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Teaching Strategies: For Quality Teaching And Learning is a practical guide to quality teaching and learning in South African schools. The book provides an introduction to the principles of effective teaching and learning, with special reference to how these principles can be applied within the framework of South Africa’s National Curriculum Statement Grades R–12.
It gives detailed guidelines for using nine broad teaching strategies that have proven to be effective across all phases of school. The final chapter introduces the principles of quality assessment, and links these to the National Protocol for Assessment Grades R–12.
This book is particularly useful for teacher education students, both as a text for their theoretical studies and as a reference during their practice teaching placements and later teaching careers.
Essential reading for matriculants, first year university and college students – and their parents!
Your First Year Of Varsity talks directly to Grade 12 learners and first year university and college students who arrive at their place of higher education filled with hopes, expectations, fears and dreams; yet with little understanding of what this new world means and how to adapt, grow – and graduate.
The book addresses all the rules, demands, behaviours, skills and cultural shifts that will turn an undergraduate into a viable part of higher education life. Foster and Mofokeng have written the book in plain English and it is accessible to anyone who can read a magazine or newspaper. An empathetic, no-nonsense and practical guide to understanding the cultural and academic divide between high school and college or university.
The Soweto Student Uprising of 1976 was a decisive moment in the struggle against apartheid. It marked the expansion of political activism to a new generation of young activists, but beyond that it inscribed the role that young people of subsequent generations could play in their country's future.
Since that momentous time, students have held a special place in the collective imaginary of South African history. Drawing on research and writing by leading scholars and prominent activists, Students Must Rise takes Soweto '76 as its pivot point, but looks at student and youth activism in South Africa more broadly by considering what happened before and beyond the Soweto moment. Early chapters assess the impact of the anti-pass campaigns of the 1950s, of political ideologies like Black Consciousness as well as of religion and culture in fostering political consciousness and organisation among youth and students in townships and rural areas. Later chapters explore the wide-reaching impact of June 16th itself for student organisation over the next two decades across the country. Two final chapters consider contemporary student-based political movements, including #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall, and historically root these in the long and rich tradition of student activism in South Africa.
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 June 16th uprisings. This book rethinks the conventional narrative of youth and student activism in South Africa by placing that most famous of moments - the 1976 students' uprising in Soweto - in a deeper historical and geographic context.
From the international bestselling author of The Element, Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. In this inspiring, empowering book, he sets out a new vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish.
Filled with practical examples and groundbreaking research, it will inspire the change our children urgently need.
To reflect the dramatic transformation education has undergone since 1994, this book provides a comprehensive and detailed picture of the structure of the education system. Various topics are discussed against the background of the historical development of education in the light of particular contexts and international trends. The book is recommended for policy makers, researchers and specialists in the field of comparative education.
Over 60 million children of primary-school age, mostly in Africa and Asia, are not in school. More then 250 million are in school but are not experiencing meaningful learning.
In South Africa, school is compulsory for children aged seven to 15, where they are expected to learn core skills – reading, writing and arithmetic – and improve their chances of future employment. But for some, schools are places of persistent failure, of humiliation, of boredom and lack of progress.
Finding Place and Keeping Pace: Exploring meaningful and equitable learning in South African schools is about getting access to and completing a full cycle of good-quality basic education. The contributors span a range of methodologies that include policy analysis, classroom observation and learner assessment, bringing together a rich set of studies that explore a pattern of exclusion from meaningful learning by South African schoolchildren. In particular, they look at schoolchildren who attend school regularly, but are not learning due to inadequate facilities, indifferent teachers and socio-economic factors. They are at risk of either dropping out or leaving school with limited resources.
Within the country, access to schooling remains uneven across and within provinces, and between different communities, with poverty, race and location being major factors. Physical access is just the first hurdle – once through the school gates it is expected that children will be provided with knowledge and values that will allow them to function in the economic and social life of the country. However, this is not the general case – children may be at school but without accessing education.
The authors identify several patterns of exclusion, including different forms of marginalisation, age-inappropriate enrolments, and the fact that school choice, voice and quality remain restricted. They also make policy recommendations, which include improving the quality of teachers and teaching, enhancing parental and community involvement, and clarifying the Language-in-Education policy.
To date, there has been no published textbook which takes into account changing sociolinguistic dynamics that have influenced South African society. Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication breaks new ground in this arena. The scope of this book ranges from macro-sociolinguistic questions pertaining to language policies and their implementation (or non-implementation) to micro-sociolinguistic observations of actual language-use in verbal interaction, mainly in multilingual contexts of Higher Education (HE). There is a gradual move for the study of language and culture to be taught in the context of (professional) disciplines in which they would be used, for example, Journalism and African languages, Education and African languages, etc. The book caters for this growing market. Because of its multilingual nature, it caters to English and Afrikaans language speakers, as well as the Sotho and Nguni language groups - the largest languages in South Africa [and also increasingly used in the context of South African Higher Education]. It brings together various inter-linked disciplines such as Sociolinguistics and Applied Language Studies, Media Studies and Journalism, History and Education, Social and Natural Sciences, Law, Human Language Technology, Music, Intercultural Communication and Literary Studies. The unique cross-cutting disciplinary features of the book will make it a must-have for twenty-first century South African students and scholars and those interested in applied language issues.
Thousands of great conversations are in these cards. Terrific for getting classroom discussions off to a running start, and a way to avoid a lull at your next party. Each deck contains 50 cards.
What is White Paper 6 about? How can I follow the curriculum when my learners have such different needs? Can I prepare lessons in such a way that all learners can work toward the same theme and topic, but at different levels? What about assessment and reporting? South Africa's legislative framework embraces the principles of inclusive education, but what does this mean for classroom teachers who need to accommodate the needs of a diverse range of students? And is true inclusivity practised in South African classrooms? Embracing diversity though multi-level teaching: For Foundation, Intermediate and Senior Phase is an empowering resource that demystifies inclusive education. It provides practical suggestions as to how all learners' needs can be accommodated in the classroom. Diversity is viewed as a powerful resource, and this hands-on text provides useful strategies and guidance for teachers, district officials, heads of departments and teacher trainers.
Everybody knows that South Africa has an education crisis, despite the fact that the government spends the biggest slice of its budget on education, more than any other African country. And yet the crisis persists.
Jonathan Jansen and Molly Blank looked at South African schools that work, in spite of adverse conditions – schools in poor communities, schools with overcrowded classrooms, schools in both rural and urban environments – and have drawn out the practical strategies that make them successful.
19 short films (included on DVD) let you visit these schools and understand in the words of their principals, teachers and learners what makes them succeed. Then take look at the 10 key strategies identified and see how to implement them in other schools to effect transformation. As we have come to expect from Jansen, there are no complicated theories, no difficult to implement solutions – just lots of common sense!
Quality assessment in South African schools is a comprehensive title which provides a balanced view of assessment in terms of the policy statement on assessment for South African schools. Assessment has been a buzzword in education for decades, creating many uncertainties in the teaching environment. One of the principal aims of school teachers is to guide children's learning, evaluate learning programmes and activities, and judge learners' level of achievement. Quality assessment in South African schools provides teachers with a comprehensive explanation of recommended learner assessment guidelines and principles that will help them design and implement sound, meaningful learner assessment strategies. In turn, these strategies will advance the goals of school curricula and the disciplinary objectives of educational institutions.
Bullying is frequently identified as an urgent challenge facing schools today. This title sets out to provide guidelines for school communities on how to: identify bullying in schools; take action to deal with bullying; develop a common approach to deal with bullying; develop positive relationships in the school; promote active learning strategies in the school. Beat bullying is based on the belief that every child and young person has the right to learn in a safe, supportive and respectful environment. The title is divided in two parts? one for teachers and parents, and the other for learners.
Telling the remarkable story of Harrop Fold School in Salford, from their unprecedented GBP2.5m debt to being featured in the BAFTA-award nominated Educating Manchester TV series. Drew Povey was one of the youngest Heads in the country when he was appointed aged 32 in 2010. Through sheer determination and strong, visionary leadership, Drew and his management team (including his two brothers) have wiped out the GBP600k a year deficit and are reducing the huge debt - while continuing to get standout results from pupils. Their book reveals the untold story of their struggles, and the unique leadership style that has seen a quite stunning turnaround in a school once labelled one of the worst in the country.
'It's the type of useful self-help text that promises practical and easy-to-read guidance to help you manoeuvre round the enquiries and problems that litter your school's otherwise smooth journey to an A* judgement from Ofsted inspectors!' - Ldr 'This is a handbook to have available as a first source to consult when an issue first arises. It combines legal advice, information, suggested activities and a series of tips from headteachers who have dealt with such issues before. New headteachers in particular would be well-advised to read the section on media interviews before they are rushed into statements they later regret. 'Looking after Yourself' is a section that leaders would be well-advised to skim through periodically as a reminder as it is the kind of advice that gets forgotten in the hurly-burly of school life' - Brian Fidler Professor of Education Management, University of Reading Distilled from years of NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers) experience of providing advice and guidance for its members in the UK, The Quick-Reference Handbook for School Leaders is a practical guide that provides an answer to the questions "Where do I start?" and "Where do I look for direction?" Written in an easy-to-read, bulleted format, the handbook is organised around key sections, each part includes brief overviews, checklists and suggestions for further reading. o Organisation and Management - the role of the Headteacher, negligence and liability, media relations, managing conflict and difficult people, effective meetings, inspection, resource management, records and information. o Teaching and Learning - curriculum, learning communities, special education, evaluation, staff development, unions, celebrating success. o Behaviour and Discipline - safe schools, code of conduct, exclusion, search and seizure, police protocols. o Health and Safety - child protection issues, occupational health & safety, risk assessments, emergency preparation, medical needs, health & safety resources. o Looking After Yourself - continuing professional development, and work-life balance. This handbook is an excellent resource for all current and aspiring senior school leaders.
Positive affirmations guide the brain to positive thinking. This gem of a workbook inspires educators at all grade levels and points in their careers to strive for excellence every day. Louise A. Chickie-Wolfe expands on core motivating affirmations to help readers establish goals, deepen self-understanding, maintain a positive perspective in their work, and reinforce their commitment to teaching as a profession. Formerly published as Cognitive Nourishment, Lucky to Be a Teacher is an ideal gift for teachers to honor the essential work they do and help build the necessary resilience to stay in the field. Features include: Thirty-three updated affirmations to encourage teachers in their pursuit of a positive classroom Guided reflection questions with room for response to accompany each affirmation Writing prompts to help teachers write their own affirmations Reignite the passion and drive that drew you to teaching as a career and reap the benefits of a positive outlook, an energized classroom, and joyful students!
Our K-12 school system is an artificial product of market forces. It isn't a good fit for all-or even most-students. It prioritizes a single way of understanding the world over all others, pushes children into a rigid set of grades with little regard for individual maturity, and slaps "disability" labels over differences in learning style. Caught in this system, far too many young learners end up discouraged, disconnected, and unhappy. And when they struggle, school pressures parents, with overwhelming force, into "fixing" their children rather than questioning the system. With boldness, experience, and humor, Susan Wise Bauer turns conventional wisdom on its head: When a serious problem arises at school, the fault is more likely to lie with the school, or the educational system itself, than with the child. In five illuminating sections, Bauer teaches parents how to flex the K-12 system, rather than the child. She closely analyzes the traditional school structure, gives trenchant criticisms of its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments, and even from giftedness (not as much of a "gift" as you might think!). As the author of the classic book on home-schooling, The Well-Trained Mind, Bauer knows how children learn and how schools work. Her advice here is comprehensive and anecdotal, including material drawn from experience with her own four children and more than twenty years of educational consulting and university teaching. Rethinking School is a guide to one aspect of sane, humane parenting: negotiating the twelve-grade school system in a way that nurtures and protects your child's mind, emotions, and spirit.
The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is one of the most insidious social injustices in the developed world. It is a significant factor in the growing inequality of our societies and persists across time and nations. For this reason, narrowing the gap is a top priority for governments and policymakers, and an issue that all schools must tackle. Written by a leading expert in the field of inclusion, Narrowing the Attainment Gap is designed to support school leaders in understanding and reducing the attainment gap in the context of their setting. Drawing on research and his own extensive experience in leading a team that has worked with over 1,000 schools, Daniel Sobel examines the real issues behind the attainment gap and the barriers schools face when trying to narrow it. The book provides a unique approach with hands-on, practical guidance to enable every school leader to develop their own bespoke solutions to meet the needs of their community. Case studies and examples illustrate how these interventions can be put into practice and the impact they can have, while template resources help schools demonstrate to stakeholders the change they are driving at an individual, cohort and whole-school level.
How lessons from kindergarten can help everyone develop the creative thinking skills needed to thrive in today's society.In kindergartens these days, children spend more time with math worksheets and phonics flashcards than building blocks and finger paint. Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. In Lifelong Kindergarten, learning expert Mitchel Resnick argues for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten. To thrive in today's fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively -- and the best way to do that is by focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting, just as children do in traditional kindergartens.Drawing on experiences from more than thirty years at MIT's Media Lab, Resnick discusses new technologies and strategies for engaging young people in creative learning experiences. He tells stories of how children are programming their own games, stories, and inventions (for example, a diary security system, created by a twelve-year-old girl), and collaborating through remixing, crowdsourcing, and large-scale group projects (such as a Halloween-themed game called Night at Dreary Castle, produced by more than twenty kids scattered around the world). By providing young people with opportunities to work on projects, based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit, we can help them prepare for a world where creative thinking is more important than ever before.
'A fresh approach, with strategies for using standards to improve the diverse learning environment for all students. Coaches will gain deeper understandings of their own assumptions as they guide others in interpreting personal unquestioned assumptions' - Richard A. Gregory, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, California State University, Northridge Multicultural classrooms require a multifaceted approach to creating inclusive, learning-rich environments that empower all students. To meet this growing need, Culturally Proficient Coaching provides educators with a simple, yet comprehensive, new framework: a powerful fusion of the field-tested and respected Cognitive Coaching and Cultural Proficiency models. Through a unique approach, the bestselling authors add a new dimension to the concept of Cultural Proficiency, which is based on valuing, respecting, and honoring diverse backgrounds and ethnicities while looking deeply at one's own beliefs. This straightforward guide the Five Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency with the five States of Mind of Cognitive Coaching to arm educators with the tools necessary to close the achievement gap. It offers a practical strategy for being mindfully attuned to - and leveraging - cultural diversity to optimize student learning. To boost educators' cultural confidence and consciousness, while honing their coaching skills, this interactive resource features: * Action-planning worksheets * Reflective questions * Coaching maps and conversation vignettes * Real-life examples through a composite case story Teachers, coaches, counsellors, staff developers, and administrators will gain inspiration and indispensable insights to break down cultural barriers through enlightened coaching.
The jury is still out on how best to prepare high-quality teachers and leaders. How can the perceived "theory-practice divide" be addressed in teacher education? How can teacher educators and leaders tap into learning-from-practice approaches? One great way is to build authentic classroom and teaching experience into the student-teacher discourse. Leadership matters: School leadership and management cases is a set of practical cases for teacher-education students. Case-based and problem-based learning is at the core of this book with the content centering around leadership theories "in context". Students are exposed to "authentic problem contexts" that stimulate learner interest, motivate effort, challenge assumptions and situate learning in the classroom. The book is aimed at pre-service and in-service students. In addition, it is a practical resource for practitioners who would like to improve their practice. All the cases selected for this book are authentic, multi-layered, stimulating and relevant to the South African classroom setting with all its complex and specific challenges. The aim has been to focus on cases that are open-ended, allowing for a variety of interpretations and solutions. Every case is accompanied by questions that may initiate discussion.
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