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The Microsoft – ISASA Partnership

| October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Microsoft – ISASA Partnership

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The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

BY JACQUELINE AITCHISON The latest flashing red, hot-button phenomenon that has teenagers – and their parents – huddling in groups over iPads, laptops and phones worldwide, is the Netflix1 series 13 Reasons Why It’s all about teen depression, bullying, rape and suicide, and is based on the novel of the same title by Jay Asher.2 […]

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St Andrew’s School for Girls at the cutting edge of communication

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
St Andrew’s School for Girls at the cutting edge of communication

BY DANIELLA ROSSOUW Effective communication is fundamental to success in many aspects of life, including the running of organisations, companies and schools, and interpersonal relationships with friends and family. Constantly learning how we can improve our communication has many benefits, and for this reason, St Andrew’s School for Girls in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, strives to improve […]

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Independent Education • Spring 17 55 Massive iceberg calves: will it affect our lives?

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Independent Education • Spring 17 55 Massive iceberg calves: will it affect our lives?

Mankind had better study the coldest reaches of the planet before a serious event changes them forever. In Antarctica, one of the biggest icebergs ever discovered has very recently broken away from the Larsen C ice shelf. The breakaway process is called calving. The iceberg is a fascinating phenomenon: this one, dubbed A68, weighs more […]

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Get your parents to make the switch!

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Get your parents to make the switch!

The morning school run, with parents stuck in polluted traffic jams, may look very different in a couple of decades’ time. Britain announced in July 2017 that it will ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars in 2040. France has made the same call, and Norway, the Netherlands, India, Paris, Mexico City and […]

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How to provide a multilayered science offering in your classroom

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
How to provide a multilayered science offering in your classroom

BY DON DUFFIELD As we move deeper into the 21st century, knowledge becomes ever more accessible through the internet, social media and open online learning platforms. This presents a challenge for us as teachers, as at the touch of a button, learners in our classes are able to access information they find interesting well outside […]

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Time to reconsider school assessment

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Time to reconsider school assessment

BY DAVE CARR There are many who contend that 21st century skills are not been effectively assessed in summative mid-term and end-of-year examinations. Over the last decade, teachers around the world have been required to develop tasks and projects for 21st learning programmes.2 They have had to upskill themselves to implement strategies such as flipping […]

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Our happy place: King David Rosabelle Klein Nursery School, Waverley

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Our happy place: King David Rosabelle Klein Nursery School, Waverley

BY CARON LEVY My name is Caron Levy and I am currently principal of King David Rosabelle Klein Nursery School Waverley, in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Iqualified as a speech therapist and audiologist and worked as such, both in South Africa and in Australia. I lectured and supervised at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) within the […]

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Making staff development meetings optional: an effective way to motivate educators

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Making staff development meetings optional: an effective way to motivate educators

BY MARTIN PEROLD An educational strategy that I often use to focus and direct the attention of my learners at the beginning of a class is to ask them an interesting question. One such question was, “What, do you think, is the most commonly used noun in the English language?” My learners guessed various nouns, […]

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Why you should never, ever be friends with students

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why you should never, ever be friends with students

BY MICHAEL LINSIN One of the keys to effective classroom management is to build relationships with students. Making personal connections – through humour, kindness, likeability and more – is a powerful way to influence behaviour. It can also be astonishingly rewarding. The give-and-take with students, the trusting rapport, the shared affection – these are the […]

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Education Incorporated Boutique School

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Education Incorporated Boutique School

BY JACQUELINE AITCHISON “What is boutique education?” is a question we are frequently asked, and the answer is simple. It is exactly what you would expect from any boutique experience: personalised attention and a quality, customised experience. Add to that a value system where every action is motivated by what is in the child’s best […]

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