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Another brick in the wall

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

“All grown-ups appear as giants to small children. But headmasters (and policemen) are the biggest giants of all and acquire a marvellously exaggerated stature,” said author Roald Dahl. The world is critical of teachers. The critics (non-teachers, of course) believe they know how teachers should teach – after all, they’ve been there, haven’t they? – and that makes them experts. However, the one person […]

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Here’s Alice!

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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Why I let my pupils sit in my storeroom, if they want to

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why I let my pupils sit in my storeroom, if they want to

BY FULVIA STOLZ At Dainfern College in Johannesburg, Gauteng, teachers are giving the classroom a 21st Century makeover, to improve the learning experience. Sandi Tyson walked back into her Dainfern College classroom after a 12-year break from teaching, and her first thought was: “My classroom hasn’t changed at all.” But instead of giving Tyson (a Grade 4 teacher) […]

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Big business moves into schools down under

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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Going big to catch a betrayer

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Going big to catch a betrayer

The story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam in the Netherlands during World War 2 and documented her short life in a diary, has fascinated generations of readers. The fact that the Franks were betrayed and sent to the death camps in 1944 is a compelling part […]

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Technology talk

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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Not bugged by bullies anymore

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Not bugged by bullies anymore

At the age of two, Canadian Sophia Spencer had an engaging experience with a butterfly. That was that: after wards, she was hooked on insects. However,Spencer used to get routinely bullied at school because of her passion. Based in Ontario, Spencer ’s mother wrote to the Entomological Society of Canada last year, disclosing her daughter ’s passion and the fact that she was being bullied. The letter also contained […]

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Get everyone at school to plant a tree this year

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Get everyone at school to plant a tree this year

The importance of planting trees to save the planet was highlighted when the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), based in Richmond in the UK, recently unveiled the first-ever database of all the world’s tree species. The new database is called Global Tree Search, and comprises information gleaned from more than 500 published sources to create what the BGCI calls “[a] global, authoritative list […]

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Fireworks pretty, but poisonous

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Fireworks pretty, but poisonous

Fireworks mark high days and holidays, such as New Year’s Eve, in various countries around the world. However, the brilliant bursts cause alarming spikes in air pollution, a new study shows. Scientists gathered evidence from 300 air-quality monitoring sites between 1999 and 2013 and released their findings earlier this year. They were analysing the microscopic particles that embed […]

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Rustenburg Early Learning Centre’s vertical garden

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Rustenburg Early Learning Centre’s vertical garden

BY CATHY DZEREFOS Growing populations, higher temperatures and less frequent and erratic rainfall challenge South Africa to find ways to grow food more efficiently.1 ISASA member, Rustenburg Early Learning Centre (RELC), agreed to run a pilot project for the WESSA Eco- Schools Programme2 at the beginning of 2017. Its focus was learning how to grow food in a vertical garden. […]

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