (a), I fell in love with the sound of Sanskrit. The sound was so beautiful. It had an immediate effect of clearing the mind and settling the heart. In that moment I knew I could sound the pure अ (a) – it was […]

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Two news centres, a refreshed curriculum and an ESTEAM festival at Somerset College

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
Two news centres, a refreshed curriculum and an ESTEAM festival at Somerset College

BY RUTH EVANS AND CRAIG VERDAL-AUSTIN Somerset College is one of only a handful of South African schools to offer ESTEAM. We have chosen to add entrepreneurship and art to the cluster of subjects usually associated with STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our aim is to introduce our children to new ideas, new experiences […]

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Sex education is part of our curriculum: how to talk to children openly

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
Sex education is part of our curriculum: how to talk to children openly

BY SHARON GORDON I am constantly horrified how we talk about sex, sexuality and puberty to our children. Nationally, we are going through a rather heated debate about the recently introduced sex education at schools.1 I talk to children about sex all the time and here is what you should know. They know far more […]

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The importance of life orientation in schools: a preparatory perspective

| March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
The importance of life orientation in schools: a preparatory perspective

BY CHRIS VERSTER When I was at high school, I had to attend a compulsory 30-minute lesson called guidance, a subject that all students ‘poo-pooed’ and found somewhat boring. Now, some 25 years later, I am writing an article on life orientation (LO) and its importance. So what has changed my perspective since leaving school? […]

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