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BAF Consultant, Facilitators Deliberate on Effective Teaching Methods in Public Schools, Call for Cross Curricular Linkage

BAF Consultant, Facilitators Deliberate on Effective Teaching Methods in Public Schools, Call for Cross Curricular Linkage

Ahead of the third training workshop under Continuous In-service Training for Public Primary School Teachers (CITPPST) programme, more than ten veteran educators and trainers have met to discuss strategies for the adaptation and implementation of appropriate teaching methods in primary schools in order to achieve the desired learning outcomes.

The Training of Trainers (TOT) session organized by the Bunmi Adedayo Foundation was preparation for the commencement of the 2020 phase of the session-long Education Intervention Programmes of BAF. These interventions aim to provide 21st century pedagogic, leadership, digital and life skills training for beneficiaries in a pragmatic and hands-on manner.

 

Teachers are wrong when they think that the pupils are empty; no, they have something to say, an example to give, facts to provide that will help the teacher achieve the learning goals. A competent teacher should not dominate the entire learning process – Abimbola Osagie

 

The Programme Lead Consultant, and Founder of Highrank Curriculum, Mr. Akin Alamu commended the Foundation for its need-based programme design and implementation strategy and assured the gathering of experts that there would be a significant improvement in the quality of teachers and their attitude to work at the end of the second Monitoring and Evaluation exercise scheduled for the first quarter of the year 2020.

Mr. Alamu stated that the behavioral objective of every teaching activity cannot be optimally achieved when the teachers adopt teaching methods that are inappropriate for the subject, topic of the lesson and the dynamic pupils they teach.

In his words, he noted that “One method cannot serve all and our teachers need to be hardworking to be dynamic in the application of the appropriate teaching methodology and ensure the process is not compromised. In developing a 21st-century quality pupil, teachers must emphasize on the process because it is more important than the product or endpoint.”

One of the Facilitators, Mrs. Abimbola Osagie while advocating for a pupil-centered approach stressed that pupils should be engaged in the teaching and learning process. She faulted the existing perception among most public-school teachers that the pupils have no relevant contribution to make to the lesson. “Teachers are wrong when they think that the pupils are empty; no, they have something to say, an example to give, facts to provide that will help the teacher achieve the learning goals. A competent teacher should not dominate the entire learning process,” she said.

Other teaching methods advocated at the session include process-focused, differentiated instructional method, experimental, questioning, problem-solving, simulation, role-play, practice test, debate, team teaching, self-study, discussion, peer critique, self-marking, brainstorming, and scenario or case study methods among others.

Another Facilitator, Mrs. Adekogbe Dideolu charged other educators to encourage training beneficiaries to carry out cross-curricular linkage in the teaching process. Cross-curricular link is terminology in pedagogy that involves applying knowledge, principles, values, example, etc. to more than one subject. She stated that when pupils see the connection between the different subjects, the knowledge becomes more relevant and this builds the ability of the pupils to apply lessons into life practices.

Earlier, the Programme Director of the foundation, Mr. Femi Martins charged the facilitators to see themselves as co-players in improving the learning outcomes of education in the nation. He reiterated the organization’s commitment to its vision to bridge the gap between public and private education in Nigeria and ensure that the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of the pupils are developed so that they can leverage on the foundation as they proceed with other academic pursuits. He also emphasized that the foundation will continue to train teachers across the nation with a readiness to partner with organizations and private sector companies to achieve its vision.

179 School Managers and their Assistants, as well as 885 Classroom Teachers from 75 Schools across 5 Local Government Areas of Lagos State, are currently benefiting from the intervention. Existing Partners on the programme are Google.Org, GlobalGiving UK, Seven-Up Bottling Company and Tastee Fried Chicken.

For inquiries on partnerships, kindly leave a line in the comment section or send an email to partnership@bunmiadedayofoundation.org.

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