Topic 18: Protect the 170 days of Teaching and Learning in your school (180 days for grade 3, and 190 days for grade R-2 learners in Foundation Phase)

Topic 18: Protect the 170 days of Teaching and Learning in your school (180 days for grade 3, and 190 days for grade R-2 learners in Foundation Phase)

If you had to take your child to a secondary school to start with grade 8, and ask the principals the following question: How many days would my son/daughter be taught (including facilitation of learning, and formative assessment, but exclude the examination days and any other formal ‘non-teaching’ days) for the year? Most, if not all principals will struggle to […]

What does it mean to turnaround schools ?

What does it mean to turnaround schools ?

School Turnaround is not ‘improving schools’, but rather to make them ‘learning institutions’, where all learners are honoured to be successful, at the level they need to perform in order to realise their ‘dreams’ beyond schooling. It means that we move beyond doing more of what we are currently doing ….better.  It means that we do things DIFFERENTLY so that […]

Topic 1: All learners can and should be successful in our schools

Topic 1: All learners can and should be successful in our schools

The first school turnaround principle forms the foundation of our methodology, which is that all learners can and should be successful. This is despite all the justification we have built up over years of apartheid indoctrination and education, why certain learners can’t be success. This principle is part of our core belief, and the research is backing up our belief, […]

Topic 2: Teaching towards the Learner’s Dreams

Topic 2: Teaching towards the Learner’s Dreams

Every activity in life starts with a purpose/intention, and some of these have short turnaround time, while others are more long term. The activity of schooling, and more appropriately called education, has two types of purposes, namely (i) a more general intention where the country/government wants to ensure that their citizens are prepared (made ready) for the roles and responsibilities […]

Topic 6: Learners constructing their Commitment to achieve AYP in each subject

Topic 6: Learners constructing their Commitment to achieve AYP in each subject

The third step in the process, after identifying a dream, and the target that is realistic and linked to the exit dream after school, is the ‘learner commitment’ he/she needs to construct in order to make the AYP of 5% a reality. Too many times do schools identify targets without the learners taking up ownership and commitment in achieving the […]

Topic 7: All Adults Care about the Learners in the same way as they Care about their Own or Grand Children

Topic 7: All Adults Care about the Learners in the same way as they Care about their Own or Grand Children

The purpose of education (schooling) is to prepare young people for their responsibilities and roles when they become adults. This is a cyclical process, which means that if the ‘adults of today’ care about the young people; these young people, who will become the adults of tomorrow, will also ‘care about young people’ when they are adults. However, numerous learners […]

Topic 8: Teachers consistently supporting learners to achieve their targets

Topic 8: Teachers consistently supporting learners to achieve their targets

Most schools set ‘teaching’ as a target (curriculum completion or curriculum coverage), rather than focusing learning and assessment of that learning as the target in the school. Since (i) ‘learning/assessment’ is the output, (ii) ‘teaching/ instruction’ is the input and (iii) ‘facilitation of learning’ is the process of attaining the educational outcomes, schools have to set targets related to the […]