Educational Tips for Government, Parents, Teachers and Students

Educational TipsIMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION! A word that animates my face whenever I hear it. According to Google, education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Well, to me, education is the learning about new ideas, places and the world itself.

There is a great difference between being literate and being educated; the ability to read and write is being literate while being educated is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your advantage.

We ask ourselves sometimes, why is education important, education is very important in our day-to-day activities, I strongly believe that by the time you are through with this article, you would be able to see the importance of education.

First and foremost, being educated makes a person happy. An educated person has little or no job insecurity, no inferiority complex as he/she would be able to defend his/her word anywhere and anytime due to his well organized understanding of the world. Truly, education is not the key to happiness, but it is definitely the key to a lot of other things which come together to make you happy.

Also, being educated gives the will to keep trying till you succeed. An uneducated person may have better intellectual and labour capacity, but there will be the lack of understanding of multiple ways to achieve their goals which is an obstacle.

Being educated also leads to economic growth of the nation. When the people of a nation are EDUCATED and not LITERATE, they would definitely carve ways to be self sufficient. When the people in a society are economically independent, it will serve as a stepping stone to combined productivity that leads to the economic growth of the nation as a whole. Countries like Russia, Canada, Japan, Israel and the United states have been ranked the 5 most educated countries in the world because of the percentage of people who went to school up to the tertiary level but the question is: are they really educated?

An educated person would be able to keep up with evolution. You can only keep up with evolution if you are aware of them. When I say evolution, I mean things like Whatsapp. Imagine what the world would be like without Whatsapp, Facebook, Nimbuzz, Skype, etc, since all these are made to simplify life.

Education makes one logical. An uneducated person would see evolution as an evil machinery. Remember, being educated does not mean you can’t read or write, it means you can’t apply your literacy in your day-to-day life. I was talking to a woman in my area and she was telling me that online shops like Jumia, Konga, etc are the devil’s machinery. Just think, does this mean this person can’t read or write, of course not, she can read and write but it just means she is uneducated. I had to take time to let her know that online shops makes shopping easier for a busy person and also the other benefits attached to it even though it has its own disadvantages like fraud, but only an uneducated person, mind you, I don’t mean an illiterate but an uneducated person that would be defrauded.

There are other benefits attached to education, but I would like to drop my pen here.

Be Educated!!!

How to Be a Nice Teacher

Nice TeacherA while back, I read a book entitled “Fires in the Bathroom”, which describes some students” struggles as high “schoolers” from their perspectives. What I came away with was the idea that students want to be understood and accepted as individuals. The social care is primary while the academic care is secondary. The major theme in the text was that students wanted their teachers to know that they had lives outside of school. Students want to know whether a teacher can identify with their daily struggles. In other words, the relationship piece is essential because students come with a historical, cultural and social phenomenon which teachers must take into account.

Teachers need to have this sense of awareness of not only what is going on inside the classroom but also personally on some level. This requires genuine caring on the teacher’s part which is a symbol for approachability, open mindedness and positivity. The “nice” teacher needs all these elements packaged in his/her demeanor, behavior, and teaching style. For the fortunate one, it may be natural while others have to acquire these talents or skills. Quintessentially, there must be a genuine desire and interest to be that” nice” teacher.

Nice, being the operative word here is not just relegated to superficial acts of kindness, flattery, political correctness or even politeness. There is some wisdom in the statement that:” people will forget what you said and did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” Now, let’s reverse that: “What do you say about and to yourself? Is it kind? One will be genuinely kind to others only if he knows how to kind to himself? How do you handle school related stress? Are you open to growth, personally and professionally? Are you relatable, awake and aware? Are you flexible, fair and organized and willing to seek support in those areas if necessary? To be approachable, open-minded and positive are gifts that you can offer to your students but the teacher has to offer those gifts to himself or herself first. It is a continual process of self-development on the path of leadership.

Some students want their teacher to help them garner a sense of self-respect and accomplishment. They are components of the inner and outer states of being. Being “nice” or pleasant is to show the beauty inherent in education in tangible and intangible ways. The process of education is to help one come into his full orbed greater self and to be satisfied with what we see in the mirror and in others’ mirrors. The teacher is a mirror to the students and vice versa. The wise teacher recognizes that he/she has much to learn from the students and vice versa.

At the secondary level, some students have come to expect a greater level of involvement in their education. For the teacher, this is about releasing control and being vulnerable to some extent. This teacher may be able to do that if he/she is confident in his/her craft and he has managed to balance his professional and personal life. He/she is also at a point of achieving a relatively, satisfied, happy state of being. A stressed, overwhelmed teacher is not usually approachable and positive. My advice to teachers is to take care of yourselves so that you can be fully present for your students.

Effective Teaching Tips From Experienced Tutors

Effective TeachingOne of the problems that many parents today face when it comes to their kids’ studies, is the poor performance in their math subjects. Most of these kids claim that numbers are just naturally confusing, and they become even more so when lessons progress to algebra levels. Classroom learning, where too little leeway is provided if students fail to understand a new lesson, makes the subject even more difficult. There is typically not enough time for students to ask questions and the teachers are too busy to personally guide the ones who are struggling.

In other cases, they are simply in too much of a hurry to get the lessons over and done with. School dynamics are not likely to undergo reforms yet, which is why most parents entrust their children’s learning of math to tutorial centers.

These tutorial centers are the solution to a lot of students’ diminished morale thanks to their less than passable performance in school. With focused guidance, struggling students can learn what they missed or didn’t understand in the classroom. But it is not just helping the children with schoolwork and teaching them what they do not understand that make these tutorial centres very effective. These tutors who help the kids struggling in Math claim that it’s their non-cookie cutter approach that really works well for their tutees.

The first thing they focus on is their connection with their tutees. It’s imperative to develop a solid connection with these children who think or believe that their teachers don’t really care if they learn or not. Such perceptions are corrected so that children will be more receptive to the guidance of their tutors.

The second thing they address is their tutees’ learning style. To make teaching optimally effective, it has to match a child’s learning style. By taking this into consideration, lessons and activities can be designed more appropriately.

And lastly, they make sure that they deal with their tutees’ learning issues with patience, compassion and understanding; this is because children automatically “shut down” when they have a negative experience with the person teaching them or if their needs are seemingly neglected. The tutors constantly remind the young ones that they have an ally in them.

 

5 Easy Ways to Promote Your School

Promote Your SchoolYou might not think that you need to promote your school, but the fact of the matter is that you do. Although your school is part of the fabric of your local community, there are other schools in the neighborhood. Many times parents do have choices in terms of where they place their children.

You want your school to be the first place parents consider when determining the education of their children. You want your school to be the place community leaders cite as an example of a quality education.

There are several avenues for you to promote your school:

Get Your School Press Coverage

You’ve probably heard that there’s a ton of press releases being distributed. There’s a reason for that, it works. In this world tremendous amounts of information are shared every day. Traditional and new media outlets are constantly looking for new stories. Set a schedule at the beginning of each school year. Promote something in the media each month. This helps your community see you as an important and leading player in your district.

Build a solid relationship with your local neighborhood associations. Most of these groups disseminate information about what’s happening in the neighborhood through their own emails or newsletters. Local reporters scan for information from these associations. Journalists then create stories to place in media.

Partner with Local Businesses

Businesses want to be good corporate citizens. One of the ways they get to burnish their own reputations in the community is to do something for a local school or nonprofit. In many communities, schools partner with local businesses. They do so especially during the holidays. Sometimes businesses sponsor for a certain number of days a percentage of sales (typically 10 to 15 percent) to schools and charity.

In return, schools can issue press releases and even promote their events on their websites and social media.

Get in Front of Local Politicians

Let’s face it, local politicians want to get votes. You can like them or not, but they always want to look good to their constituents.

Politicians can serve as good amplifiers for your school. The fact they’re always looking to get in the news can be a good thing for your school. If you invite politicians to your school, you can promote it, but so will they. Invite your local state senator or council person to be principle for the day (or at least the morning).

Don’t Lose Track of Your Alumni

High schools are good about keeping in touch with their alumni. But, just because you work at an elementary school it doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to alums. Many people have very good memories of their schools. You can use this to your advantage.

Make it a point to find one or two key people in every class. Reach out to them. Ask them to help you connect with other alums. With the advent of social media, so many schools have Facebook alumni pages grow organically. And, when you do find these alums, consider creative fundraising and opportunities to keep them engaged (e.g. fun fundraisers, mentorship programs, class fundraising, etc.).

Feeder Schools Are a Great Natural Ally

Feeder schools should be viewed as strategic partners beyond offering a pipeline of students. Relationships can be leveraged to the benefit of your school and theirs.

Always keep good relationships, but think about complimentary programs that you can promote together. Consider events you can both do, get your community to support and participate, and promote these events together. Think of joint fairs, fundraisers and special unity days.

There are other constituents to help promote your school, such as your own students and parent groups. But, the bottom line is to always seek to keep your school front and center in your community. Remember that all of your constituents are amplifiers and can’t help you spread the good word about your school.