Brave Conversations in the Classroom

Brave Conversations in the Classroom

Mahatma Gandhi said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” One of the themes that emerged from the IEB English Conference in February 2020 was the need to make the English classroom a ‘dangerous (or brave) space’ where conversations that prompt critical thinking and diversity of ideas are encouraged. And then the rest of 2020 happened….

Film Study

Film Study

“Watching a film doesn’t feel like working, but it can inspire children through rich imagery, use of camera shots, music, sound effects, silence and dialogue.“1 Few things capture our imaginations like film. This year, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ succeeded in bringing many people back to movie theatres after Covid-19 and has made over $1.4 billion at…

Mental Health & Anxiety

Mental Health & Anxiety

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”1 What is Mental Health? (3.39) Physical and…

Womans Day

Womans Day

Every year on the 9th of August we, as South Africans, celebrate National Women’s Day. This day commemorates the events of 9th August, 1956, in which more than 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, in protest against the country’s oppressive pass laws. This day recognises the strength and resilience of…

Heritage Day

Heritage Day

‘Heritage’ refers to both socio-cultural practices and physical objects such as buildings and items, that are handed down from one generation to the next. Examples of heritage practices can include language, songs, dress codes, recipes, stories and others. We all have a heritage and it can form a strong part of our identity as individuals….

Safer Spaces

Safer Spaces

Safer Spaces: A Collaborative ImperativeIEB Life Orientation CAT A 2022)   The CAT A assessments have been designed to discover current issues and to engage in conversations that are often challenging and controversial. They aim to unpack the impact that these challenges currently have, as well as the impact in the future if nothing changes….

Grooming

Grooming

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Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

What is cognitive dissonance? Cognitive dissonance “refers to the mental conflict that occurs when your beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in people is relieved by one of the several defensive manoeuvres: they reject, explain away, or avoid the new information; persuade themselves that no…