RSSSummer 2013

Yes we can!

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Yes we can!

Some teachers just get it, like Joan Wright-Albertini, a firstgrade teacher at Park Day School in Oakland, California, US, whose story appears in in Centre for Ecoliteracy’s (based in Berkeley, California) latest book by the centre’s director Lisa Bennett: Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence ( Jossey-Bass, August 2012).

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Money gets students recycling

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Money gets students recycling

The warm fuzzy feeling that you’re helping to save the planet when you recycle should be enough. But, according to a spokesperson at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, USA, it’s still a mission to get staff and students to recyle their trash.

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Architecture the ‘third teacher’ in this Reggio Emilia Bogota school

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Architecture the ‘third teacher’ in this Reggio Emilia Bogota school

Giancarlo Mazzanti epitomises a new kind of architect; one who builds preschools in communities riven by social unrest. The Bogota-based architect has already completed 12 schools for very young learners in his native Colombia, a country where political unrest and violence have existed for decades. Santa Marta is a typical victim of the violence.

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McGregor Waldorf School Grade 9s clean up the Krans

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
McGregor Waldorf School Grade 9s clean up the Krans

Our South African Constitution links environmental issues to values such as human rights and social justice. In recognising the right to an environment that promotes a citizen’s good health and wellbeing, the Constitution supports a national commitment to responsible environmental management.

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Getting to grips with our languages

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Getting to grips with our languages

I once signed off an e-mail “Sala kakuhle” (“Stay well” in Xhosa), and the next day received a reply in which I was addressed as “Dear Ms Kakuhle”. I was interested that my correspondent had assumed that the only Xhosa in my e-mail must be my name, and not an actual phrase in an African language: I thought of responding “Dear Best Wishes” just for fun.

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Tips for teachers

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Tips for teachers

More change? In our fast-moving society, it is not surprising that, in the last year, discussions on change have surfaced in several areas. From school leadership talks on how to manage change effectively, or how to implement information technology (IT) with increasing effectiveness, through to running workshops on how to become a Thinking School – many of us have heard it all.

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Applying ethical principles in the high school classroom

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Applying ethical principles in the high school classroom

Corruption is endemic in South Africa, according to public prosecutor Thuli Madonsela.1 Many of us watch with horror the visuals of gang violence in Manenberg in the Western Cape on television. When chief of police and president of Interpol, Jackie Selebi, was charged with corruption, it must have been confusing to the youth that the man entrusted with prosecuting criminals is a criminal himself.

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Teaching between the pillars of education

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Teaching between the pillars of education

Education is a noun. For many of us, it’s something we strive for. For lucky others, it’s something we’ve got. Something we achieved. It’s somewhat like buying an app online. We can’t really lose it. Even if we don’t make use of it for a while, it’ll always be available to us.

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Dynamic sportsmanship

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Dynamic sportsmanship

In October 2011, I established Dynamic Sports Coaches (Pty) Ltd to ensure that school-going students who play sport are coached by trained, knowledgeable, professional sports coaches.

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The professionalisation of the school sports director

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
The professionalisation of the school sports director

In these changing times it is no wonder that jobs in the school environment are changing as rapidly as those in the conventional workplace. In the private school sector it is common for a school to employ a sports director on a full-time basis.

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“Mind the gap”

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
“Mind the gap”

Taking a gap year after school is relatively common practice overseas, and South Africa is starting to follow this trend.

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