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”

Go the extra mile… (COPA-TICHA EXTRA)

This piece is a bonus in addition to the copa-ticha episode 1-10. It is dubbed to reflect that it contains some kinds of “over sabi” though they can go a long way in helping you during and even after service year. Some may even give birth to your personal CDS. I have highlighted and briefed some of this tips under the character they fit into. Read and benefit… Continue reading “Go the extra mile… (COPA-TICHA EXTRA)”

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)”

Curb the cubs (Copa-ticha episode 8)

As a copa-ticha, you may be worried about managing the unruly behaviours of students in the classroom. Making them sit-down, keep aside every other thing and pay attention to the lesson. Before you consider “bulala or pankere” (cane in Nigeria local languages), let me give you some tips that might help you in controlling students indiscipline. Continue reading “Curb the cubs (Copa-ticha episode 8)”

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)”