3 IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF INTERNET SAFETY YOU MUST TEACH STUDENTS

Whether we like to admit to it or not, the internet as we know it is an addictive portal that has sucked us all in, Yes! Through our desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones we are connected 24/7 with people, stories, news and rapid content constantly at our reach. On any regular school day, take a brief stroll down the school corridor and you will find that you are brushed past a group of students chattering about Tweets and Snaps posted by their friends or celebrities online the night before.
A large and growing percentage of internet users are made up of school students of all ages, and with parents becoming laxer their children are granted unrestricted access to the internet and its social media platforms. This poses huge safety issues for these children who are unprepared for the vices lurking on the internet. It has, therefore, become increasingly evident that internet safety must be taught to these students in order to protect and properly prepare them to handle common safety issues that occur on the internet.
Do you have school programs or lessons targeted at teaching students internet safety at your school? Are you planning to introduce these lessons to your classrooms? If so read on, we have identified three core aspects of internet safety you can teach your students today.

Personal Safety

Source: Standard Bearers School

The status update has got us all. There are the short and sweet ones, the long passionate rants, the breakfast posts and many others that keep our followers updated on our progress through our daily routines. However innocent these may be, some of these status updates could be feeding miscreants with critical information to be used against the poster. Students often post status updates regarding their current location, where they live as well as specifics about their travel plans – where they are going, how long they will be there and if they are travelling alone. This is vital information for potential kidnappers or sex offenders who then draw up their plans with information gathered from the victim’s status updates.
Students must be taught to censor the information they share on social media and must try as much as possible to post about their travels or places visited after the visit, never before or during. They can support this by changing automatic location settings on their social media accounts. They can also adjust their social media settings to ensure that it is only specific trusted friends on their followers’ list that are able to view their information and sensitive updates.
Also as we teach these students in the real world not to talk to strangers, these same rules should apply online where they are advised not to accept friend requests from strangers and to try to verify suspicious accounts before accepting requests.

Identity Protection

Source: Grenville Schools

At one point or the other, we have all been greeted by malicious pop-ups that show up on our web pages. These pop-ups usually offer freebies and discounts that require submission of personal details in order to access them. If you are unfortunate enough to fall victim and you end up sharing your private information such as name, address, date of birth, passwords or even credit card details, you have opened yourself up to identity theft. This sensitive information can be used to access your private email, your social media accounts and most importantly your bank accounts.
Most students do not understand the gravity of the repercussions that come with identity theft and are usually naïve when it comes to assessing safe websites and their enticing. When left to their own devices they freely give up not only their personal information but that of their parents and family members as well.
To prevent this from happening, it is important that students are taught the difference between sensitive private information and public shareable information. They must also know how to identify secured connections and only perform financial transactions through these secured sites. They must also be taught how to craft secure passwords that are not created out of obvious sources such as date of birth, pet names and personal names.

Cyber Bullying

Source: The Bells Comprehensive Secondary School

Bullying in all forms has been around since the beginning of human relations, and it spreads across all age brackets extending even to adults! Once an act that was confined to break rooms and playgrounds, bullying has found its way online with children attacking and demeaning each other on social media platforms. With the wide reach of the internet, these acts are shared rapidly at the click of a button with students and complete strangers in multiple locations, thereby exposing the victim to an onslaught of attacks from multiple bullies. This affects student behaviour negatively in many ways and has led to withdrawal from school, depression and worse, suicide.
In this internet age, it is important that schools educate students on the extreme consequences of cyber-bullying; and though it is almost impossible to police and supervise students online, it is important that teachers keep communication doors open to students who complain or show signs of bullying. Students must also be taught and encouraged to report cyber-bullies to the website or social media admin pages, to ensure that miscreants are banned and their pages deactivated. Students must also be taught not to promote, like or share any act of cyber-bullying online.

Internet safety is an important area that must be addressed by caregivers in this digital world that we find ourselves and our students in. School administrators can adopt any of the discussed solutions and also go the extra mile by designing posters and educative materials to keep these safety rules in constant reach of their students. How is your school tackling internet safety? Let us know in the comments below.

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WHAT A WELL RUN SCHOOL LOOKS LIKE

Everywhere you look in Nigeria there is a private school, either new and bubbling or old and struggling. Most educators dive into this field without truly understanding what it means to run a school successfully. When selecting a school for their wards, parents have an uncanny ability to spot a well-run school out of the large pool of viable options.
As a school administrator, the way you run the school determines the success of your students and your school as a whole. Is your goal to be the leading school in your area, community or state? Then your focus must be on fine-tuning all the components of your school to make sure they all work together seamlessly to achieve that goal. There are certain things to take into consideration while running a school. The aims, objectives, vision, mission, and values of the school. All these will be your guiding principles to running the school.

Benefits of a Well Run School

source: Crane college.

Looking at the big picture, a well-run school becomes an integral part of a better society in the future. It is said that the school is one of the most important basic social institutions that can either make or break a society. Yes, you believe in the society and making it a better place, but what does this mean for your bottom-line?
Improved teacher welfare, better learning environment, and quality education project an image of success in the eyes of the parents. Pro-student and Pro-teacher policies made in the school become evident in the overall performance of your students, and this helps maintain positive student retention rates in your school.

Source: Concordia junior academy, Yola.

Key Components of a Well-Run School
Teachers’ Welfare
Teachers’ welfare is paramount in a well-run school. The teachers are vital assets to the well-being of the school, hence, must be adequately taken care of. To evaluate how a school is properly run, there is a need to assess how the teachers are doing on the job and in their career advancement. The teachers that are well motivated and trained are encouraged to give nothing less than their best. A well-run school provides a conducive teaching environment and, encourages innovative teaching practices. The teachers are well paid and, consistently so. The teachers are also given autonomy over their students to an extent. A well-run school definitely makes the Teachers’ Welfare a top priority.

Source: the white dove schools

Students’ Performance
Parents look forward to the excellent performance of their wards. A well-run school is sure to produce excellent students. This occurs as a result of the conducive environment for learning the school has put in place. The academic curriculum and extra-curricular activities are also not left out. Students are exposed to a great learning experience in a well-run school. They are encouraged to go on excursions, competitions, outdoor activities, all in a bid to enhance their learning process. The students are also duly assessed to determine their level of academic performance. Counselors are available to the students for career counseling or issues relating to their social or mental health.

source : The bells comprehensive secondary school

Parents’ Participation
Parents Participation is evident in good and quality schools. A complete learning process involves the Students, Teachers, and Parents. Parents are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process for the benefits of their wards, through Parents, Teachers Association (PTA). Parents are also involved in the learning process of their wards through volunteering, visiting day etc. Forums, both online and offline are established and active, and parents are free to express their views, opinions, and recommendations to the school regarding set policies or proposed policies.

Source: Chrisland Predegree college

Quality Education
A well-run school stands for quality education which leads to a better society. The administrators of a well-run school prioritize quality education over profit making. They see to the adequate and necessary facilities needed to make the school a standard one. They instill leadership skills into the Students and Teachers. Teachers are constantly being trained and updated on innovated and effective methods of teaching. Students are guided and given a real-life application of the lessons they learn on campus.

Conclusion
A well-run school is the pride of every school administrator. While having good leadership experience is key, you must also have the integrity, diligence and a strategic mind to run a school well. Identify your priorities and, carry every stakeholder (Students, Teachers and Parents) involved along. With all these, you are sure to produce the school of your dreams.

 

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SCHOOL COUNSELING: Why is it Important for Your School And Its Growth?

Take a look back at your early school years; what did you really know about life, money, business and the world? – Absolutely nothing! A child’s school years are defining moments in their life, it is at this stage that they develop their personalities and make important decisions that set the tone for the rest of their lives. With this much pressure and not enough life experience to learn from, it is important that they are guided and supported in all critical decision-making areas of their lives. As much as their parents act as their primary guides in life, it is important that the school play a large part in guiding the students as well and this is achieved through the school’s Guidance and Counseling system.
Nigerian private schools are gradually beginning to integrate counseling programs in their schools, and are reaping the benefits with students not just being able to make informed decisions about their future, but also be guided through learning disabilities, mental issues, and social interaction. If you are looking to establish a successful School Counseling program at your school here is what you need to know.

What is School Counseling?

Source: Forte Yard Montessori School

School counseling is campus-based counseling that focuses on helping students make the best of their education while guiding them to develop optimally on all other aspects of their lives. School counselors work daily to help students make sense of the confusing world of academics and early adulthood, from choosing areas of study to dealing with friends, family issues and grief, school counseling programs cover all bases.

What does a School Counselor Do?
School Counselors strive to keep the best interests of each student at heart. These counselors are primarily responsible for career development; however, over the years their roles have evolved to include various counseling services. By evaluating each student’s strengths, weaknesses, interests, talents, and aspirations, the school counselor is able to provide tailored guidance program for each student. The duties of a school counselor typically include:

  • Academic and Career Counseling

    The first and most important duty of a school counselor is career counseling. Counselors assess the interests, capabilities, and performance of each student to help guide them towards a fitting career path. They help students identify and select which areas of study align with their overall career goals, this could include making the choice between sciences, commerce or arts.
    The school counselor also prompts students to take part in relevant programs and activities that set them on the path to gaining admission into a top university and career programs after they graduate. This could include extracurricular activities such as sports, community service, volunteering, part-time jobs and more. They also provide guidance to students having general academic related issues such as time management, declining performance, and study plans.

  • Teachers Guide

    Source: The Bells Comprehensive Secondary school

    Although the school counselors are primarily responsible for students, they also provide support services to the teachers in the school. School counselors may be called upon to handle disciplinary issues raised by teachers or serve as a mediator of issues between students and teachers. Teachers also benefit from the relationships formed between school counselors and students and can tap into the counselor’s wealth of information to gain insight into student behavior. School counselors also play an advisory role in school management in a time of school policy restructuring.

  • Social and Emotional Counseling

    Source: Grenville Schools

    Students face an onslaught of social, mental and emotional issues during their school years and rely on the support of a dedicated school counselor to get them through these trying times. At times where students do not feel comfortable talking about their problems at home, they will always have a listening ear in a school counselor. Issues such as bullying, drug abuse, and self-esteem and family issues can be raised and discussed in a safe and secure manner. School counselors facilitate group counseling sessions, and as the need arises it could be student-parent consultation, parent-teacher consultation or parent-parent consultations covering a wide range of educational, social or disciplinary issues.

Hiring a School Counselor
School counselors are fast becoming vital players in the school faculty, as their role requires them to take on more responsibilities than any other member of staff. Not only do they work directly with the students, they also work closely with teachers, parents and school management. The duties of the school counselor highlight the inherent benefits of a school counseling program, and it is advisable that private schools in Nigeria set up a school counselor program.

Source: The White Dove Schools

As this field is still somewhat uncharted in Nigeria, it can be a hassle finding able School Counselors. Key defining qualifications of an ideal candidate for this role include a Degree in Psychology, Education, Counseling or any related field; the ability to be empathetic, patient and compassionate; the drive to play a part in the successful development of the future generation of leaders.

 

Students who can rely on the able-hands and experience of a counselor at school seldom go astray when making critical life decisions regarding their education, future career path, and personal life. A guidance and counseling programme in your school will not only improve the quality of students but will also enhance the confidence of parents in your school’s ability to help their children discover and maximize their hidden potentials. Remember, parents, are a great engine for referrals to your school when they believe they are getting a better deal at your school.

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How does Parent Persona help your school?

When you speak in a language that is familiar to your prospects, you are instantly compensated with their attentions.

Just before you continue: This article is a continuation of last week’s blog where we introduced the concept of parent persona and how to create one for your school. It may be helpful to read it before this one if you miss it last week. 

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When I was young, I used to excitedly follow my mum into the local markets to do some shopping. In the midst of thousands of people, any time she hears ‘Mama Yomi’ (meaning Yomi’s mum) or her name, ”come and buy this, buy that,” she is bound to turn her head and look the way of the caller. Dogmatically, I followed suit.

It is an undeniable fact that when you speak in a language that is familiar to your prospects, you are instantly compensated with their attentions. Even if you have never met before.

Understanding your prospective and current parents through Parent Persona is an integral part of your marketing success and school growth. Failure to do so is subjecting yourself to be ‘fooled by randomness’ which cannot be sustained in the midst of highly competitive private school market.

If you take a look at your Parent Persona, your will discover some interesting patterns you never thought of before now. For example, if a good number of your parents work in the banking sector, it is an indication that there are things you do in your school that attract bankers. Once this is established, this is a good place to start, just take these 3 steps:

  1. Look at individual parent persona in this category of bankers to find out what exactly it is.   You may find out that your after-school service fits in into their busy schedules.
  2. The next thing is to get your marketing team to craft messages that may be themed like this ‘We appreciate your busy schedule and help you keep your kids busy till you are ready to leave for the day’. You may even be generous enough to add ‘at no extra cost’ if you really mean it. This is called empathy in its simplest terms.
  3. Lastly, look out for where bankers hang out- it could be a group of bankers on facebook or WhatsApp. You can even walk into banking halls to reach out to more of them with your message.

Depending on the peculiarity of your school,  you may discover  trends like most parents in your school are celebrities, politicians, IT gurus, entrepreneurs, civil servant, live in a particular location, are within certain age range, like to play  a particular game, are of same tribe or religion (if they are Christians, find out their churches Pentecostals, Protestants, Orthodox etc), marital status etc. If you need to call them or send a survey in order to probe further, please do!

It is important to note that these patterns can come in different shapes and sizes. It may even look as trivial as most of them play a chess game. If this is the case, STEM could be your own joker to woo prospective parents because chess is an analytical game.  As long as it works for you: it is legitimate and okay.

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You will observe a packet of patterns for you to work with if your parent persona is done thoroughly (guess game is not allowed). Once this is observed, just follow the steps listed above.

One a final note, I will share my personal experience of how parent persona worked for me. Just recently, I was invited to speak to parents of final year pupils of Standard Bearers Schools Lekki Lagos alongside with representatives of some top schools in Nigeria.

In order not to be seeing as competing with schools there present, I offered to be the last speaker. When it was my turn to speak, the first thing I did was to tell my audience that I am also a parent and I also have a 10 years old daughter looking to gain admission into secondary school. This provided a strong bond between us.

Photo credit: Standard Bearers School, LekkiS Musical Recitals

What is your ideal school?

The next thing I did was to ask them this simple question: ‘what is your ideal school?’  Out of all the inspiring answers, one of them particularly caught my attention most: she said her son likes music and she will like to support him to become a DJ in future. Her ideal school is the school that shows a strong interest in music as part of its extra curricular activities. All the schools that spoke lost the chance to address this woman’s pain points even if they have such facility in place.

For questions and follow up or if you need help creating a parent personal for your school, send an email to yomi@schoolscompass.com.ng or drop a comment

 

 

 

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How important is Parent Persona to your school’s marketing strategy?

All successful marketing starts with buyer personas – Author Anonymous

Photo Credit: Kinkomando

Yeah, you’ve got that smashing billboard yelling to motorists and pedestrians about great things about your school and telling them why they should consider your school. You also have all sorts of beautifully designed (by a designer who is probably not a parent or not the type you expect in your school) flyers garnished with your marketing messages (also put together by a copywriter who is as guilty as your graphic designer).

No matter how impressive your marketing messages and materials are, your marketing strategy will fall flat if it doesn’t speak directly to the heart of mission-appropriate families who are most likely to benefit from your school community. A good school marketing strategy starts with a firm handle on your Parent Personas

What is Parent Persona?

A Parent persona is a semi-fictional representation of your ideal parent based on market research and real data about your existing parents. The good thing about parent persona is that it works for you, independent of how low  or high your marketing budget is.

Now that we have established the importance of parent persona to our enrollment,  the next thing is ‘How do we go about this?’

 

To create parent  personas, get the list of all parents/families who have spent at least two sessions in your school (based on the assumption that they have paid for your services at least 6 terms ). You may create a spreadsheet for this. Find out the following  information about them and populate your spreadsheet.

  1. Name: Bring it to live, give it a real name – Mr. Ojo, Mrs Yusuf, Ms Uche etc. It helps you to connect and make a realistic guess where it requires
  2. Demographic Details Include information such as such as age, income level, education, employment details, marital Status, gender etc
  3. Interests and desires. Do they enjoy traveling, clubbing, etc?  What is their level of internet savviness?
  4. Pain Points: Identify why they choose your school over others, why do they leave their previous school?
  5. Customers’ journey: How do they find out about your  school when they first visited?

These points are in exhaustible and not one-size-fits-all, you can tweak them to suit your specific purposes.  At the end of this exercise, you will have something like this for each record of parents:

After understanding your parents and where they hang out, you’ll get a better sense of the channels that will work best in advertising to them

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5 HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO BOOST ENROLLMENT RATES IN YOUR SCHOOL

The Nigerian private school sector is highly saturated and as such, it is becoming increasingly difficult for school owners to grow student enrollment consistently. Parent, guardians and decision makers are becoming more sophisticated and selective as they look to settle down with an institution which caters to the immediate educational needs of their wards and most importantly sets them on the right path to a successful career and future.

While there are many uncontrollable factors that affect the growth of enrollment rates, here are some of the most effective hands-on strategies that help your school leverage its strengths to stand out in a fully saturated market and boost enrollment rates for your private school in Nigeria.

Create and Communicate a Strong Brand

Source: Chrisland High School, VGC

In order to establish your school in your community and successfully market it far and wide, it is important to create a remarkable brand. So much more than just a catchy logo and great graphics, your school’s brand is that defining factor that differentiates you from the crowd. It describes your story, your unique advantage and communicates why your school is the top choice amongst the rest.
To craft a strong brand that sets your school apart from the other private schools in Nigeria, find out what it is that makes your school special; what influenced parents in selecting your school as final choice for their wards; do you have programs that help struggling learners; are there counseling opportunities; what special extracurricular activities to your offer enrollees. Responses garnered from this come together to define your school’s unique selling point(s) which helps you form a solid brand identity and as a result boost enrollment rates.

Build a User-friendly Informative Website

Your school’s website is one of the most important marketing and communication tool at your disposal. Parents will look to the web to research every school online before settling on their final choice. An easy to navigate website must be populated with all relevant information regarding the school, a parent needs to make a decision. Your website should communicate your brand effectively, display school programs, show testimonials and present enrollment information. Most importantly, for your website to help drive enrollment rates for your school it must reflect your brand as well as your unique approach to learning and guidance for students at all stages of their life.

Launch a Parent Ambassador Program

Source: Rainbow College

Word of mouth is by far the most effective strategy leveraged by Nigerian schools to boost enrollment rates. Take advantage of your existing pool of highly satisfied parents and access their networks by recruiting them as Parent Ambassadors for your school. These parents boost your grassroots marketing efforts by reaching out to other parents in their family network, church network, neighborhoods, and workplace.
The ideal Parent Ambassador is selected as a result of their visible passion for the school, their reputation and credibility within their network, relevant connections in the community and most importantly their willingness to join the program. To support this program, an active forum should be created – preferably online with a Facebook Group – where important information is shared and the Parent Ambassadors are constantly inspired to be active. Incentives for the Parent Ambassadors may be decided upon based on your discretion.

Financial Aid

Source: UNC-Tv

Every parent desires the best education for their child; however, most are unable to meet up with the financial implications of enrolling their child in a top performing school. Offering financial aid to such parents is a great way to attract and retain more students in your school. Financial aid can come in the form of flexible fee payment, access to school loans, and access to grants and scholarships.
For schools using services such as School Credit*, their parents are granted access to collateral-free loans to meet their tuition needs at an affordable interest rate. These loans are processed with minimal documentation and disbursed within 24 hours of approval. Financially savvy parents will naturally gravitate towards these schools, and as result enrollment rates begin to grow. The added advantage of this service is it also allows schools to take out loans to invest in the infrastructural development of their schools which in turn also delivers a positive effect on enrollment rates.

Online Marketing   

Increasingly, schools are taking advantage of the internet and social media to create a wider reach in the market. Your first step should be to create a social media account, most importantly Facebook and Twitter, and share special events, stories, accomplishments, and announcements with the general public; if setting this up is too tedious to add to your overwhelmingly full to-do list,  AllPro Tech can handle this process at no cost. Encourage students, teachers, and parents to get involved on these platforms. Parent Ambassadors should be encouraged to leave positive and educative reviews on the school’s social media pages.
Online and social media adverts must be well designed, direct and engaging. With the use of social media platforms advertising tools, schools are able to hyper-target their adverts, thereby delivering tailored promotional messages to a specific audience. This is a great and cost-effective way to boost enrolment rates.

Conclusion

Generating and consistently growing enrollment rates is arguably one of the most daunting tasks faced by the school administrator in Nigeria, adopting the right strategies and implementing them in a timely and effective manner is the difference between a constantly struggling school and a highly sort after top performing school. Feel free to try out the strategies listed in this article and leave a comment on your progress below.

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THE BEST STORIES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

Finding the best stories for primary school children is essential for all parents who wish for their children to begin developing reading habits. The earlier the better! In the first place, it is important to note that children ought to start reading at their own beat, without it being forced upon them. Reading time ought to be pleasant, about discovery and never an obligation. Driving a child to read may create the correct inverse outcome to which we are looking for. Reading is loaded with joys and an approach to find new things. This is what we want them to understand.

Source: Aflon Digital Academy

Stories composed for primary school children will help them to grow their creative ability, picking up their attention with animals, wizards, princesses… the sort of components that go into children’s fantasies. Likewise, young children are in an imperative learning stage, so storybooks are an incredible method to strengthen their insight of the alphabet, words and different materials.

 

 

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Which are the most appropriate stories for primary school children?

The best stories for primary school children are the ones that associate components from inside their creative energy, to the things around them, in reality, and in their present everyday lives, for example, school, friends, pets, pets and so on. The language utilized ought to be simple and easy to understand. No confused words or complex paragraphs, they should contain differed scenes, short description and however much activity as possible. Children lose interest rapidly!

It is likewise perfect that stories for primary school children answer questions concerning themselves and subtly guide them towards what is good and bad. Children’s stories are a superb method to prepare young people for the many events and choices that will come into their lives.

source: Crescent Nursery and Primary Schools

Examples of ideal stories for young children

Parents looking for stories for their children have numerous choices accessible to them. For instance:

1. The incomparable works of art. 

similar ones that they read as children.

2. Children’s stories: Likewise works of art however with ethics and stories that keep on applying.

3. Recent stories to bring awareness: Short stories in regards to bullying, respect, tolerance and so forth.

4. Locally adjusted legends: There are numerous stories for children that have been adjusted from memorable legends to enable them to understand their way of life.

5. Interactive stories: Technology has additionally made it into children’s stories! On the internet, it is possible to discover numerous stories with coordinated sound and visual impacts that the younger ones will love.

 

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Choosing one type or another depends on the parents, of course, but it is recommended to use a wide variety. This way, we can help prevent the child from becoming bored and we will give them the chance to find out about many different types of situations. This is why the best stories for primary school children are the ones that awaken their creative ability, that opens them up to new universes, and above all, have the broadest variety available to them!

Here are a couple of particular examples of children’s stories, perfect children around primary school age:
– The brave tin soldier by Hans Christian Andersen: A record-breaking great book children can learn values from, a story that both their parents and grandparents knew before them.

– Aladdin by Greg Couch: Another work of art, however, enables kids to find out about another culture, in a fantastic surrounding. Furthermore, if that wasn’t sufficient, it will help them to remember one of their favorite movies!

– The tortoise and the hare by Aesop: A story that never gets old. It is a story to enable children to find out about the significance of effort and perseverance, and furthermore about competing in a healthy and honest way.

– Samankwe and the Highway Robbers by Cyprian Ekwensi: Set in present-day eastern Nigeria this adventure story is centered around the prevalent problems of robbery and crime.

– Without a Silver Spoon by Arowolo Femi: It tells the story of Ure Chokwe’s determination to go to school in spite of his poor background.

–  Flying Tortoise By Anezi Okoro: Okoro takes on the classic folktales of Igbo culture in this novel. For the first time, Tortoise leaves his home on earth to explore outer space, taking on environmental problems and the timeless themes of mankind and society.

–  How the Leopard got its claws by Chinua Achebe and John Iroaganachi: Recounts how the leopard got his claws and teeth and why he rules the forest with terror.

–  The First Corn by Mabel Segun: This is an exciting story of how a man got his first seed of corn. The vocabulary is graded and the story is rendered in simple and conversational English.

–  Sugar Girl by Kola Onadipe: A Juvenile fiction literature book of how Raila got missing from home under mysterious and unfortunate circumstances. Thereafter, she goes through ordeals, one after the other: First in the hands of a wicked witch and then a hunter. Will she survive these ordeals and return home…and under what circumstances?
When you set out to discover stories for your kids, you will discover hundreds and hundreds to choose from. The most critical thing is that your children appreciate them, paying little mind to the sort you picked. And furthermore, don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting more enjoyment from reading than they get from listening.

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Win Amazing Prizes at Naija Mathematics Championship

The Naija Mathematics Championship is an online practice and assessment platform put together by Dragnet Solutions Limited – Nigeria’s foremost job assessment company to multinationals like Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron – and The Mathematics Laboratory Limited, owners of the Naija Mathematics-English Championship brands.

 

Both Dragnet and MathLab have been partners since 2014 in the teaching and  assessment of students in the two core subjects of Mathematics and English Language and have successfully organized two Championships in Mathematics and English Language and has celebrated and rewarded outstanding students, teachers and schools/principals with prizes worth N3,000,000 (Three Million Naira only). 

What’s on offer in 2018?

This year won’t be different from our usual offering of prizes arranged in this order with a total of 31 Prizes are up for grabs:

18 prizes to the 1st/2nd/3rd students in each of the class categories from JS1 – SS3.

☆ 6 prizes to the teachers who taught the 1st prize winners from JS1 – SS3.

☆ 6 prizes to the schools that produced the 1st prize winners from JS1 – SS3.

☆ 1 special prize to the school with the highest number of registered students.

Special tips

 Principals and School Administrators are encouraged to register as many students as possible because a special prize awaits the school with the highest number of registered students.Beyond this, it is important for schools to give all students equal opportunity to take advantage of the practice/assessment because experience has shown that often times, the students who excel at the Championship achieved their feat after they practiced extensively online and not because they were outstanding in their respective classes before they took our assessment. 

Click here to register for the Naija Mathematics Championship 2018

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IMPORTANCE OF AN EXCELLENT CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

It is a weekday morning and you are spellbound, excited, active, and most importantly, feeling like you are an important part of a whole. It is time to go home but you want to linger a bit more in such a wonderful environment that you reluctantly leave, thinking about how long it would be to return, then wake up early the next day, eager to go back to this environment that you are pleased to be a part of.

Source: City of Knowledge Academy

Does this sound familiar? Probably. Can you relate these feelings to your primary and secondary education? Less likely, which is especially true if you went through a typical Nigerian School. How many of us craved this feeling while in school? How many were able to get this vibe about their classrooms and schools in general? I dreaded going to school when I was younger, especially when deprecating ultimatums are set by misdirected teachers that truly believed a low pass rate is evidence of a job well done, or having to be grateful for a chance at education while being crammed into overcrowded classrooms and almost no chance for learning. These conditions, however, did not necessarily stop students from having fun and decent grades in the process, but you can admit that the thought of what could have been if it were better lingers.

Source: Albesta Academy

I began to wonder: what creates an excellent classroom environment? And to this, I did some research and culled examples from schools making substantial steps to create one. If like me you are still wondering what these could be, wonder no more. Here are a few points:

The physical environment is of high importance: Spacious and well-ventilated classrooms have correlated with good performances on the part of the students. Having colours and decorations for the younger grades creates a very vibrant and welcoming environment while the right decorations leave positive impressions. It is also important that the desks were arranged in a circular or ‘roundtable’ format, which has been associated with better effectiveness than the traditional coupled desk arrangement as it promotes a habit of complete integration and sharing of ideas.

Source: The White Dove School

A classroom that propagates respect of views, classmates, learning, teachers and property tends to improve students’ contribution to class activities as well as in learning and building a positive attitude. Students’ and teachers’ respect for views and other members of the class is especially important because even when their views are wrong, rather than being mocked for it, the students simply end up learning something new, which would prevent them from shying away from expressing their thoughts for fear of ridicule or punishment.

Source: Pampers Private School

How well does the teacher carry the students along? What sort of atmosphere is created? Is it the one as aforementioned that ensures a safe feeling and openness and willingness to share? Is everyone irrespective of their learning capacity being carried along? Is the classroom making everyone feel equal and important to the success of the class team? Does it encourage interaction and discussion of complex ideas? Are the students made to realize that continuous assessments and examinations are not meant to ridicule anybody but to know how well a student is grounded in a subject and how best to improve them? We can only imagine the importance that an excellent classroom environment has in encouraging learning, assimilation, and perpetuating individual and collective growth.

Source: Standard Bearers School

Finally, a classroom environment is one of the most important factors affecting student learning. Research has shown that students learn better and faster when they view the learning environment as positive and supportive. Therefore, good structures of classrooms should be a norm in schools and the teachers should focus as much on the ‘feel’ of the class as well as the content of the textbooks and delivery methods in order to help forge an expressive, critical thinking, inclusive mentality at the primary and secondary level for students that would aid their success in tertiary institutions and in their careers afterwards.

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS TEACHERS BANNED BY WAEC FROM SUPERVISING EXAMINATIONS

The West African Examination Council, WAEC has placed a ban on all private secondary schools teachers from supervising their internal and external examinations. Is this action going to eliminate exam malpractice in Nigerian schools?
Exam malpractice can be best described as a corrupt or illegal practice that is done deliberately by students and teachers during examination and it has different forms such as copying from another student’s test, copying from an answer sheet, bringing in cheat notes, plagiarism, colluding to obtain test answers, impersonating another student during a test and refusing to stop taking the test when the test is over. These actions are common during WASSCE exam which led to the banning of private schools teachers in Nigeria from supervising during WAEC examination. 

Furthermore, this information was made known to the general public by the head of public affairs of WAEC Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu that recently the said supervisors from private schools do aid exams malpractice because they have nothing to lose. They have no pension nor gratuity from their employers, so most of them mainly look for money during national examinations.  It is believed that the familiarity between the students and schools teachers increases the chances of exam malpractice during WASSCE while some teachers tax the students in order to make extra earns but the banning of private schools teacher from supervising WAEC exam and the using of more WAEC supervisors during exam does not guarantee the elimination of exam malpractice but it can curb it to an extent because Humans in nature are corrupt.

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