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As a Press club member, what can I do for my school?

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It was my pleasure to be at press club sent-forth ceremony of Community Secondary School Suleja on 29th July as guest, and this is my transcribed address.

The bright faces and nice dresses I’m seeing give a flash back at those days when I was a member of my secondary school press club. This is my third visit to your school, and I must say, your conduct and manners are indeed erasers to the negativity attributed to your school, thus I will say “As press members, you can do a lot for your school”. These includes but not limited to; Continue reading “As a Press club member, what can I do for my school?”

5 things to do in Secondary School

This is an excerpt of a speech I gave at St. Mary College Suleja during a sensitization programme of the NYSC Suleja local govt. Mass literacy club. You may consider one or two points as an advice to your students or brethren.

5 things to do in Secondary School

                As contained in the national policy of education (2004); secondary education shall raise a generation of people who can think for themselves, respect views and feelings of others, respect the dignity of labour and live as good citizens.

                Actualization of these goal of secondary education is indeed a no-no for many secondary school leavers whether in the urban or rural -set of dependent, playful and lazy teens. But… I got some tips you may use in beating this otherwise challenging task and maybe blaze a trail in some endeavours too.

Here they are:

Continue reading “5 things to do in Secondary School”

Deciphering Nigeria’s controversial subject; RELIGION AND NATIONAL VALUES…

                 A glance through the content of religion and national values (RNV) will convince or misguide one on what exactly the subject represents. For starters, RNV is a subject introduced to the Nigerian basic education (primary & JSS) curriculum. It is a merger of some liberal arts subjects, to include C.R.S., Islamic studies, social studies, civic education & security awareness. The subject is a product of the review of the Nigerian basic education, a streamline which intends to produce a viable curriculum to meet national and international goals (including NEEDS, EFA & MDGS) and also void of subject overloading.

         However RNV viz. the curriculum review has at different occasions been a controversial issue on the conventional and new media and as turned a hullabaloo in the political, religion and educational quarters, because of its purported unification of two religions- Christianity and Islam. While liberalists are popular supporters of the subject, core religionists and individuals with religio-political sentiments kick against it. Continue reading “Deciphering Nigeria’s controversial subject; RELIGION AND NATIONAL VALUES…”

Dyslexia: what you should know

Dear! Before you start to read, this may not concern you. If it does not, it’s better ignored. Are you a teacher, an educator, a medic, psychologist, parent or potential parent? Oh! You are one of those? You may go ahead now.

Dyslexia is a physical condition that contributes to learning difficulty. It refers to the inability to read. Simply put, it is an unexpected and substantial difficulty in learning to read. It is majorly characterized by confusion of letters (e.g. d and b or p and q) and word decode trouble. You remember Ishaan Awashthi in the popular Bollywood “like stars on earth”? You know dyslexia! Continue reading “Dyslexia: what you should know”

Assess and Appraise! (Copa-ticha episode 10)

Going through the previous episodes, you will realize we touched how to start, needed skills, styles and manners as well as other essentials in the act of teaching. Here, we will be discussing a concept commonly mistaken for the end of teaching processes. In fact it is a director to the “why and how” of the whole process. It is EVALUATION. Far from ordinary testing, evaluation is a routine process in teaching, ranging from your questions after each lesson to working on students’ scores in examination.

Main reason for evaluation is in twofold; Continue reading “Assess and Appraise! (Copa-ticha episode 10)”

Impact before you depart (Copa-ticha episode 9)

At the end of the previous episode, I made an otherwise sarcastic expression saying “you are also a step to becoming a good dad or mum”. Yeah! Teaching is not all about the lesson content but teachers influence the lives of students directly or indirectly. The ward is the likeness of the guardian!
The day you become a teacher, you become a mentor also thus it’s left to you how and on what to groom your students. Continue reading “Impact before you depart (Copa-ticha episode 9)”

Use the best… Do the best! (Copa-ticha episode 7)

Discussion method

The silence in every child cries out: “let me participate and be involved in my own learning and let me join in with other leaners to learn”. A way to deal with this plight is to employ the discussion method of teaching. In this method, the teacher put forward the subject matter to which students present their opinions and views. The teacher will therefore serve as the leader or the moderator of the talk, since he/she may or may not be part of the discussion.

Unlike the didactic method, teacher is not the sole performer instead it is a collaborative exchange of ideas. Continue reading “Use the best… Do the best! (Copa-ticha episode 7)”

The mode matters (Copa-ticha episode 6)

We will be talking about the manners with which messages are passed in the classroom. There are a number of methods a teacher may adopt in his/her lessons, even though factors such as subject content, class population, time and school facility may influence his/her choice. In teaching, all methods are good as far as they are used where and when suitable. A good teacher uses all method perfectly while a bad one wrecks them all. Hence, below are brief notes on two of these techniques; Continue reading “The mode matters (Copa-ticha episode 6)”