An excursion is usually a brief pleasure trip. It is an activity organized by the school during which students leave the school premises to engage in educational adventures. Schools are encouraged to adopt the practice of excursion because of its tendency to add reality to learning experiences which consequently enriches the courses of study and motivate both teachers and learners.
Furthermore, excursions give exciting educational experiences deeper than the regular school environment affords. It has been proven that visits to places like zoos, nature centers, community agencies (like fire stations and hospitals), government agencies, local business, and museums increase the chances of the learners retaining what is being taught in the classroom. Findings also reveal that children learn about different professions, ideas, and opportunities when they travel outside their own neighborhood which increases their desire to try new things owing to the interest it sparks in them.
The students of Ladela went to Chopstick for an excursion and it is known as one of the Chinese restaurants with numerous food menu and cheerful meals in Abuja. Definitely, the students that have a great interest in catering or what they do there would have learned more and get inspired by what they see and they will be eager to achieve their dream in that aspect.
Most students don’t know the functions of UNICEF in the world, many have heard of it and they are curious about what this organization does and how they go about it. it has been noticed that the sensitization of UNICEF information online is limited to this Student. Going there actually widened the knowledge of the students on the numerous right a child possessive and at what rate at which this right has been violated in Nigeria. Excursion to an Organization like UNICEF can make these students pick an interest in being a human right activist.
Excursion to another country gives the children exposure to different cultures and world viewpoints. Students on an international excursion get a chance to meet new people and make new friends, offering lots of opportunities to practice their social skills. Meeting new and making new friends will influence the children communication skills and language learning opportunities.
We have been taught all about IDP camp and what happens there but most students find it difficult to believe. As the adage says “seeing is believing”, an excursion to one of those IDP camps will definitely make the student realized how true is what they have been told by their teachers and it will enlighten and broaden the knowledge of the children about IDP in Nigeria and nationwide.
A beach is a place of relaxation but also for learning. an excursion is a fun thing and everybody likes fun. it has been discovered that the air at the beach does not only boost the children immune system but also help balance their levels of serotonin. This improves the children mood and reduces their stress levels, plus it helps them sleep better at night.
If you stay in a busy community like we do, then the chance is high that you need a creche to support you as you juggle between parenting and career growth. You can learn from the experiences of other parents when seeking to choose the right creche for your child; see the 8 simple rules below adapted from parents.com.
1. Pay Attention to Interactions
When you’re visiting a creche, pay attention to how the staff interacts with the children. Ideally, a caregiver should be on the floor playing with the kids or holding one on her lap. In their early years, babies need close, loving, interactive relationships with adults in order to thrive. That’s why it’s especially important that babies’ first caregivers be warm and responsive, and that even in group care, infants and older babies get a healthy dose of one-on-one time.
2. Find out the Level of the Caregivers’ Commitment
Babies need consistent, predictable care. It helps them to form a secure attachment to their caregivers, according to Debra K. Shatoff, a family therapist in private practice in St. Louis. When choosing a creche, find out how long the current caregivers have been working there and how much turnover the creche usually experiences.
3. Do a policy check.
Find out whether you share parenting philosophies on topics such as discipline (Do the caregivers use time-outs, scoldings?); television (Is the TV on all day or used sparingly, if at all?); feeding (What snacks or drinks are provided for older babies?); sleeping (When are naps offered? How are fussy babies put to sleep?); and so forth. Inquire about the sick-child policy (What symptoms prevent a child from attending?). Also, ask whether there’s a backup plan should the caregiver get sick and be unable to work. The more questions you ask early on, the less likely you are to be unpleasantly surprised later.
4. Drop by and spy
While word-of-mouth referrals from other parents or trusted resources are important, you need to look at a place for yourself to assess whether it meets your needs. Of course, any child-care environment should be kept clean, childproofed, and well stocked with sturdy books and toys that are age-appropriate. Other details to consider: When older children share the space, toys with small parts (choking hazards) should be kept away from younger babies. Ideally, infants and babies should have their own area where they won’t get “loved” too much by older toddlers. A room or separate area dedicated solely to swings and bouncers may look appealing at first glance, but keep in mind that growing babies need plenty of floor time to develop and strengthen their muscles. If possible, try to visit the same creche at different times of the day to get a sense of how the staff interacts with the children and what the routine is. You may want to consider popping in unannounced a few times after you’ve enrolled your child, just to see how things are going. Sometimes your visits will confirm that the place is right for you, but sometimes they’ll be a real eye-opener.
5. Keep talking
Until your baby can talk, you will be relying on what the caregiver tells you about your child’s day. Make sure you can communicate comfortably with each other. When you first hand off your child in the morning, you should tell the caregiver how your little one slept the night before, if he is teething, and whether he ate breakfast. At the end of the day you’ll want to know similar information, such as the number of diapers he went through, when he napped, and if he seemed happy overall. It’s always preferable to speak to the caregiver in person. If that’s not possible, ask if there’s a convenient time to phone, perhaps at nap time.
6. Problem-solve pronto.
It’s inevitable that you’ll experience conflicts with your caregiver, both large and small. Address problems right away rather than ignoring them until they grow out of proportion. Some issues can be resolved quickly; others may require more discussion. Whatever the conflict, treat the caregiver in a respectful manner, but don’t be afraid to speak up, says Deborah Borchers, MD, a pediatrician in private practice in Cincinnati. When broaching a difficult subject, ask the caregiver’s opinion, and hear her out. As the parent, you have the final word with an in-home caregiver, but you’re more likely to elicit cooperation if the caregiver knows she has been heard. For example, instead of demanding an earlier nap time to make bedtime easier, ask the caregiver if she has ideas about how to adjust your baby’s schedule so he won’t grow so overtired in the evening.
7. Trust your gut
Every parent knows when something doesn’t feel quite right. You may be turned off by a creche everyone in town raves about or clash with a highly recommended sitter. If that happens, keep searching. Babies deserve, and thrive under, good, nurturing care. If something just doesn’t feel right about your situation, investigate other options.
8. Be open to change.
You’re not married to a particular person or situation, and if things don’t work out, you can always make a switch. Yes, you want consistency for your baby, but that doesn’t mean you can’t alter arrangements. Babies are resilient; as long as they’re having a positive experience with their new caregiver, they’ll be just fine, points out Dr. Shatoff.
No matter what your work hours, you are still your child’s essential caregiver — the most consistent source of love and support in her life. Under your care and guidance, along with the help of your well-chosen caregivers, your baby will flourish and grow into a happy, healthy child.
Is the ability to speak effectively important for teachers? The answer is a resounding yes.
Professional educators keep themselves continuously on an upward learning curve. They know that in addition to regularly upgrading their technical competence, one critical skill that can greatly increase their effectiveness in the classroom and enhance their credibility is the ability to speak effectively.
The ability to speak effectively is a pivotal skill required for almost facet of the teaching profession. Teachers depend on their verbal abilities to carry out their primary responsibility for knowledge sharing. Also, teaching staff communicates vital information about themselves and their schools every time they interface with parents, prospective parents and other stakeholders.
Here are top 4 reasons teaching staff should constantly strive to sharpen their speaking skills:
1. Impact Positively the Speaking Skills of their Students
There is no doubt that the verbal abilities of a teaching staff will to some extent affect the speaking skills of his or her students. Teachers who speak confidently and correctly will set a positive standard for their students to emulate.
2. Create the Right First Impression
First impression matters. Teachers who exhibit effective speaking skills command positive attention and project themselves as true professionals. In addition, when it comes to making an impact with parents, nothing impresses them like teachers who have taken the time to work on their speaking skills.
3. Increase Effectiveness in the Classroom
Effective speaking skills will enable teachers to articulate their ideas with clarity when teaching, as well as make their classes more interesting and engaging.
4. Enhance the Competitive Advantage of Schools
Top educational institutions know that the spoken communication of their teachers can speak volumes about their brand, and ultimately give them an edge over less articulate competitors. One of my clients told me recently that she wanted to change her children’s school. When I asked the reason for her decision, she explained that she has observed that some of her children’s teachers do not speak well. On the positive side, teachers who speak will help to enhance the competitive advantage of their schools, which can boost enrollment.
Do you want to stand out, increase your professional credibility, and create a positive impression of yourself as a teacher? Then give attention to regularly improving your speaking skills.
“Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things.” – Ben Johson
Most parents do not consider music search criteria when seeking to enrol their ward in a school. There is a tendency to focus more on the basic and standard studies in schools such as writing, reading, and arithmetic. Little do they know that music is as important as other subjects.
As we all know, music is the art of combining vocal cords or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. Music is a thing of the soul and mind. It improves the education of our children by helping them make a connection and broadening the degree with which they think and feel and it helps in building children’s intellectual development. Through music, the creativity and perpetual motor skills of the children are increased. The children find it easy to use their imagination or original ideas to create something. Music grooms the personal and social skills and also increase the emotional sensitivity of the children.
Music is an enjoyable subject that helps the skilfulness of memorization of the students and boosts the interest of the child to stay engaged in school. It has been discovered that musically trained participants remembered 17% more verbal information than those without musical training.
Below is a list of top Nigerian schools that have redefined music teaching
Doveland Schools has provided a beautiful classroom with musical instruments and instructor for music lecture and this shows that those in the administration know the importance of music to the children.
Grenville has a standard music classroom with musical instruments which are used to train the students.
We don’t think our list is exhaustive and we will be happy to add more schools. To add your school to this list, simply comment with the name of your school in the box below, sign up or log in to your profile on SchoolsCompass and upload the image of your music activities.
Thanks for helping Nigerian parents choose the best schools for their wards.
The education industry is always agog with one buzzword or the other; from Montessori to adaptive testing, e-learning, mobile learning, etc. Parents usually do not know (usually because they make little or no attempt to learn) know what these buzzwords really mean but always expect schools to not only have the knowledge but also adapt them. This gives school leaders a lot to catch up on and increases the efforts required to not only keep up with trends but stay ahead of it. One of those buzzwords that are currently trending in the Nigerian education space is “Blended Learning”.
In simpler words, blended learning means using face-to-face and online interactions in teaching. A better way to understand it is to think of blended learning as a student-centered approach that integrates learning experiences in online and traditional brick-and-mortar environments. So it is basically a hybrid or mixed-mode of delivering instructions partly through traditional face-to-face interaction as well as via web-based online platforms.
What Blended Learning is Not
Many school owners have a way of defining everything that involves the use of an electronic device as e-learning. Whether it is computer-based testing (CBT), computer-aided instruction (CAI), computer-based instruction (CBI), school management solutions or even basic internet access, everything is tagged e-learning. While this is not absolutely wrong, it makes it more difficult to adequately measure how well schools are integrating technology.
Blended learning is not a type of online learning, neither is it a type of software or computer program. It is simply a way of delivering personalised instructions by ensuring that learners have control over their learning experience without necessarily eliminating the teacher. Personalisation is at the heart of every blended learning activity or instruction.
How Blended Learning Works
Interestingly, even without the direct influence of schools, blended learning adoption has been on the increase given the information literacy ability of today’s learners. It is not uncommon to find learners searching for videos online or reading up on lessons taught in the classroom. Whenever learners rely on online resources (e-learning) to further understand what has been taught in the traditional classroom (face-t0-face student interaction), then blended learning is said to be taking place.
My description of how blended learning works makes it seem like schools have no role to play right? Wrong!
For technology to aid pedagogy, it must be accompanied by fundamental process re-design. Schools are required to create a blended learning experience by designing how exactly technology should be used by the student. For instance, introducing research projects or recommending curriculum-based revision videos to students enables them to explore learning beyond the classroom knowledge which is the flexibility and personalisation blended learning affords.
Interesting Blended Learning Models Nigerian Schools Can Adopt
Let’s define models as process designs. Blended learning models, therefore, are the methods that have been adopted to ensure blended learning takes place. Dreambox learning highlighted 6 common blended learning models summarised below.
1) Face-to-Face Driver Model
Of all the blended learning models, face-to-face driver is the closest to a typical school structure. With this approach, the introduction of online instruction is decided on a case-by-case basis, meaning only certain students in a given class will participate in any form of blended learning. The face-to-face driver approach allows students who are struggling or working above their grade level to progress at their own pace using technology in the classroom.
In lower primary classes where learning abilities are largely heterogeneous and family background plays a major role in the level of intelligence demonstrated by students, the face-to-face driver model makes it possible for learners who may not have enough contextual background to properly comprehend what is being taught in the classroom. Take for instance, in a Social Studies class where students have just learnt about road signs, learners from urban areas would might easily catch-on because they see a lot of road signs every day. This may not be the case for learners from rural or low-income areas. To ensure a balance, the schools need to prepare and recommend online resources to be studied at home before or after classroom instructions. In order to do this more effectively, learning resources must be developed or acquired during the instructional design phase.
2) Rotation Model
In this form of blended learning, students rotate between different stations on a fixed schedule – either working online or spending face-to-face time with the teacher.
The rotation model is ideal for nomadic education. Despite the progress made against illiteracy in Nigeria, more work is needed to be done to ensure that nomadic farmers, herdsmen, fishermen and other itinerant learners receive adequate instruction to make their education at par with other non-itinerant learners. Providing periodic access to learning resources (preferably at a centralised location) will help learners structure their time to accommodate learning
Even in urban areas, introducing library hour in the school timetable where students are expected to use the e-learning facilities provided by the school at a specific period will engender information literacy and self-motivation in the learners. Teachers can give learners assignments and other learning tasks ahead of the library-hour (a way of flipping the classroom) which will then serve as a template for learners during blended learning.
3) Flex Model
Schools who are supporting a large number of non-traditional or at-risk students often choose the flex model of blended learning. With this approach, the material is primarily delivered online. Although teachers are in the room to provide on-site support as needed, learning is primarily self-guided, as students independently learn and practice new concepts in a digital environment.
If you have a group of self-motivated learners who prefer learning at their own pace, then the flex model is for you. With students having access to all the learning resources, the teacher becomes a facilitator or moderator rather than an instructor. This model is most-ideal for senior classes (especially students preparing for national and international terminal examinations). This model is very helpful when learners are way behind schedule and a make-up class is not possible.
Beyond the advantages of the flex model mentioned earlier, it turns out that the model is one of the easiest ways to achieve inclusive education. Using PBS Parents definition, “Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes. Research shows that when a child with disabilities attends classes alongside peers who do not have disabilities, good things happen.” My point exactly is that students who are constantly out-of-school due to a medical or physical condition can keep up with other colleagues when this model is in place.
Let’s sum it up
Congratulations for making it to this point; Blending learning should sound less like another buzzword by now. The goal of blended learning is to empower students to develop their own learning experience. Individualised learning which blended learning engenders empowers students to become self-directed and life-long learners. While there are several other blended learning adoption models we’ve limited the conversation to just three because of how well they resonate with the Nigerian education system.
The face-to-face diver model builds on the successes of the traditional teacher-led classroom lessons while also providing a bridge between slow and fast learners. The rotation model solves the problem posed by time and human resource limitations while the flex model makes it possible for students to fully own their learning experience.