FATE IS SANE

Every time that the sun shines,
It brings out the beauty of the lofty skies.

Any time, the rain spanks,
It makes increase the farmer’s thanks.

A subtle touch to the deadly sick,
Would turn the parasitic monsters weak.

A quick stab in the right vein,
Wouldn’t even make the killing vain.
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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)”

State the Purpose (Copa-ticha episode 5)

The pilot announced: “at the end of this flight we should be landing at the Muritala Muhammad Intl Airport”. This is a relatively specific statement resulting from certain calculations. A similitude of this is the Behavioral objective. The Behavioural object refers to what the teacher expect the students to have acquire after a particular lesson and for every lesson, there should be objectives.

Objectives are very vital to lessons. They are the bases of selection of method and instructional material to be use in teaching. They make the teacher present carefully what is to be accomplished, so as to avoid talking out of turn, making repetitions and irrelevant points. In short, they make the teaching directed, focus and organised. Continue reading “State the Purpose (Copa-ticha episode 5)”