RSSWinter 2019

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

There are just so many important – nay, vital – lessons new teachers need to learn. Often related to discipline. Because, as we know, the young, enthusiastic teacher faces terrible dangers. Dangers worse than Bear Gryll’s hard-core death-defying antics in the deepest jungles of the Amazon. The classroom jungle is more deadly and the teacher’s […]

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Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Woema: Afrikaans First Additional Language Textbook and Workbook: Grade 5 is part of the latest series from Pikkie Publikasies. It’s always refreshing to see language textbooks enhanced by colourful pictures as is the case with this learning tool. It makes the whole project – mastering new vocabulary and unfamiliar grammatical structures, for example – seem […]

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Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

BY DEREK ALBERTS For too long, school libraries have been trailing in the wake of the headlong rush towards more technology in the classroom. It is a trend best illustrated by the proliferation of media centres with their banks of blinking computers and shining monitors, typically at the expense of libraries. Much as information technology, […]

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How to make reading fun – and part of life beyond the school room

How to make reading fun – and part of life beyond the school room

BY PETER RULE AND ZELDA BARENDS The love of reading is one of the greatest gifts an adult can give to a child. Pragmatically, reading proficiently helps with school work. But it can also help readers to understand their own world better, and to explore other worlds. Parents often see reading as “school business” – […]

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The top five educational digital trends for 2019

The top five educational digital trends for 2019

BSD Education, an online learning environment, recently outlined the five top technology in education trends for 2019, based on its own research. First up, says BSD journalist Mo Qureshi, is the mass migration of schools towards curricula grounded in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and technology). Says Qureshi, “we are seeing an increased interest in […]

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Schools must aim for digital sobriety

Schools must aim for digital sobriety

Journalist Michael Le Page, writing for www.newscientist.com, reports that the digital technology we use is harming the planet. Says Le Page, “Our tech addiction is cooking the planet. The manufacture and use of smartphones, computers and TVs will produce four per cent oF global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and eight per cent by 2025”. […]

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Who’s there?

Who’s there?

“Bug-in-ear” coaching is becoming more popular in US classrooms, reports www.edweek.org. This is because the notion that making learning more effective depends on the ‘soft skills’ of the teacher – like pausing, appreciating student input and asking open-ended questions – is gaining traction. Theoretically, the practice is simple: a teacher wears an earpiece as she […]

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Everyone can do maths – the research proves it

Everyone can do maths – the  research proves it

BY DR J LIEBENBERG Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to grow new neural pathways. It happens when we are exposed to new knowledge, have new experiences and master new skills. As these new neural pathways form, we are increasingly able to complete tasks (like mathematics problems) which we were unable to master before. […]

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Radio: a global way to connect and learn

Radio: a global way to connect and learn

On Christmas Eve, 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden made the first radio broadcast in history.1 Since then, radio has proved to be an effective teaching and learning tool for communities in far-flung places. Today, says Edith Lennon, writing for www.techdirections.com, the use of radio as a social media tool in schools is an easy way […]

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A reliable way for us all to connect: the Cannons Creek Independent School radio station

A reliable way for us all to connect: the Cannons Creek Independent School radio station

BY WENDY JOUBERT At Cannons Creek Independent School in Cape Town, we are increasingly being asked, “How are you preparing your pupils for the second half of the 21st century?” What a pertinent question that begs others in order to fully comprehend an answer: What are pupils lacking when they leave the hallowed halls of […]

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The German International School Cape Town (DSK) robotics team

The German International School Cape Town (DSK) robotics team

After achieving fifth place in 2017 and third place in 2018, the DSK Robotics team , nicknamed “ASAP”, finally cracked the big win on 1 December 2018 at the National First Lego League (FLL) Competition in Johannesburg. This outstanding achievement was only possible thanks to coach Ross Needham and teacher Jens Zundel, who both helped […]

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