RSSSpring 2016

The “sticky” campus

| August 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
The “sticky” campus

School design around the world is shifting to meet the educational demands of the 21st century. This was the key message disseminated at the 2016 Learning Environments Australasia Awards, held at the Learning Environments Australasia Conference in Melbourne, Australia on 30 May 2016. At the forefront of innovation is Australian architectural firm Hayball, which took […]

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Try topiary today!

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Try topiary today!

Well-known surrealist British artist, Richard Saunders, has taken to the gentle art of topiary to honour the memory of his beloved Russian Blue cat, Tolly. Topiary is the art of training plants (typically evergreen shrubs and trees) into intricate or stylised shapes and forms. There’s another twist to this topiary tale. Saunders hasn’t gone about […]

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Feet first

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Feet first

Non-profit organisation soles4souls.org says 1.2 billion people on earth live on less than US$1.25 per day. Four hundred million are children who don’t have access to one of life’s most basic necessities: a pair of shoes. In more affluent societies, a fierce debate continues to rage over whether it’s best to let your children go […]

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“If you want to be happy for the rest of your life”

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
“If you want to be happy for the rest of your life”

By Iliana Heideman What makes our hearts sing? Religious or spiritual faith, career success, hobbies, pastimes, sport, travel – all lift our spirits and enrich our existence. It is in personal relationships, though, that we find the greatest happiness. Central to relationships is our engagement with others – practising acts of kindness, tolerance, forgiveness and […]

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New spaces to provoke the wonder of learning

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
New spaces to provoke the wonder of learning

By Des Hugo Since 2008, St Mary’s Junior School in Waverley, Johannesburg, Gauteng, has embarked on a learning journey to embrace and interpret the worldrenowned Reggio Emilia philosophy1 in our work, commencing with the youngest children in the pre-primary school (Little Saints). According to the founder of the approach, Loris Malaguzzi, schools should be beautiful […]

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Are you a “nurturing” or “nanny” school?

| August 24, 2016 | 1 Comment
Are you a “nurturing” or “nanny” school?

By Mike Aubin I have been a proud educator for almost 30 years, spread equally over high and junior schools. Ihave been principal at Wellington Preparatory School in Wellington in the Western Cape for the last 11 years, and it has been a joy and a privilege to see the school grow from 18 children […]

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Instructional rounds

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments
Instructional rounds

By Lorendana Borello In the South African educational setting, classroom observations take the form of colleagues or the head of department (HOD), deputy head or principal visiting teachers whilst they are teaching. In some instances, these visits serve merely to “tick a box” in the process of appraisals, whilst in other cases, they can be […]

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Large-class teaching at King David High School Linksfield

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Large-class teaching at King David High School Linksfield

By Mirah Langer King David High School Linksfield, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, has recently embarked on the implementation of large-class teaching. This teaching practice allows the most significant number of students to be exposed to the expertise of a master teacher within a productive classroom environment. “The success of large-class teaching is all about the respectful […]

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Building bridges at King David Junior School Linksfield

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Building bridges at King David Junior School Linksfield

By Ruth Isaacson My personal interest in the structure of the bridging class emanates from my own experience as a teacher of these classes for five years at King David Junior School Linksfield, in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Iwas always delighted when a pupil who had started out underperforming was ready to integrate into a mainstream class. […]

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End of long-service leave looming in Western Australia

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
End of long-service leave looming in Western Australia

Schools and teachers in Western Australia (WA) face a conundrum. More than 12 000 teachers in state public schools have accrued longservice leave – which, if not taken by day one of term one in 2017, will fall away, says the Education Department. The number of teachers with outstanding leave is so high that even […]

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Going “loco” in Acapulco

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Going “loco” in Acapulco

Acapulco, in Mexico, once a popular holiday resort, is today described by many as “hell on earth”. It has the highest homicide rate in the country and is the fourth most violent city in the world, according to a study by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Justice and Criminal Justice. Here, Mexican federal forces and […]

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