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Another brick in the wall

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

Teachers should be given a course in horse whispering. As we all know, taming rambunctious young colts who are kicking and bucking against being saddled with the burden of education, needs something more mystical than mere words. And now the need is even more urgent. Because teaching a class with masks on while wearing a […]

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Why I love my library

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
Why I love my library

BY VUYOKAZI JAMIESON I had the pleasure of interviewing Siphesihle Zita, a Grade 9 student at St. Andrew’s College in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape. Zita is a regular visitor to the Cawse library at the college and a self-confessed book lover. ‘Ma’am, I love the library, it is my place of peace,’ he informed […]

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For parents and teachers: Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
For parents and teachers: Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

BY MARGARET KRISTIN MERGA Words are powerful, and a rich vocabulary can provide young people with significant advantages. Successful vocabulary development is associated with better vocational, academic and health outcomes.1 When parents read books aloud to their children from an early age, this offers notable advantages for children’s vocabulary development.2 This gives them a broader […]

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Make your school future-proof with e-learning from Optimi

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
Make your school future-proof with e-learning from Optimi

In 2020, schools across South Africa have faced their most challenging academic year yet, with lockdown closures disrupting learning in significant ways. While hard-working teachers and principals have tried their best to adapt and innovate, the COVID-19 crisis has also served as a wake-up call for many schools to improve their e-learning capabilities. In this […]

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A boost for Montessori from Jeff Bezos

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
A boost for Montessori from Jeff Bezos

On 19 October 2020, tech maverick Jeff Bezos, who is the CEO of Amazon, opened the Bezos Academy, a preschool in Des Moines, Washington, US. Announcing the news on Instagram by way of a picture of one of the school’s classrooms, Bezos wrote: ‘This classroom is just the beginning … [it is] the first of […]

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Playing the viral game

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
Playing the viral game

Researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Social Decision Making Laboratory in the UK have teamed up with Dutch media agency Drog to develop an online game called ‘Go Viral’ Created using funding from the UK Cabinet Office, ‘Go Viral’ teaches players how to detect fake COVID-19 news. It’s a novel approach: participants will become experts […]

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ISASA member Get Ahead College receives 4iR STREAM laboratory

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
ISASA member Get Ahead College receives 4iR STREAM laboratory

BY LAUREN SCHWARZ An exciting world of drones, 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence has opened up for the high school students and teachers at Get Ahead College in Komani, Eastern Cape, with the establishment of a 4iR classroom.1 The 21st century science and technology centre, a project of STEM education specialist, Sakhikamva Foundation,2 sponsored […]

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Brescia House School more than ready for total online learning

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
Brescia House School more than ready for total online learning

BY WENDY SAUTHOFF Brescia House School has been a Microsoft Showcase School since 2013.1 Little did our staff, parents and pupils know that they were laying the foundation for remote learning during a nationwide lockdown. Since we became a Microsoft Showcase School, teachers and pupils have been developing their skills using Microsoft applications. When the […]

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Poor, minority students at dilapidated schools face added risks amid talk of reopening classrooms

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
Poor, minority students at dilapidated schools face added risks amid talk of reopening classrooms

BY HARDY MURPHY In the United States (US), local, state and federal officials wrangle over how to make schools safe,1 with concern over how to sufficiently disinfect and ventilate2 schools. But for low-income students, their teachers, and families, returning to school is a more risky proposition due to the age and condition of the buildings […]

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A ‘thinking/feeling’ school finds its way through a pandemic

| January 14, 2021 | 0 Comments
A ‘thinking/feeling’ school finds its way through a pandemic

BY KIM VAN DER HOVEN, VAUGHN BOND, LEIGH MYLREA AND JACKY WOLVERSON Forres Preparatory School in Cape Town adopted the phrase ‘Be a thinking/feeling school’ some time ago. It began when we embarked on a ‘thinking school’s journey’ in 1999 and attended a conference which showcased many cognitive programmes that would teach learners how to […]

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Africa’s children must return to school

| January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
Africa’s children must return to school

By September 2020, where the end of the school year often coincides with the end of a calendar year, many African countries were still in a quandary as to whether or not to re-open schools. In Kenya, for example, George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, had previously said, ‘[T]he ministry will not bow to […]

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