Infusing Competencies into Foundation Phase Literacy Education: Insights from the Competency-based Learning Programme

This is part 2 of a two-part series exploring initial insights from the first year of implementing and researching the Competency-based Learning Programme (CLP) intervention at the Sandbox Schools. You can read part 1 here. The CLP was implemented in Grade 1 Home Language at the 11 Sandbox Schools: 10 in the Waterberg District of … Continue reading Infusing Competencies into Foundation Phase Literacy Education: Insights from the Competency-based Learning Programme

Infusing Competencies into Foundation Phase Literacy Education: Introducing the Competency-based Learning Programme

This is part 1 of a two-part series exploring initial insights from the first year of implementing and researching the Competency-based Learning Programme (CLP) intervention at the Sandbox Schools. In the context of what some have termed a “reading crisis” in South African basic education (Spaull and Pretorius, 2019, p.8), the Sandbox Schools project seeks … Continue reading Infusing Competencies into Foundation Phase Literacy Education: Introducing the Competency-based Learning Programme

Experiencing Mindfulness: What are the effects and why should we persist?

This is part 2 of a series exploring mindful practice and the implementation of the Mindful Schools mini-intervention at the Sandbox Schools. The articles are written by Mulalo Rasalanavho and Vanessa Scherman. You can read part 1 here. Understanding mindfulness Mindfulness is a big word that has many interpretations, depending on who you ask.  Even … Continue reading Experiencing Mindfulness: What are the effects and why should we persist?

Mindful Living: What is it, and is there space for it in our schools?

This is part 1 of a series exploring mindful practice and the implementation of the Mindful Schools mini-intervention at the Sandbox Schools. The articles are written by Mulalo Rasalanavho and Vanessa Scherman. What would it be like if I could accept life – accept this moment – exactly as it is? Tara Brach  What a … Continue reading Mindful Living: What is it, and is there space for it in our schools?

Leading a Culture of Learning Series: Researching with “Learning Leaders”

This is Part 6 of a series of blog posts on School Culture, written by a team of researchers and principals at the Sandbox Schools. The posts reflect on insights emerging from a set of visual participatory research workshops held as part of the School Culture intervention in the Sandbox project. You can read Part … Continue reading Leading a Culture of Learning Series: Researching with “Learning Leaders”

Leading a Culture of Learning Series: Leading through Partnerships

This is Part 5 of a series of blog posts on School Culture, written by Prof Kathija Yassim (UJ) in collaboration with principals from the Sandbox Schools. The posts will reflect on insights emerging from a set of visual participatory research workshops held as part of the School Culture intervention in the Sandbox project. You … Continue reading Leading a Culture of Learning Series: Leading through Partnerships

Leading a Culture of Learning Series: “Little Principals”

This is Part 4 of a series of blog posts on School Culture, written by Prof Kathija Yassim (UJ) in collaboration with principals from the Sandbox Schools. The posts will reflect on insights emerging from a set of visual participatory research workshops held as part of the School Culture intervention in the Sandbox Schools Project. … Continue reading Leading a Culture of Learning Series: “Little Principals”

Leading a Culture of Learning Series: Principal as “Culture-builder”

This is Part 3 of a series of blog posts on School Culture, written by Prof Kathija Yassim (UJ) in collaboration with principals from the Sandbox Schools. The posts will reflect on insights emerging from a set of visual participatory research workshops held as part of the School Culture intervention in the Sandbox project. You can … Continue reading Leading a Culture of Learning Series: Principal as “Culture-builder”

Leading a Culture of Learning Series: A New Leader’s Experience

This is Part 2 of a series of blog posts on School Culture, written by Prof Kathija Yassim (UJ) in collaboration with principals from the Sandbox Schools. The posts will reflect on insights emerging from a set of visual participatory research workshops held as part of the School Culture intervention in the Sandbox project. You … Continue reading Leading a Culture of Learning Series: A New Leader’s Experience

Leading a Culture of Learning Series: (Re)Defining a Culture of Learning for a Constantly Changing World

This is Part 1 of a series of blog posts on School Culture, to be written by Prof Kathija Yassim (UJ) in collaboration with principals from the Sandbox Schools. The posts will reflect on insights emerging from a set of visual participatory research workshops held as part of the School Culture intervention in the Sandbox … Continue reading Leading a Culture of Learning Series: (Re)Defining a Culture of Learning for a Constantly Changing World