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A School Where I Belong - Creating Transformed And Inclusive South African Schools (Paperback): Dylan Wray, Roy Hellenberg,... A School Where I Belong - Creating Transformed And Inclusive South African Schools (Paperback)
Dylan Wray, Roy Hellenberg, Jonathan Jansen
R300 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R62 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Over the past few years, it has become clear that the path of transformation in schools since 1994 has not led South Africa’s education system to where we had hoped it could be. Through tweets, posts and recent protests in schools, it has become apparent that in former Model-C and private schools, children of colour and those who are ‘different’ don’t feel they belong.

Following the astonishing success of How To Fix South Africa’s Schools, the authors sat down with young people who attended former Model-C and private schools, as well as principals and teachers, to reflect on transformation and belonging in South African schools. These filmed reflections, included on DVD in this book, are honest and insightful.

Drawing on the authors’ experiences in supporting schools over the last twenty years, and the insight of those interviewed, A School Where I Belong outlines six areas where true transformation in South African classrooms and schools can begin.

Finding Place And Keeping Pace - Exploring Meaningful And Equitable Learning In South African Schools (Paperback): Shireen... Finding Place And Keeping Pace - Exploring Meaningful And Equitable Learning In South African Schools (Paperback)
Shireen Motala, Veerle Dieltiens, Roelien du Toit
R280 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R58 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

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.

Go See the Principal - True Tales from the School Trenches (Paperback): Gerry Brooks Go See the Principal - True Tales from the School Trenches (Paperback)
Gerry Brooks
R288 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R71 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Gerry Brooks is an elementary school principal turned YouTube celebrity, and the creator of YouTube videos such as "First Week of School Stress" (over 1.6 million views and counting). He tells jokes with the kind of mocking--yet folksy and good-natured--humor that gets a laugh from teachers and administrators (yet can be safely shared in school). Served up with a dash of humor and a healthy dose of wisdom, Go See the Principal expands on the author's viral video fame and offers comic relief and inspiration to educators. Ranging from practical topics like social media use in the classroom to parent-teacher conferences to more humorous sections such as "Ways to Spot a Teacher in Public" and "Gift Ideas for Your Teacher's Birthday," Go See the Principal is both the comic relief and practical advice all educators need. Brooks also shares suggestions, ideas, and declarations commonly heard in and around the classroom--as well as illustrations, both from students and inspired by them.

The learning school - A psycho-social approach to school development (Paperback, 3rd ed): S. Davidoff, S. Lazarus, N. Moola The learning school - A psycho-social approach to school development (Paperback, 3rd ed)
S. Davidoff, S. Lazarus, N. Moola
R370 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R49 (13%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Developing effective schools which provide relevant, meaning-filled, quality education in South Africa today is a daunting task. Since apartheid was dismantled, the educational environment of many schools is still rife with the structural inequalities and challenges that form part of apartheid's legacy. And in the current South African educational system, enabling policy frameworks only go so far in creating a meaningful school environment. This updated edition of The Learning School offers educators insights, guidelines and a holistic perspective on how to engage with the development of a school, using a psycho-social approach. It emphasises the importance of teachers having a sense of purpose and belonging in education; that teaching and learning can make a difference; and the crucial role teaching and learning can play as a healing force in society. It stresses that real and lasting change in schools can only happen through the passion and commitment of educators over a sustained period of time.

The Wellbeing Toolkit - Sustaining, supporting and enabling school staff (Paperback): Andrew Cowley The Wellbeing Toolkit - Sustaining, supporting and enabling school staff (Paperback)
Andrew Cowley 1
R457 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R113 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Wellbeing Toolkit is an invaluable resource for promoting wellbeing among all school staff, thereby improving staff attendance and retention, and helping all teachers fall back in love with teaching. In this thought-provoking book, Andrew Cowley, co-founder of Healthy Toolkit (@HealthyToolkit), draws on his own experiences as a school leader to unpick the myths around wellbeing and set out a practical, authentic and values-driven model that will enable leaders to foster a positive atmosphere for the benefit of the whole-school community. With a focus on developing a culture of positivity, effectively enabling all staff members to take ownership of the wellbeing strategy and supporting and promoting healthy lifestyles, this practical guide also considers scenarios arising from potentially more stressful incidents such as a bereavement. Staff wellbeing needs to be a strategic consideration for all primary and secondary school leaders, not something delivered on an ad hoc basis. Emphasis must be placed on really knowing staff, what motivates them and what may affect their confidence. The Wellbeing Toolkit offers effective strategies for addressing staff wellbeing from a whole-school perspective with particular reference to reducing workload, managing stress and supporting teachers in challenging circumstances.

Reading Begins at Home (Paperback): Marie M. Clay Reading Begins at Home (Paperback)
Marie M. Clay
R471 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R157 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The perfect guide for parents teaching young children how to read, this directs parents to research-based ideas for at-home instruction in beginning reading concepts and supports parents in implementing key reading strategies with their children.

Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me (Hardcover): Kate Clanchy Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me (Hardcover)
Kate Clanchy 1
R396 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R97 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'The best book on teachers and children and writing that I've ever read. No-one has said better so much of what so badly needs saying.' Philip Pullman Kate Clanchy wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. She invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her thirty-year career. Join her as she explains everything about sex to a classroom of thirteen-year-olds. As she works in the school `Inclusion Unit', trying to improve the fortunes of kids excluded from regular lessons because of their terrifying power to end learning in an instant. Or as she nurtures her multicultural poetry group, full of migrants and refugees, watches them find their voice and produce work of heartbreaking brilliance. While Clanchy doesn't deny stinging humiliations or hide painful accidents, she celebrates this most creative, passionate and practically useful of jobs. Teaching today is all too often demeaned, diminished and drastically under-resourced. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me will show you why it shouldn't be.

Literacy Lesson Plan Sheets (Loose-leaf): Marie M. Clay Literacy Lesson Plan Sheets (Loose-leaf)
Marie M. Clay
R334 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R99 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Available in pads of 200 on double-sided sheets, these literacy lesson plan sheets help practitioners to structure learning and ensure development in reading.

What Matters Most - A Collection of Pieces (Paperback): Chris Woodhead What Matters Most - A Collection of Pieces (Paperback)
Chris Woodhead 1
R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Chris Woodhead stimulated controversy and roused passions. He is best known as the Chief Inspector of Schools who demanded higher standards across the board. Admired and condemned in equal measure, he was forthright in his views and they became part of the national education debate. But he was a courageous man who confronted taboos wherever they lay; his final challenge was with Motor Neurone Disease and death, which he confronted with an empathy and eloquence that struck a chord with many people. His education journalism is the core of this book but it also reflects his passions for literature and climbing, all written with the precision and clarity that became his hallmark. What Matters Most concludes with his fearless thoughts on assisted dying and with a challenge for people to be allowed to die with dignity at a time of their own choosing.

Concepts About Print: What have children learned about the way we print language? (Paperback): Marie M. Clay Concepts About Print: What have children learned about the way we print language? (Paperback)
Marie M. Clay
R292 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R94 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This valuable guidebook is for deducing a child's concepts about print and for understanding the theory behind the method. Coming with accompanying task sheets, it provides all the information teachers need on administering the test materials in Follow Me, Moon and No Shoes as well as Sand and Stones.

What Changes in Writing Can I See (Paperback): Marie M. Clay What Changes in Writing Can I See (Paperback)
Marie M. Clay
R382 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R123 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

One in three of the Early Literacy Series written for parents, caregivers, early childhood teachers and teachers of children in their first years at school. It presents research-based ideas for at-home instruction in beginning reading concepts, encourages effective one-to-one learning situations and supports in implementing key strategies to develop reading skills.

Natural Born Learners - Our Incredible Capacity to Learn and How We Can Harness It (Paperback): Alex Beard Natural Born Learners - Our Incredible Capacity to Learn and How We Can Harness It (Paperback)
Alex Beard 1
R215 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R39 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Learning is the soul of our species. From our first steps to our last words, we are what we learn. But for all its obvious importance, learning has lost touch with human progress. We live in an information age, work in a knowledge economy, yet our schools are relics of an industrial era. Education insider Alex Beard takes us on a dazzling tour of the future of learning to show how we can - and why we must - do better. Tackling everything from artificial intelligence to our growing understanding of the infant brain, Natural Born Learners is a user's guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century and roadmap to accessing our better future selves.

The Good Schools Guide (Hardcover, 22nd Revised edition): Ralph Lucas The Good Schools Guide (Hardcover, 22nd Revised edition)
Ralph Lucas
R1,287 Discovery Miles 12 870 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Partnerships in Action - University-School-Community (Paperback): Patti Silbert, Roshan Galvaan, Jonathan Clark Partnerships in Action - University-School-Community (Paperback)
Patti Silbert, Roshan Galvaan, Jonathan Clark
R295 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R61 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Partnerships in Action explores, at multiple levels, a university-school-community partnership in action. The chapters provide rich and dynamic accounts of the activities that make up this partnership, within a context of extreme social inequality. The contributors share an enduring commitment to whole-school improvement. They describe how, through interdisciplinary collaboration, they negotiate the multiple political, social and structural complexities which arise in the coming together of the partners. The book's uniqueness lies in its combination of practical implementation and sound theoretical scholarship from a range of disciplines. Not only does the partnership strengthen the university's commitment to community-engagement, but it offers new insights to all students, stakeholders, academic staff, and social researchers - in universities, education departments and NGOs - with an interest in improving schooling, and building social justice.

Running Records for Classroom Teachers (Paperback): Marie M. Clay Running Records for Classroom Teachers (Paperback)
Marie M. Clay
R296 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R94 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is a vital exploration of running records - the reliable way to assess text reading - explaining why to use them, how they relate to teaching, and how to administer them.This guide helps teachers record what progress children are making, compare and group children and check how well texts are matched to each child's need for challenge.

Reframing Bullying Prevention to Build Stronger School Communities (Paperback): James E. Dillon Reframing Bullying Prevention to Build Stronger School Communities (Paperback)
James E. Dillon
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Tackle underlying issues to get to the root of bullying By reframing bullying prevention, you can make significant progress in addressing the underlying issues causing bullying and aggression in your school. In this resource, James Dillon digs into the work that busy educators often have little time for: translating rich and insightful research on the dynamics of change into practical terms. He probes deeply into the issues and why they persist in our schools to promote meaningful conversation among school staff and parents. Inside you'll find Vignettes, analogies, and real-life examples along with tools that illustrate the benefits of using alternative methods to prevent bullying Discussion on transforming the role of discipline to reframe bullying among teachers, administrators, and students Key ideas and concepts summarized in easy-to-understand bullet points and charts Guidance on how to establish a school climate that promotes empathy and compassion instead of fear Reframing bullying prevention will allow competent and caring educators, students, and parents to not just stop bullying, but to improve the learning environment for all students.

Bach's Famous Choir - The Saint Thomas School in Leipzig, 1212-1804 (Hardcover): Michael Maul, Richard Howe Bach's Famous Choir - The Saint Thomas School in Leipzig, 1212-1804 (Hardcover)
Michael Maul, Richard Howe
R1,276 Discovery Miles 12 760 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the cantors of the St. Thomas School and Church in Leipzig could be counted among the most significant German composers of their times. But what attracted these artists - from Seth Calvisius to J.S. Bach to Johann Adam Hiller - to the music school and choir and inspired them to explore new repertoire of the highest standing? And how did the cantors influence the musical profile of the school - a profile that often became a bone of contention between school and city hall? The success of the St. Thomas School was not a foregone conclusion; its history is replete with challenges and setbacks as well as triumphs. The school was caught between the conflicting interests of enthusiastic mayors and townspeople, who wanted to showcase the city's musical culture, and opposing parties, including jealous rectors and elitist sponsors, who argued for the traditional subordination of the cantorate to the school system. Drawing on many new, recently discovered sources, Michael Maul explores the phenomenon of the St Thomas School. He shows how cantors, local luminaries and municipal politicians overcame the School's detractors to make it a remarkable success, with a world-famous choir. Illuminating the social and political history of the cantorate and the musical life of an important German city, the book will be of interest to scholars of Baroque music and J.S. Bach, cultural historians, choral directors, and musicologists and performers studying historical performance practice. MICHAEL MAUL is Senior Scholar at the Bach-Archiv Leipzig and lecturer in musicology at the universities of Leipzig/Halle. He is also the artistic director of the annual Leipzig Bach Festival.

Change Over Time in Children's Literacy Development (Paperback): Marie M. Clay Change Over Time in Children's Literacy Development (Paperback)
Marie M. Clay
R1,015 R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Save R364 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Written for specialists, leading teachers, graduates and academics, this in-depth study discusses the theories, questions and developments in early literacy intervention that have made Marie Clay a leader in this area.This thoughtful and challenging book allows people working in early intervention to draw on the success of others from around the world.

Our World Phonics 1-3 with ABC: Teacher's Guide with Audio CDs (Spiral bound, Teacher's edition): Our World Phonics 1-3 with ABC: Teacher's Guide with Audio CDs (Spiral bound, Teacher's edition)
R677 Discovery Miles 6 770 Shipped within 8 - 13 working days
Parent Power - The complete guide to getting the best education for your child (Paperback): Francis Gilbert Parent Power - The complete guide to getting the best education for your child (Paperback)
Francis Gilbert
R282 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R47 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Francis Gilbert's new book tells parents the unvarnished truth about our education system, as only a teacher can. He explains that many schools are actually selective when they pretend not to be, and shows you how to get your child into the best school. He also highlights the bullying and backstabbing that can blight the lives of pupils and their parents, and shows how you can help your children to deal with it.As well as containing the compelling personal stories of many parents, the book also offers hard-earned advice on issues such as: * How to get your child into the right school * How to get the most out of your child's teachers * How to improve your child's performance * How to work the education system for the benefit of your child

21st Century School Leader - Leading Schools in Today's World (Paperback): Denver Fowler 21st Century School Leader - Leading Schools in Today's World (Paperback)
Denver Fowler
R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Sand (Staple bound): Marie M. Clay Sand (Staple bound)
Marie M. Clay
R200 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R65 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Part of the highly successful early intervention programme Reading Recovery for children experiencing reading and writing difficulties, this colourful reader has an extensive range of test materials to support the Concepts About Print task and develop children's reading readiness. The aim is at the end of the sessions, most of the struggling pupils will have caught up with their classmates and will read and write at a level appropriate for their age.

How Very Young Children Explore Writing (Paperback): Marie M. Clay How Very Young Children Explore Writing (Paperback)
Marie M. Clay
R383 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R123 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

One in three of the Early Literacy Series written for parents, caregivers, early childhood teachers and teachers of children in their first years at school. It presents research-based ideas for at-home instruction in beginning reading concepts, encourages effective one-to-one learning situations and supports in implementing key strategies to develop reading skills.

Blended - Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (Paperback): Michael B. Horn, Heather Staker Blended - Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (Paperback)
Michael B. Horn, Heather Staker; Foreword by Clayton M. Christensen
R488 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R144 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Navigate the transition to blended learning with this practical field guide Blended is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K-12 classrooms. A follow-up to the bestseller Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson, this hands-on guide expands upon the blended learning ideas presented in that book to provide practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time. Readers will find a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered system, along with essential advice that provides the expertise necessary to build the next generation of K-12 learning environments. Leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will gain valuable insight into the process of using online learning to the greatest benefit of students, while avoiding missteps and potential pitfalls. If online learning has not already rocked your local school, it will soon. Blended learning is one of the hottest trends in education right now, and educators are clamoring for "how-to" guidance. Blended answers the call by providing detailed information about the strategy, design, and implementation of a successful blended learning program. * Discover a useful framework for implementing blended learning * Unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks of online learning * Find answers to the most commonly asked questions surrounding blended learning * Create a more student-centered system that functions as a positive force across grade levels Educators who loved the ideas presented in Disrupting Class now have a field guide to making it work in a real-world school, with expert advice for making the transition smoother for students, parents, and teachers alike. For educational leaders seeking more student-centered schools, Blended provides the definitive roadmap.

Creating Cultures of Thinking - The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools (Paperback): Ron Ritchhart Creating Cultures of Thinking - The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools (Paperback)
Ron Ritchhart
R540 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R160 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Discover why and how schools must become places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted As educators, parents, and citizens, we must settle for nothing less than environments that bring out the best in people, take learning to the next level, allow for great discoveries, and propel both the individual and the group forward into a lifetime of learning. This is something all teachers want and all students deserve. In Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, Ron Ritchhart, author of Making Thinking Visible, explains how creating a culture of thinking is more important to learning than any particular curriculum and he outlines how any school or teacher can accomplish this by leveraging 8 cultural forces: expectations, language, time, modeling, opportunities, routines, interactions, and environment. With the techniques and rich classroom vignettes throughout this book, Ritchhart shows that creating a culture of thinking is not about just adhering to a particular set of practices or a general expectation that people should be involved in thinking. A culture of thinking produces the feelings, energy, and even joy that can propel learning forward and motivate us to do what at times can be hard and challenging mental work.

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