WHAT METHOD OF TEACHING BEST SUIT A CHILD?

Irrespective of the child’s age, parents take responsibilities for their children. With children being taught by different teachers,  one is faced with the reality that they are exposed to different teaching methods with no way to measure which teaching method is most-effective.

Ever wondered about the teaching method being used by the school and how effective they are to the learners? Parents and teachers should have a ready answer to the question of what the most-appropriate teaching method should be. Children differ and so do learning methods. While a child can grasp a concept faster through singing, the other might find singing a distraction to learning. Taking out time as a parent or teacher to figure out how a child learns can go a long way as there are several ways of making children learn; Let’s review some teaching methods.

 

Role Play

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According to Ian Glover on TELRole-play is a technique that allows students to explore realistic situations by interacting with other people in a managed way in order to develop experience and trial different strategies in a supported environment. Depending on the intention of the activity, participants might be playing a role similar to their own (or their likely one in the future) or could play the opposite part of the conversation or interaction. Both options provide the possibility of significant learning, with the former allowing experience to be gained and the latter encouraging the student to develop an understanding of the situation from the ‘opposite’ point of view.

This method of teaching is mostly used during literature classes. It can also be adapted for in-class activities that don’t have to be focused on literature only. Such activities can be implemented to the storytelling lessons, history knowledge,  and the likes of it.

 

Demonstration

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The demonstration method involves the teacher educating the class by showing rather than by merely explaining the concept to be learned. The teacher ensures learning by making the learners engaged in activities that involve the actual display of what is being taught.

According to Heather Coffey on LEARN NC  the teacher, or some other expert on the topic being taught, performs the tasks step-by-step so that the learner will eventually be able to complete the same task independently when using the demonstration method in the classroom. The eventual goal is for learners to not only duplicate the task, but to recognize how to problem-solve when unexpected obstacles or problems arise. After performing the demonstration, the teacher’s role becomes supporting students in their attempts, providing guidance and feedback, and offering suggestions for alternative approaches.

 

Group Work

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Group work usually involves groups of students formally working together on projects or assignment, though it may sometimes take place in formal classroom settings. When setting group work tasks, it can be useful to consider student availability, resources necessary, and expected outcomes. – TIC

Some students find learning easier when they are allowed to work in groups or pairs. Through these, students are able to help themselves and communicate their difficulties to their friends rather than the teachers.

 

Recitation

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 Recitation is a direct, teacher-centered approach in which the teacher asks specific short answer questions with a specific answer in mind. Incorrect answers are usually corrected by the teacher or by the class. A teacher may use probing questions in order to help the class come to the correct answer. The repetition of question and answer helps information retention. It is best used for the memorization of facts–base level knowledge. – Valeri, Adam & Racheal

This method of teaching is most suitable when it involves calculations, works of literature, etc. It aids the recall of names, words, formulas, processes, etc.

 

Field Trips

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  A field trip is a visit to a place outside the regular classroom which is designed to achieve certain objectives, which cannot be achieved as well by using other means. – Liga and Agen

Most, if not all students enjoy time outside school walls. A field trip is one of the best methods to teach students especially when it comes to geographical topics involving nature, history of a country, state or community. Students get to actually see the world from a whole new perspective and also get insights on the real nature of things.

 

Quizzes.

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This method of teaching is every teacher best in that they enjoy giving quizzes to students to know how much they have learned and how much they as a teacher has been able to instill in them

 

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Children learn through several means. Teachers, as well as parents, need to identify the most appropriate learning methods/experience for the children. Finding an ideal school that cares about your child’s growth is just a click away, kindly visit Schoolscompass.com.ng and you are sure to get much more than you expected.

 
 

DOES GRADING DETERMINE A CHILD’S INTELLIGENCE?

For decades, grading systems have been the means through which schools relate students’ study skills to their respective parent. But does this really determine a child’s intelligence? Students have been subjected to rote-learning – ‘cramming’ rather than demonstrating the understanding of concepts.

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The grading system has been deeply institutionalized leaving students with a reason to go to any length so as to achieve a high grade to make their parents proud.

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Teachers, on the other hand, are being compelled to “grade” a student in whatever way they can. Some parents tend to put the blame on the teachers rather than ask their child what went wrong if the subject failed was difficult or they just couldn’t absorb whatever was taught.

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A child shouldn’t be forced into believing that grades are all that matters in life as this is not a major prerequisite for success. As much as we want to believe that, this is FALSE. Parents should put in an effort equal to the teachers in building up a child’s knowledge with various educational activities. Parents should also engage in the child’s school work as much as possible. Parents play a better role in encouraging their wards to read and understand their subjects rather than cramming and looking to get a high score without any evidence of being able to defend their grades outside of the school premises.

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We ought to look beyond the grades and consider how much knowledge has been impacted – how much the child has actually been able to retain through understanding rather than through rote-learning.

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Dear parent, rather than being mad at your kid(s) or their teacher for a bad grade, when next results are reported, it will be good to ask your kids how much they understand their subjects or where they excel more or what their favorite teaching/learning method is.

Wakaa! The Musical Live in Abuja

The legendary Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” The best education is the one that makes the learners fully aware of their social environment and prepares them to excel in it. According to Dr. Mahfuz Judeh of Applied Science Private University, “Rigorous learning is essential in conveying information and knowledge to students. But in addition to that, it is better for teacher to focus also on learning with entertainment”

 

SchoolsCompass, Nigeria’s number one support giver to Schools has partnered with Terakulture to provide schools the opportunity to make learning with entertainment possible for students by bringing Wakaa! the Musicals to Abuja.°Wakaa! The Musical is a play about the trials, successes, and experiences of graduates with varied backgrounds. It educates learners on the reality of after school and how the choices they are making today can affect their lives in the not-so-distant future.

 

The story reveals the struggles and challenges young people face in present-day Nigeria and abroad. WAKAA! The Musical takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster while presenting a strong satire of Nigeria’s politics.

Wakaa! will be live in Abuja from September 23rd –  28th at The Regent Secondary School, Abuja.  Also between September 30th  – October 1st at Transcorp Hilton Hotel by 7 pm.

Another Reason Your School Should See This Play

The pupils in your school might be the next Nollywood Stars. Exposure to high-quality stage performance such as Wakaa! has a greater chance of inspiring them to pursue their dreams. Your school literary, drama and art team will be able to acquire real-life experiences which can make your school different from every other.

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It does not end there…
SchoolsCompass has negotiated on your behalf. Now you can get tickets for the performance at a rate cheaper than any other outlets (including Terrakulture itself) when you book with SchoolsCompass. Your school also stands a special chance to be featured in our upcoming blog story on “Schools that Excel in Arts”.
Click This Link to Order for a Ticket Now or call SchoolsCompass on +234 1 2958 029

 

How to Put Your Kids to Bed Early

Putting a child to bed may seem tedious at times. This happens more frequently when the school is in session. Those are the days there seem to be lots of activities on the TV, the  internet, chats (catching up with friends)/ chat-groups and so. Sometimes, we tend to think they sleep more easily during the holidays. With that in mind, parents tend to resort to any means possible to get their child to bed, some yell, or scold or even try to force the child to bed. Here are few ways to make life easy as a parent to put your child to bed faster.

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Early Dinner: Getting a child to eat early helps them fall asleep quickly and easily. For one to work towards early bed rest, dinner has to be prepared early enough.

 

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Drink less Water: Before bed time, ensure your child does not drink too much water as this may cause a disrupt in their sleep cycles.

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Set Consistent Bed Time Routine: Try as a parent to set regular/consistent bed time routine for naps-especially during the weekends-, night times and wake up times. Set yourself as an example for your ward to follow.

 

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Room Condition: Ensure that the bedroom environment is conducive enough for sleep. The temperature of the room needs to be checked and kept appropriate, less noise and mild darkness to aid the sleep process.

 

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Don’t forget to turn off the lights or dim them as low as possible.

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Turn off Electronic Devices: In an hour or two before bedtime, ensure that all gadgets-TV sets, smart phones- and so should be turned off. This aids in creating a sleep-induced environment.

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Having kids ready for school does not have to be hard work again. We would like to get a feedback from you and please let us know other ways you can put your kids to bed.

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Getting ready for school

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Getting Ready For School

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As the holiday slowly comes to an end, getting ready for another school year becomes the thought of the day. Parents try to get what will be essential for their kids, schools put together what will be done for the academic year. While all that is being done, here are a few tips to help parents on how to get their wards “back to school” easily.

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Plan Before You Shop — Planning on what to get for the school year makes it a lot lighter on the pocket and saves time. Compare different shops, rates, and distance. Consider if you’re going to do your shopping at home or at the store. Get what is most required.

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Reschedule sleep hours – Change sleep hours closer and closer to the hours for school. Access to the TV set, mobile usage and all electronic devices should be cut off before bedtime.

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Bedtime hours should also be programmed.

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Organize your child’s school materials – Get your child’s materials prepared and ready for the school year.

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Also organizing the child’s clothes/uniforms for the entire week will be of great ease.

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Start the school routine a week before school begins – Doing this helps the child adapt faster to school activities.

 

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Most parent are excited as school is almost on session and are working towards preparing their wards for the next school year. Let us know how you go about it.

If you are still searching for an ideal school for your child., why not visit Schoolscompass.

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