Don’t delay! Join the Independent Education conversations today!

| September 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

We invite schools to contribute stories to Independent Education on the following topics which form part of the many current international education-related conversations (Please contact the Editor, Fiona de Villiers at fiona1@acenet.co.za to discuss style guidelines and deadlines.)

Article topics:

  1. Does your school have a motto? If so, what is it? In what circumstances might your staff and students refer to your school motto? How has the motto helped focus your staff on the big picture goals of your school? How might teachers at your school use the motto to support their work with students in the classroom?
  2. How visitor/parent-friendly is your campus?
  3. How do you take the pulse of your school?
  4. Share your fundraising ideas.
  5. “Public-private partnerships are the only socially responsible way forward for independent schools” – what do you think?
  6. Classroom management – how do your teachers maximise opportunities for learning?
  7. Creating worthwhile online projects and assignments – what can you share?
  8. How do your teachers integrate technology into learning?
  9. Tell us about your favourite teaching tools – traditional and technological, human and non-human.
  10. Consider how every new technology innovation has a two-sided effect, that of being “… both a burden and a blessing; not either/or, but this and that.”
  11. What are your teacher’s favourite online teaching tools and how do you use them?
  12. Review a quality web site for us.
  13. What are the crucial conversations that drive educational excellence in your school?
  14. Developing positive parent partnerships – how do you do it?
  15. Should principals be troublemakers?
  16. Wikipedia – students should be allowed to use it. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  17. A Day in the Life: get your principal to document a day for us.
  18. The issues of the day – how do you get teachers and students talking about current events and incorporating them into the curriculum?
  19. The school nurse – still necessary?
  20. How is your school going green? (Think of building maintenance as well.)
  21. Disaster preparedness – share your plans.
  22. How smart is your tuck shop?
  23. How do your teachers teach global competency?
  24. Our students at independent schools are not being offered a full or rich enough History curriculum.
  25. ‘Outreach’ is an outdated patronising term.
  26. Afternoon naps benefit the brain – bring them back!
  27. The best teachers should be judged by the students and given cash awards.
  28. School photos should be digitally altered.
  29. “Research shows that the bulk of independent school websites are inadequate and lack basic services” – Please share your website success story – who developed it, how and why; what exciting features does it have?
  30. Students should only get into university if they have taken part in social responsibility programmes at school.
  31. Under-5s should be able to read and write.
  32. Ban cell phones in school sporting change rooms.
  33. Children should have much more of a say in how the school is run.
  34. Children in independent schools are just learning for earning.
  35. Tell us about your school wellness programme.
  36. What is effective praise, and how should it be meted out?
  37. If your school received a surprise windfall of R50 000, what would you do with it?
  38. How does your school approach curriculum mapping?
  39. What’s your school stress relief programme?
  40. Teachers of today need to be edutainers.
  41. How do your teachers foster intrinsic motivation in children and each other?
  42. The responsive classroom and school: what do these terms mean to you?
  43. What’s your school sustainability plan?
  44. How is your school helping to recruit new teaching talent? How should South Africa be approaching this problem?
  45. If you were Education Minister for a day, what would you do and why?
  46. These are the key challenges facing the South African education system, and I know how to fix them.
  47. Teachers over 50 have outdated ideas and shouldn’t be in the classroom.
  48. How to get the board involved in school life.
  49. Independent schools are not doing enough to improve South African education.
  50. What are your teachers’ favourite online teaching tools and how do they use them?
  51. Choose and review a quality, educationally-relevant web site for us.
  52. What are the crucial conversations that drive educational excellence in your school?
  53. Developing positive parent partnerships – how do you do it?
  54. Should principals be troublemakers?
  55. A Day in the Life: get your principal or deputy to document a day in his or her life for us.
  56. The issues of the day – how do your teachers and students incorporate current events into the curriculum?
  57. The school nurse – still necessary?
  58. How is your school going green? (Please consider building management/maintenance as well.)
  59. Disaster preparedness – please share your plans with our readers so that other schools may be as prepared as you are for times of danger.
  60. How ‘smart’ is your tuck shop?
  61. How do your teachers teach global competency?
  62. Our students at independent schools are not being offered a full enough or rich enough History curriculum.
  63. ‘Outreach’ is an outdated, patronising term.
  64. Formalised afternoon naps at school benefit the brain – bring them back!
  65. The best teachers should be judged by the students and given cash rewards.
  66. School photos should be digitally altered.
  67. “Research suggests that the bulk of independent school websites are inadequate and lack basic services” – Please share your website success story – who developed it, how and why; what exciting features does it have?
  68. Students should only get into university if they have taken part in social responsibility programmes at school.
  69. Under-5s should be able to read and write.
  70. Ban cell phones in the school sporting change rooms.
  71. Children should have much more of a say in how the school is run.
  72. Students should not be allowed to use Wikipedia.
  73. Children in independent schools are just learning for earning.
  74. Our school wellness programme – what we’ve learned and can share.
  75. What is effective praise, and how should it be meted out?
  76. If your school received a surprise windfall of R50 000, what would you do with it?
  77. How does your school approach curriculum mapping?
  78. Our school stress relief programme.
  79. Teachers of today need to be edutainers.
  80. How do your teachers foster intrinsic motivation in children and each other?
  81. The responsive classroom and school: what do these terms mean to you?
  82. What’s your school sustainability plan?
  83. How is your school helping to recruit new teaching talent? How should South Africa be approaching this problem?
  84. If you were Education Minister for a day, what would you do and why?
  85. These are the key challenges facing the South African education system, and I know how to fix them.
  86. Teachers older than 50 have outdated ideas and shouldn’t be in the classroom.
  87. How to get the board involved in school life.
  88. Independent schools are not doing enough to improve South African education.
  89. Should teachers and students be Facebook/Twitter friends?
  90. Schools that sell alcohol to the public during sports matches are sending mixed messages to their students.
  91. The careers counsellor is the most important teacher in the school.
  92. Civility should be the most important subject in the curriculum.
  93. What should the Head be teaching the Head boy/girl?
  94. Teachers should write – and pass with flying colours – the examinations and tests they set.
  95. School Heads must enforce the sharing of lesson plans, teaching tips and classroom management experience and expertise.
  96. Too few school leaders understand their role. School leadership is about service and development, not the acquisition of personal glory or the right kind of reputation for the right kind of circles.
  97. The school receptionist is the first interface with the public; he/she therefore requires specialised training and assessment.
  98. What does an ‘open door’ policy really mean in practice?
  99. In the modern world, assemblies are a waste of precious classroom time.
  100. Don’t bother with buying new books for the library. Transform the space into another classroom and invest in Kindles or iPads instead.
  101. Sports drinks aren’t necessary for children and teenagers and are likely to contribute to obesity and other health concerns.
  102. Get them off the bench: doing something useful with the kids who don’t like sport, aren’t good at it, and are teased by their peers.
  103. The guardians at the gate: who’s the ‘face’ of your school at the main gate, and what’s their job description?
  104. Recruitment: how does your school find the best person for the job?
  105. Should teachers keep their political views to themselves?
  106. I know how to elevate the status of teachers.
  107. Making connections: this is how we unite our staff; service, support, administrative and academic.

Schools are also urged to contribute stories that fall within our general areas of focus, which are:

  • Snippets (short stories outlining news and accomplishments)
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Leadership
  • Early childhood development
  • Special education needs
  • E-education
  • Teaching and learning
  • Conversations (any topic of interest and relevant to school leaders and managers and teachers)
  • Special projects (stories to do with renovation, design and construction)
  • School marketing
  • Taking trips (stories to do with unique destinations for school children and/or teachers)
  • Making a difference (does your school have a unique outreach programme?)
  • School business management
  • Meet the reader (would you like to feature one of your teachers?)
  • Book reviews (we’ve got the books, you write the review and keep the book!)
  • School sport-related issues
  • Going green

Become part of a dynamic conversation – contribute to Independent Education today!

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