EduThink

From Solid Gold Studios, this is EduThink - the podcast that explores Education in South Africa. If you're a parent, a pupil, a teacher, a principal, or simply interested in education, then this is the show for you. Hosted by Gavin Kennedy.

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Most recent 3 blog posts... link to our full blog

 

<p>The recent <b>“Progress in International Reading Literacy Survey” (PIRLS)</b> data ranked South Africa in last place (not for the first time either) (<a href="https://timssandpirls.bc.edu/">link to data from this and previous surveys</a>)</p><p>Our episode on the dismal state of South Africa literacy is out now, and, as usual, my guests are offering practical advice for Principals, Teachers and Parents alike.</p><p>My guests are <b><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/joan-griebenow-8a100230/">Joan Griebenow</a></b> (left) and <b><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/aurora-schoch-2b50a561/">Aurora Schoch</a>, </b>both self-confessed “reading nuts” with many years of experience.</p><p><br/></p><blockquote><p><b>Take the PIRLS test yourself :</b> You can try the test the children were administered yourself by <a href="https://goo.gl/TZBEMR">clicking here</a><a href="http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/pirls2016/international-results/epirls/take-the-epirls-assessment/">.</a>.. let us know how you fare!</p></blockquote><p><br/></p><p>We appreciate discussion and your input so please <a href="http://eduthink.tumblr.com/"><b>visit our blog</b></a> and add your feedback to further the conversation.<br/></p><p>Thank you to <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.acousticalien.co.za%3Futm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=NmNhMzQwMjY4YjI4MjllYTkwOWVmMGIzYjhkYjg2YjVmZDU2ODFiMCwwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"><b>Willem Nel from Acoustic Alien Audio</b></a> for sound styling and original music and to <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fsolidgoldstudios.co.za%3Futm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=NzAxYTc1ZTRmMTQ0NmJiNGM2MTA1MmE2YTBiYjc5YTRiZWYyNWIwMywwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"><b>Solid Gold Studios</b></a> for recording and producing this episode.</p><p><b>Paper vs iPad<br/></b><a href="https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-18/your-paper-brain-and-your-kindle-brain-arent-same-thing">https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-18/your-paper-brain-and-your-kindle-brain-arent-same-thing</a></p><p><b>Sunday Times Q&A</b><br/>with Gauteng education MEC Pantaza Lesufi (2017 12 10)<br/><a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Deny5q9dU5R3dXgaNz1dGm4-m40qFx6X">https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Deny5q9dU5R3dXgaNz1dGm4-m40qFx6X</a><br/></p><p><b>Music</b><br/>Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No 1<br/><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyM2AnA96yE">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyM2AnA96yE</a></p><p>Tom Odell: Another Love<br/><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwpMEbgC7DA">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwpMEbgC7DA</a></p><p><br/></p><p>You can mail me at <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=mailto%3Agavin%40solidgoldstudios.co.za%3Fsubject%3DSubject%2520Choices%2520Podcast%26utm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=MGU3ZTJhOGIyZWJkYmVjYTA5ZGVhOWU1Y2UzYzY5ZTY2YTc3YTM0MSxFYVJES2N0Ug%3D%3D&b=t%3ADODHTZS1zgCdPu5mk_hMDw&p=https%3A%2F%2Feduthink.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731773783%2Fl-r-gavin-kennedy-host-john-skelton&m=1">Gavin@SolidGoldStudios.co.za</a> with suggestions for future episodes.</p><p>Until next time - keep learning!<br/>Yours<br/><b>Gavin Kennedy</b></p>

The recent “Progress in International Reading Literacy Survey” (PIRLS) data ranked South Africa in last place (not for the first time either) (link to data from this and previous surveys)

Our episode on the dismal state of South Africa literacy is out now, and, as usual, my guests are offering practical advice for Principals, Teachers and Parents alike.

My guests are Joan Griebenow (left) and Aurora Schochboth self-confessed “reading nuts” with many years of experience.


Take the PIRLS test yourself : You can try the test the children were administered yourself by clicking here... let us know how you fare!


We appreciate discussion and your input so please visit our blog and add your feedback to further the conversation.

Thank you to Willem Nel from Acoustic Alien Audio for sound styling and original music and to Solid Gold Studios for recording and producing this episode.

Paper vs iPad
https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-18/your-paper-brain-and-your-kindle-brain-arent-same-thing

Sunday Times Q&A
with Gauteng education MEC Pantaza Lesufi (2017 12 10)
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Deny5q9dU5R3dXgaNz1dGm4-m40qFx6X

Music
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyM2AnA96yE

Tom Odell: Another Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwpMEbgC7DA


You can mail me at Gavin@SolidGoldStudios.co.za with suggestions for future episodes.

Until next time - keep learning!
Yours
Gavin Kennedy

December 13th 2017
<p>L-R : <b>Gavin Kennedy</b> (host), <b>John Skelton</b> (Principal of <a href="http://bryanston.com?utm_source=Solid%20Gold%20Studios&utm_medium=EduThink%20001">Bryanston High School</a>) and <b>Gershom Aitchison</b> (Headmaster of Education Incorporated Boutique School) Not in the pic <b>Andrew Jones</b> (Wits and <a href="http://kipmcgrath.co.za?utm_source=Solid%20Gold%20Studios&utm_medium=EduThink%20001">Kip McGrath Edenvale</a>)<br/><br/>Welcome to <a href="http://www.solidgoldstudios.co.za/eduthink?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=EduThink%20001%20-%20Subject%20Choices"><b>EduThink</b></a>, the podcast that explores Education in South Africa. This episode deals with <b>subject choices</b> - The when, where, how and why - as well as ways this process can be de-stressed and improved.</p><p>In the studio with me to discuss this were <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=mailto%3Ajohnskelton%40bryanston.com%3Fsubject%3DSubject%2520Choice%2520Podcast%26utm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=YmJmMjM5MTM1YmIyMGRjODE5ZmVlMGFjMjM2ZTNjYTI1MDg5NDkyNiwwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"><b>John Skelton</b></a> (Principal
of <b><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bryanston.com%3Futm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=YjViOTE4MDI4OTAyNTRmM2VmOTEyYzY0YjZmYzQzNWZlNDI3NjcxYSwwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1">Bryanston
High School</a></b>) and <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=mailto%3Agershom%40eduinc.co.za%3Fsubject%3DSubject%2520Choices%2520Podcast%26utm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=Y2MxY2ZjNzgzNjI2ZjNjZWUxZjIwZmI3YWViM2FjZTViZmFjMzI3NiwwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"><b>Gershom Aitchison</b></a> (Headmaster
of<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Feducationincorporated.co.za%2F&t=ZWY4ODliMGQzYTY4NDI5MTA4NmEwMDI4NTY4ZTk5YWM1NjZkYzk1YywwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"> <b>Education
Incorporated Boutique School</b></a>) as well as <b><a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=mailto%3Aandrew%40asjfs.co.za%3Fsubject%3DSubject%2520Choices%2520Podcast%26utm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=OWNiMDkyMmM0Yzg2YzA5N2Q5NjgyYmYxNjM0OWM2ZDkyODlmOGNlZSwwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1">Andrew
Jones</a></b> who joined me earlier to elaborate on the
challenges experienced at university level when learners take the wrong
subjects.</p><p>In this episode you’ll hear about
the entire process from Grade 8 to university, what often goes awry and what
options are available. We also discuss strategies to help your child when the
time comes to make these subject choices in Grade 9 and when changes can be
made. My guests warn of some of the pitfalls and have lots of solid usable
advice that may just help your family.</p><p><b><u>MUSIC :</u></b> If you missed the beginning of the New Romantic era John referred to, here’s <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal_Solo?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=EduThink%20001"><b>Sal Solo</b></a> (from Classix Nouveaux) and their biggest hit <b><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff6gWyyFEyc&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=EduThink%20001">“Is it a dream”</a></b>. Or, if <b>Josh Groban</b> is more to your liking, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTdqdOC2DtI">here’s one of Gershom’s favourites</a> for you - enjoy :-)</p><p><b><u>BOOKS RECOMMENDATIONS :</u></b> If Gershom could give one book to every learner to read, it would be <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rich-Dad-Poor-Teach-Middle/dp/1612680011">this one</a>.</p><hr><p>We
appreciate discussion and your input so please <a href="http://eduthink.tumblr.com/"><b>visit our blog</b></a> and
add your feedback to further the conversation.</p><p>Thank
you to <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.acousticalien.co.za%3Futm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=NmNhMzQwMjY4YjI4MjllYTkwOWVmMGIzYjhkYjg2YjVmZDU2ODFiMCwwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"><b>Willem Nel from Acoustic Alien
Audio</b></a> for sound styling and original music, to <b>Ofentse Xaba</b> from <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fsolidgoldstudios.co.za%3Futm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=NzAxYTc1ZTRmMTQ0NmJiNGM2MTA1MmE2YTBiYjc5YTRiZWYyNWIwMywwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"><b>Solid Gold Studios</b></a> and <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fmelanie-walker-675a0413%2F%3Futm_source%3Dpodcast%26utm_medium%3DEduThink%2520001%2520-%2520Subject%2520Choices&t=OTAxOTQ2MmY0NjcxMDI0NWRhZjlhOWM2ZTUxNTE3NzdhMmNiYjhhZiwwdzltQk1hRA%3D%3D&b=t%3AkpRzx5nQbs68Eydv4RI3rg&p=https%3A%2F%2Fonchangeblog.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F167731471193%2Fin-the-studio-today-were-john-skelton-principal&m=1"><b>Melanie Walker</b></a> for
our show intro voice.</p><p>You
can mail me at <a href="mailto:gavin@solidgoldstudios.co.za?subject=Subject%20Choices%20Podcast&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=EduThink%20001%20-%20Subject%20Choices">Gavin@SolidGoldStudios.co.za</a> with
suggestions for future episodes.</p><p>Until
next time - keep learning!<br/>
Yours<br/><b>Gavin Kennedy</b></p>

L-R : Gavin Kennedy (host), John Skelton (Principal of Bryanston High School) and Gershom Aitchison (Headmaster of Education Incorporated Boutique School) Not in the pic Andrew Jones (Wits and Kip McGrath Edenvale)

Welcome to EduThink, the podcast that explores Education in South Africa. This episode deals with subject choices - The when, where, how and why - as well as ways this process can be de-stressed and improved.

In the studio with me to discuss this were John Skelton (Principal of Bryanston High School) and Gershom Aitchison (Headmaster of Education Incorporated Boutique School) as well as Andrew Jones who joined me earlier to elaborate on the challenges experienced at university level when learners take the wrong subjects.

In this episode you’ll hear about the entire process from Grade 8 to university, what often goes awry and what options are available. We also discuss strategies to help your child when the time comes to make these subject choices in Grade 9 and when changes can be made. My guests warn of some of the pitfalls and have lots of solid usable advice that may just help your family.

MUSIC : If you missed the beginning of the New Romantic era John referred to, here’s Sal Solo (from Classix Nouveaux) and their biggest hit “Is it a dream”. Or, if Josh Groban is more to your liking, here’s one of Gershom’s favourites for you - enjoy :-)

BOOKS RECOMMENDATIONS : If Gershom could give one book to every learner to read, it would be this one.


We appreciate discussion and your input so please visit our blog and add your feedback to further the conversation.

Thank you to Willem Nel from Acoustic Alien Audio for sound styling and original music, to Ofentse Xaba from Solid Gold Studios and Melanie Walker for our show intro voice.

You can mail me at Gavin@SolidGoldStudios.co.za with suggestions for future episodes.

Until next time - keep learning!
Yours
Gavin Kennedy

November 21st 2017

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