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reading and reviews

| November 16, 2020 | 0 Comments
reading and reviews

Title: South African Schooling: TheEnigma of Inequality: A Study of thePresent Situation and Future PossibilitiesEditors: Nic Spaull and Jonathan D.JansenPublisher: Oxford University PressISBN: 978-3-030-18810-8Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Twenty-five years into democracy, inequality still dogs South African schooling I am always a proponent of giving teachers the time to study and discuss current educational research […]

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‘Please, sir, can I have some more?’ How ‘Feed the Monster’ can end literacy starvation

| November 16, 2020 | 0 Comments
‘Please, sir, can I have some more?’ How ‘Feed the Monster’ can end literacy starvation

BY ALISON SCOTT South Africa’s literacy statistics reflect an undisputable fact about education. Children cannot read at a proficiency level that affords them a basic comprehension of text and access to primary education after age 10,1 let alone secondary and tertiary academia. There is no curriculum to offer if the children cannot read the material. […]

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Voice and choice: embracing online learning

| November 16, 2020 | 0 Comments
Voice and choice: embracing online learning

BY CLARE SEARLE The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a rapid and complete transition to online learning for those fortunate enough to consider this an option. With no other alternative available, educators and students alike have had to upskill to one extent or another in a matter of days or weeks to keep […]

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The ‘joy of learning’ online – a journey of discovery at Oakhill: Part 1

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
The ‘joy of learning’ online – a journey of discovery at Oakhill: Part 1

BY JAMES CROSS AND WAYNE PURCHASE In March 2020, when the South African government imposed a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID19 and closed schools across the country, Oakhill School in Knysna, in the Western Cape, was able to adapt to online instruction for our 460 pupils because of a culture of innovation […]

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Inclusive teaching explained for teachers who are new to inclusion

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
Inclusive teaching explained for teachers who are new to inclusion

BY GLADYS AYAYA I have had the rare opportunity to work as a learning support specialist with teachers at an inclusive school for the past 20 years. My role has been supporting both the students who experience barriers to learning and their teachers, and giving regular feedback to the boys’ parents. Inclusive environments offer great […]

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The Diocesan School for Girls’ ‘Major Duo’ performs on the 2020 virtual National Arts Festival Fringe

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
The Diocesan School for Girls’ ‘Major Duo’ performs on the 2020 virtual National Arts Festival Fringe

BY LIZZIE RENNIE I am wary of using the word talent. It makes success sound easy. It is so much more important to acknowledge what follows – the effort, hard work and investment of many. As a strings teacher at the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) and St Andrew’s College (SAC) in Grahamstown (officially renamed […]

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The ‘PosEd’ approach

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
The ‘PosEd’ approach

BY CRAIG CAROLAN AND TREVOR HARBOTTLE At the 2019 World Government Summit,1 Martin Seligman presented a paper called ‘The State of Positive Education’,2 which highlighted the growth of ‘PosEd’ around the world. From small beginnings at Geelong Grammar School (GGS) in Australia,3 the movement is now so widespread that Positive Education’s (PosEd) reach is truly […]

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Broadhurst Primary School – we value thinking

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
Broadhurst Primary School – we value thinking

BY ANGELA WARWICK, LOU DOKAKIS AND SALIMA KALA Broadhurst Primary School is a private primary school situated in the capital city of Gaborone in Botswana. It opened in 1982 under the first headteacher, Mandy Watson, a British teacher who had worked at other schools in Botswana. The school started small but with excellent facilities, including […]

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Getting it right together: Be in Touch offers a digital parenting guide

| November 9, 2020 | 0 Comments
Getting it right together: Be in Touch offers a digital parenting guide

BY JOSH RAMSEY It is, in my opinion, clearer than ever that the role of schools and teachers is even more essential than we ever knew before this nationwide lockdown. Parents now have some small insight into the challenges that teachers face every day in educating children, and children are realising themselves how dependent they […]

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Life is beautiful at Chartwell House Montessori Eco School

| November 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
Life is beautiful at Chartwell House Montessori Eco School

BY HEATHER KREUSCH I was sold on the Montessori method the day I heard a Montessori teacher say to a four-year-old child: ‘Thank you for offering me a sip of the orange juice you squeezed. Now don’t forget to fetch another orange and put it on the tray before you return the juicer to the […]

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The possible impact of lockdown on special needs children

| November 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
The possible impact of lockdown on special needs children

BY KERRY-LEE GALLIARD The opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens:1 ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…,’ are a perfect reflection of our education situation in South Africa during our current pandemic. For some of our children, this time has offered an opportunity to find […]

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