Reflection: Lessons in Change – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the article on Lessons in Change. You can read Part 1 here. What are teachers’ experiences of teaching? South African teachers deal with a lot on a daily basis. As many of our Sandbox teachers have said, they are not only expected to teach, but to be parents, psychologists, and … Continue reading Reflection: Lessons in Change – Part 2

Reflection: Lessons in Change – Part 1

Human beings are complicated, and change is complicated. As the Sandbox Project progresses, we are starting to experience this complexity in all its glory at our 11 pilot schools. There have been small wins, setbacks, mistakes, and pleasant surprises along the way – all serving to reinforce both the importance and the difficulty of social … Continue reading Reflection: Lessons in Change – Part 1

How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 2

This is the second part of a series of articles looking at the initial research report guiding the Sandbox Project. Click here to read Part 1. All around the world, people are realising the urgent need for change in education. Countries in both the global north and the global south are acknowledging the shortcomings of … Continue reading How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 2

How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 1

There are literally hundreds of curriculum frameworks around the world, many of them aiming to prepare learners for the future world or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. This blog post explains the process we went through to select a framework for the 21st Century Sandbox Schools Project, and highlights some of the lessons to be learned … Continue reading How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 1

Six Bricks: Opening up a world of playful learning opportunities

How much can you really do with just six bricks? LEGO Six Bricks This is the question many parents, teachers, principals, and researchers have when they first encounter the “Six Bricks” tool and concept. After all, parents and teachers have been using LEGO for decades and, while its educational benefits have long been praised, many … Continue reading Six Bricks: Opening up a world of playful learning opportunities

Celebrating Innovation and Agency in Schools: Part 2 – “My school is going to get there!”

This is the second part of an article about the Dialogue on Innovative School Networks: Teachers as Designers of Innovative Learning Environments. You can read Part 1 here. Conversations at the NECT EdHub’s Dialogue on 3 May 2019 were solution-orientated and celebrated the role of educators as agents of innovation. As Daphne Thoka (Waterberg District … Continue reading Celebrating Innovation and Agency in Schools: Part 2 – “My school is going to get there!”