Tag Archives: South African Education

Top Schools: The Most Innovative High Schools in South Africa (2017)


This is a list of the most innovative, child-centered, forward-looking high schools in the country. Continue reading

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Tailgunners, Falling Cats & Top Students: How to Overcome Survivorship Bias & Improve Schools


During World War 2 a study was conducted as to where best to reinforce aircraft in order to cut down on the amount of planes that were lost in incursions against the enemy. (The entire plane couldn’t be reinforced as … Continue reading

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Essential iPad Apps for Teachers (2014)


I’ve created a list of essential apps for educators on list.ly. Click on the link below to navigate to the list. Please feel free to return to this page to offer your suggestions in the comment box below. Happy shopping!

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Why Declining National Assessment Standards Hurts Kids


You would think that lowering the standards of final national exams in South Africa would be good news for kids. Easier exams mean more of them pass more easily. And top students can clean up. You would be wrong. Easier … Continue reading

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Defending Mediocrity: Examiners and their Apologists in South Africa


Excuse me while I rant a bit… In South Africa, there are two alternative examination authorities: those set under the auspices of the Government (the National Senior Certificate – NSC) and those set by an Independent Examinations Board (the IEB). … Continue reading

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What Teachers Want Students to Learn


A year or two ago, I asked my colleagues this question: ‘What three things do you most want students to learn in your class?’ Below are the summarized results. They make for some very interesting reading, and for me reveal … Continue reading

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Why Teacher Strikes Are Good for Students


In any democratic country, the rights of workers to engage in industrial action to ensure a fair wage and decent working conditions are protected by law. Whether it is ‘work to rule’ or outright strike action, many of the world’s … Continue reading

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50 Reasons Why I Love Where I Work


Very few people can say they love what they do. Even fewer of those can say they also love where they work. I am one of those very lucky people. Before I got to where I am, I was a … Continue reading

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The 10 Day Twitter Teachers’ Challenge for Novices


I have created the following challenge for those teachers who have heard about how wonderful Twitter is, but have been afraid to get their feet wet. After a few simple daily tasks, spread over 10 days, you will soon be … Continue reading

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40 Ideas for ‘Thinking Teaching’ Hour… Add Yours.


Like many schools these days, mine has a Thinking Teaching group. We get together as often as we can to discuss ideas around teaching and best practice. The group is very diverse and very vocal and very stimulating.     … Continue reading

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Why I Teach (Part 1)


I teach to see the lights go on behind young people’s eyes when they discover something new about the world.

I teach to awaken them to what they can really do if they try.

I teach to show them that there isn’t always an easy solution, and that appreciating ambiguity and uncertainty is often worth more than easy answers… Continue reading

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Reboot Diary: 15 Things I Took Away From #30GoalsEdu 2013


Wednesday 10 July 2013: Jazz and Strange Dinner Guests One of the many strange things about being a teacher is that your job and your life eventually become intertwined. You simply cannot leave work at work because there is always … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Arguing Makes Kids Smart – Or, Notes on the Prodigious Intelligence of Debaters


On a chilly Saturday afternoon in May this year, I was privileged to be an adjudicator at a top-ranked high school debate in Johannesburg. As the floor settled and the speakers jotted down a few final notes, I got my … Continue reading

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A Year With the Tribe: A Passionate Teacher Speaks About Teaching Boys


The following interview details the experiences of a South African teacher involved in an experimental programme in which boys and girls were split into separate classes in their English period. Melani van der Merwe’s experiences make for fascinating reading, and … Continue reading

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Ten Steps to Successfully Implementing any New Curriculum (And Doing Your Bit for the Education Revolution)


1.  Skip the cover page. 2. If relevant, bypass the politician’s introduction justifying the new syllabus. 3. Skim the Contents page / s. 4. READ THE NEXT BIT VERY, VERY CAREFULLY. Here you will find the core principles behind the … Continue reading

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50 Things I’m Tired of About South African Education


This list consists of just a few things that irk me about education in South Africa. It is intended as a think-piece. Some of the ideas might be a little close to home for some, and they will either bury … Continue reading

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Students to Teachers (Part 2): Education is Supposed to Produce Independent Thinkers, Not Answering Machines.


This is the second in the series of letters to teachers from students. This time, a young man in Grade 12 talks about how we are missing the point of education by obsessing about marks and assessments. He insists that his … Continue reading

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