Leadership in Education

The topic of leadership has come up a lot lately in my life in more ways than one. It is such a big and broad topic that takes on multiple shapes and forms. One thing to note that I think is important, it is not only those that are given a title that are called... Continue Reading →

#BeATeacher

Fact: An eduaction system cannot outperform the quality of its teachers [paraphrased Andreas Schleicher]. Another fact: Studies show that over the next decade (a little less than) South Africa will lose approximately 45% of its teachers in the public sector due to retirement. Last fact (a little bit of an opinion): There is a call... Continue Reading →

Life Is A Team Sport

In any team sport you need a team captain, in your life it is YOU. Your coach will be you higher power or whatever guiding principles you live by. You teammates are the people you count on to get goals/baskets/touchdowns. Some people will be your starting players while others will be on the bench as... Continue Reading →

Youthful Teachers

In the month of June we celebrate what is known as Youth Day on 16 June in South Africa. It got me thinking about my profession, and my youth in relation to it. Youth Day commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 16 June 1976. In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from... Continue Reading →

The Teacher Voice Matters Part 2

It really bothers me when governments, higher powers and/or senior management teams make decisions for teachers about what they can and cannot do without involving current teachers in the discussion. We see this happening time and time again where they expect teachers to jump and bend over backwards with every new policy, every new regulation,... Continue Reading →

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