The highest calling of today’s education system is to equip students with the characteristics and skills needed to navigate the ever-changing 21st century global economy as adults. We talk a lot about how to engage students and make them better learners, but how often do we step back and consider how to make ourselves better educators? The success of our students and the effectiveness of the education system as a whole starts and ends with the teacher.
Before you can help others learn, you must be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to convey information in a compelling manner.
Teachers truly play incredible roles in students’ lives and especially in the lives of Mathematics students. That is why our 20 “commandments” below appropriately summarizes why our handbooks for Mathematics tutors are important. Keeping these “commandments” in mind the next time you plan a lesson or activity for your students can help you push your class to love mathematics. Don’t be surprised if your class is suddenly looking forward to mathematics time because you’ve successfully made learning more meaningful.
However, what tutors can provide to their students may ultimately depend on the type of school they are working in. Teaching experiences are shaped by a large number of variables, including student preparation, class size, resources, and other demands on our time. Because of this, the things that teachers who work at ivy league schools are able to do in the classroom often are not feasible for other teachers. Also things that worked well in a class of 20 students might not scale well to a class of 60 students. However, rather than finding all the ways that techniques cannot be applied to your classes teachers should look for ways to transform that solution into something that will work for them.
In applying the 20 “commandments” to their work tutors need to remember not all our proposals can apply to all situations in all schools. No passion and creativity can survive increasing class size, low salaries and decimation of support by school management. To affect the lives of their students genuinely and positively mathematics tutors may have to apply self-generated ingenuity and lots of patience and experience. We also know that no two teachers can experience teaching in the same way. We have different personalities, different styles, and allow for organized chaos in different ways.
10 PERSONAL COMMANDMENTS FOR PASSIONATE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
- Activate the attributes of passionate teachers in your classrooms
- Accept that teaching mathematics is a tough but sacred calling
- Emphasize to students why mathematics matter in their lives
- Ensure your proficiency in mathematics is noticeable daily
- Convince yourself you can raise mathematics teaching standards in Nigeria
- Learn how to teach mathematics with passion
- Remember that reducing your students’ anxiety is supreme
- Do not regard mathematics growth mindset as just a modern buzz word
- Promote your students’ mental toughness for mathematics
- Upgrade your mathematics teaching skills regularly
10 CLASSROOM COMMANDMENTS FOR PASSIONATE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
- Determine to change what everyone thinks about mathematics teachers
- Planning is key to effective teaching
- Speak with conviction and make your classroom active
- Demonstrate application of mathematics concepts to reality
- Humanize your mathematics classrooms
- Use teaching aids and technology your school can afford to provide
- Set ground rules for classroom behavior and discipline
- Smash mathematics myths and inspire weak students
- Teach students mathematics study methods
- Ask questions, provide homework, tests, and feedback on performances
EXTRACTED FROM OUR MATHEMATICS HANDBOOKS DUE FOR PUBLICATION LATER THIS YEAR
- HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF MATHEMATICS
- HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MATHEMATICS STUDY SKILLS
- WHAT DO MATHEMATICS EXAMINERS WANT OF YOU?
- A HANDBOOK FOR PASSIONATE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
- STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM
- A HANDBOOK FOR MATHEMATICS INTERVENTIONS IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS
- AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MATHEMATICS FOR NIGERIAN SCHOOLS
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1. Teaching requires consistent modeling, mastery of content, skilled instruction, wise counseling, a servant’s heart, and God’s calling on each teacher’s life.
2. For mathematics, it is impossible to teach it effectively without inspiration and passion. Inspirational teachers are those who can teach in ways that are relevant and exciting to students.
3. The importance of good teaching in mathematics is not in doubt. Teachers are absolutely the key in determining whether a young person succeeds or fails in mathematics. For many students it is the teacher’s call that serves not only as the starting point for the task of understanding mathematics but also as a source of encouragement, focus, and renewal.
4. Mathematics teachers are a unique breed set apart from most teachers. It is the setting apart for a specific work that must distinguish the mathematics educator from all others.
5. The work of mathematics education today includes restoring the bad image of mathematics in students, and thus mathematics education must be seen as more of a remedial work.
6. The work of the mathematics teacher, therefore, goes beyond imparting knowledge through skilled instruction. The role of the mathematics teacher is redemptive in the sense that the teacher is leading young people into a nurturing, cultivating and saving a relationship with mathematics.
7. It is also pastoral in the sense that young people, once redeemed, are taught to obey and be transformed into useful mathematicians for the society or for other upcoming younger mathematics students. This work is therefore unending and in that wise a true calling.
8. Mathematics teachers are like pastors within their classrooms, while pastors are teachers within a congregational setting. But for the passionate mathematics educator, there is the certainty of being set apart for a mathematics ministry.
9. The call Is one of God’s ways for shaping the hearts of students. The call is a “specific setting aside for initiating, guiding, positioning, and intervening in the schooling experiences of students.. It is therefore a clear responsibility for teachers to hear, respond, search, order, and reorder. Passionate mathematics educators who are called can testify to the reality of this process, and it is this reality that is the bedrock of their work .
10. Every parent or school desires to see the lives of its students transformed especially in mathematics. Passionate teachers invest their lives on the basis of the expectation of this transformation, and this expectation is tied directly to the call of each teacher.
11. For every passionate mathematics teacher, there is an anointing of the mind and soul for the work. This anointing is the energizing work that enables and sustains such teachers to succeed in the end and produce fruits from their gardens of labor and love.
12. As a passionate mathematics teacher you feel confidently bestowed with knowledge, skill and oral authority to do the work involved. You know and feel this anointment in your head and within your bones that your capabilities go way past what is required of you by the school or its management. Above all you get constantly reminded or asked from within you whether you are doing well enough up to the level of your given capabilities. Your only joy is when you observe the faces of your students light up or when they are happy to participate in activities planned along with your lessons.
13. Teaching mathematics passionately is a very demanding job. Unfortunately many mathematics teachers get discouraged by poor remuneration or because teaching is neither their calling nor a job they looked forward to being part of. For many mathematics teachers it is difficult to see any glimpse of happiness or passion with the job on their faces.
14. No school, whether public or private, is immune to this problem. But passionate teachers who find themselves in situations like this must remind themselves daily of their calling to intervene actively in the lives of their students and to guide and motivate them by the vision that the renewal of students brings. Students definitely need passionate mathematics teachers who reflect the joy, passion, and dedication that accompany a calling. This type of teachers are important for reaching and transforming young lives in mathematics classrooms
15. If the goals of mathematical education are merely academic, there is no need beyond a “vocational calling.” However, if the goals include an emphasis on relevance to society and building up a new generation of mathematicians to motivate and develop others, then being a passionate mathematics teacher is more like a divine appointment or calling.
16. This contemplation of a call requires a sobering assessment. Do you honestly feel within that you have a call to teach mathematics? Can you point to a time you really felt inside of you that you ought to have a ministry for teaching mathematics? If not, perhaps this lack explains some of the frustration and discouragement accompanying your work.
17. But if you know that teaching mathematics is your calling then perhaps some fresh passion and a renewed commitment are what you need. Our handbook has been prepared to help you receive fresh anointing for the job. We wish and pray that you will find satisfaction and re-establishment through its pages.
AN EXTRACT FROM
A HANDBOOK FOR THE PASSIONATE MATHEMATICS TEACHER
ONE OF THE 7 HANDBOOKS ON MATHEMATICS WE ARE PUBLISHING IN 2020
LAGOS BOOKS CLUB
NEITHER WHO NOR THE MADAGASCAR MEDICAL ACADEMY SUPPORTS IT
WITH REGARDS TO FAKE AUDIO INFO BEING CIRCULATED ABOUT COVID19 AND FESTAC
Firstly this is fake news/info.Did she tell u her name ?
Secondly when we get messages like this we must ask ourselves for the source and the connection between the source and the reason for the video.
Thirdly i believe we are interconnected in Lagos such that we can check out some of these info from time to time.
Fourthly do the records of Covid cases put out by govt support what u have in the audio? By Lagos state records this area has one of the lowest incidences in Lagos.
Do records from testing centres in the area confirm what is in the audio?
From Lagos State COVID team how many people from Festac and surroundings are in Isolation or have died from the plague?
The other day an estate around Lekki was sharing palliatives systematically and in an organized fashion .But someone came out of the estate to lie that the estate was under attack by hungry hoodlums. Eventually the truth came out..It came out because members of the estate countered the lies and the lady was traced and made to confess she lied
This audio without a name is also very fake.
We elites are the ones sharing these usually fake info from those who are less intelligent.
I mean how and why will u create such an audio without any name?
Lagos Books Club, Festac
FROM THE MEETING OF YESTERDAY ANY GOVERNOR OR HOA CAN FOR UNKNOWN REASONS BECOME A STUMBLING BLOCK TO AMOTEKUN IN THEIR STATE.
AMOTEKUN SHOULD HAVE BEEN QUIETLY FORMED AS A CORPORATE SECURITY OUTFIT UNDER THE ODUA GROUP.
THEY COULD HAVE OPERATED IN ALL THE S-W STATES PLUS KWARA, KOGI AND EVEN EDO STATES.
SUBSEQUENTLY ALL PERMISSIONS NEEDED TO OPERATE AS A SECURITY BODY COULD HAVE BEEN OBTAINED BEFORE THE LAUNCHING.
I AM AFRAID ALL THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOW!
*OGUNLANA READING ROOM FESTAC*
Our grandchildren are with us for holidays, briefly though.
These notes were written for my family whatsapp last night.I am sending them to my social networks and my blogs in case it might inspire some grandpas and grandmas to take their children out to some places near their residences that might excite the children
HERE IS THE STORY OF A TRIP made to replace their just sitting at home watching DSTV.
Hope u will find the notes and pics useful for your personal use.
Trip for today included NIPOST, FIRE SERVICE, POLICE STATION, ITUAH HOSPITAL, EVA BOOKSHOP, TFC.
All places visited were in Festac. No traffic hold-up and cost next to nothing.
1.NIPOST…reconstruction going on….everywhere is tight but they gave us lots of attention despite no notice through their PRO and another woman Very nice people.Among services they provide is bus transportation for school excursions which I was never aware of.
2.At the Fire Service it was the same.The children climbed the fire truck, sat on the driver’s seat..Lots of services being provided too. including supplies and servicing of fire extinguishers.In the past Mason College used to go as far as Ojuelegba and Alaba market for such services
The fire engine looked rather old compared to all the beautiful houses in Festac that might need them.I have decided to draw the attention of Festac residents and Rotary Clubs around to this fact through FB, Twitter and my blogs .
3.At the police station we just wanted to take pictures with the men at the gate but one of their officers invited us to bring the children inside for a brief talk which they gave.
4.Next to Dr Ituah’s hospital and Anna Hall both located at the end of 512 rd Festac.He has been our family doctor for decades. Handled all their mothers while they were growing up. His children also attended my tutorial school.We took pics with him and his nurses.
5.Then to EVA or AVA bookshop close to the hospital. Proprietress also had a child in my school.All grown up now.
6.We bought ice cream at TFC then proceeded to my wife’s shop B-Jeweled on 32 Road
7.While at B-Jeweled we bought some maize and pear from a place nearby to take home.
As soon as we were in we celebrated with the corn and pear.😁
Yes they enjoyed the day rather than sitting down and watching Cartoon Network.
So when will u do yours and let’s read about it to inspire other oldies like us?
End of story and thanks for reading.
Today,I gave a keynote address to parents, staff and pupils of Moralville Academy at TFC Place in Festac. I attended because the proprietress gave me a long notice and reminded me often.I also attended because she is my ex-student who told me that I am an inspiration on school administration to her.
The ceremony was gorgeous and I felt a bit emotional seeing my other ex-students with their children, the decor, the organizational efficiency, the happy children and their proud parents.
It reminded me of something I posted on my FB wall about a month ago
“….IT IS THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT OF A TEACHER TO ENABLE HIS STUDENTS SURPASS HIM…”..JOHN KEMENY
The gathering had representation of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria. No politics, no hate, no tribal profiling. They were Nigerians all discussing as one. From the ceremony u couldn’t help noticing that most Nigerians do not have problems with themselves until pastors, imams, politicians start playing their usual games on their minds.
Congrats to the children,parents,and staff of Moralville Academy.Congrats to Mr and Mrs Ogunde.May God bless the lovely work you are doing with those children IJN…AMEN
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WHAT IS MATHS CLINIC?
Maths Clinic is a program designed to bring students who are lagging behind in Maths up to the level of achievement realized by their peers. There are a number of reasons why a student might need Maths Clinic. It is a motivational attempt to make Maths make sense to struggling students. That is, to make Maths have a human face and not to be like a ghost that cannot be seen. If properly delivered it looks and feels like a class of History, Literature, English of mathematics. it is an attempt to teach Maths for human beings and not aliens
Some students attend schools of poor quality and don’t receive adequate grounding in Maths and Language to prepare them for external exams or for life. Other students may have transferred in and out of schools or missed school a lot, creating gaps in their Maths education which contribute to lack of knowledge in the core subject. Students may fear or hate Maths while others may have learning disorders and other issues which have impaired their ability to learn the subject.
One major objective of Maths clinic is to reduce or wipe out the defeatist thinking or attitude of students. This is done by stepping back to more foundational topics to “HYPE THE PSYCHE” or to engage in thorough counseling. All the students might not be in a position to solve all Maths problems at the end of a few weeks but tutors of the clinics must try to modify (if they cannot change) students’ attitude of panic towards Maths.
Maths clinics are not usually conducted like regular Maths lectures They are more like psychological booster programs for students who find Maths or Maths tutors rather unfriendly or difficult to understand. Maths clinics are special in that they have particular needs to fill using particular methods. The mathematics curriculum blends conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application of mathematics content. To meet the individual needs of all students, instruction and assessment are differentiated within the classroom to support the success of all students.
Maths Clinic classes should be a mixture of learning and fun which students can look forward to. They are also supposed to stimulate and refresh students during the period. The goal of clinics and seminars should be to challenge, amuse and provoke students into seeing, thinking and acting in many usual and unusual recreational ways to understand what used to be difficult for them…..Read more notes on the following from our book……
SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR POOR MATHS STUDENTS
Maths Clinic Teaching Strategies/Practical Examples of Maths Clinic Activities/Sample Maths Quiz Collection for Group Activity in a Maths Clinics
SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT FEARS
There is no reason to pretend that Maths is easy. To be candid Maths requires a lot of effort and hard work and consumes a lot of energy and cognitive power. Maths is a language with a unique vocabulary, written sometimes with a dizzying array of often incomprehensible symbols. No matter how simple it may be, solving Maths can also be a challenge for quite a number of persons. Not all students are gifted mathematicians. Maths is not easy to be friendly with until most of the anxiety and fears are removed as being proposed by us below.
For Maths, no single text can make all the difference needed by students. They need far more help than what their recommended books or classroom teachers can give them. Nevertheless, we feel that readable handbooks like ours, arranged appropriately to motivate them towards having a friendlier relationship with Maths would be a partial solution to removing their anxiety, fears and sometimes ignorance about the subject.
It is with great pleasure that we introduce our four books specifically written to assist and reduce the anxiety and hatred of Maths by students. We assure every reader, whether student, tutor or even parents that these books are loaded with many relevant approaches for learning/teaching the subject.
The books are the outgrowth of our remedial work with Maths students over many years. They constitute an effort to guide students, teachers, parents, schools and administrators in taking necessary measures at improving the habit of studying Maths. The various techniques mentioned in the books if practiced or taught to students in the correct manner will help them reduce the quantum of failures to a minimum and will further improve their confidence.
We wish to restate that they would be suitable particularly for WAEC, NECO, JAMB classes and examinations. Even some A-Levels and university students who want to brush up on the basics will also find a lot of useful content in the books.
FG and ASUU, end this strike –
The on-going strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] was declared by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi as total, indefinite and comprehensive. He said there will be no teaching, examination, supervision or attendance at statutory meetings of any kind while the strike action lasts.
The goal of the strike, Ogunyemi said, is to compel government to address critical issues including funding for revitalization of public universities based on the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] of 2012, 2013 and the MOA of 2017; reconstitution of Government’s current team to appoint a leader of its renegotiating team “who has the interest of the nation at heart”; release of forensic audit report on Earned Academic Allowance [EAA] payments; settlement of all outstanding EAAs and mainstreaming of same into salaries beginning with the 2018 budget.
Other ASUU demands include payment of EAAs to University of Ilorin lecturers without further delay; payment of arrears of salary shortfalls to all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit [PICA]; provision of a platform for ASUU to engage governors on proliferation of universities, underfunding of university education and undue interference in state universities’ affairs; and release of Pension Fund Administrator’s [PFA] operational license to NUPEMCO.
At Senate plenary last week, Chairman of Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund Senator Barau Jibrin blamed federal government for not implementing agreements it reached with ASUU. Meanwhile, Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has appealed to striking ASUU members to exercise restraint in their demands. He said ASUU’s problems with government began during Umaru Yar’adua’s administration in 2009. He said the 2009 agreement between ASUU and federal government provided for funding of universities with N1.3 trillion over a six-year period. The minister however said the government could not fulfill its pledge because international oil prices crashed after 2009. Past administration made promises to the union when the economy was resilient, he said.
Malam Adamu also said at the inception of this administration, the country’s economy slid into recession with consequences for all sectors including education. Now that our economy has exited recession, Adamu appealed to parents, students and ASUU to continue to exercise restraints while government responds to the plight of the education sector.
It would be recalled that the 2009 agreement is the originating document from which other MOUs were entered into by federal government and ASUU. Issues in the 2009 agreement centered on increased funding, academic freedom and university autonomy. In 2012, government raised a panel that visited all public universities and assessed their needs. The Needs Assessment report informed the signing of the 2013 MOU. Due to failures experienced in implementation of the 2009 and 2013 MOUs, the federal government in September last year signed a Memorandum of Action [MOA] with ASUU. The 2013 MOU and the 2017 MOA both originated from the 2009 agreement.
Failure by successive administrations to honour the terms of agreements reached with ASUU is a major indictment on government. The current strike could have been forestalled if government had invited ASUU to re-negotiate the terms of the MOUs and MOAs based on the economic challenges facing the present administration. To that extent ASUU’s action is justified but it is important for its members to appreciate that there are other sectors with competing needs.
Critical though education is to the country’s development, not all of its needs can be met because other sectors also have pressing demands. There has been no prolonged ASUU strike action since 2013. Relative stability achieved in the academic calendar has restored parents’ confidence in our public universities. This huge gain must not be frittered away. Prolonged ASUU strike actions since the 1990s created a situation where the elite sent their children to foreign universities in Europe, UAE, Malaysia, Ghana and Benin Republic.
We urge both sides back to the table to re-negotiate the 2017 MOA within bounds of economic reality. This strike action must not become protracted with hardship for students, parents and the lecturers themselves.
FOR SALE: SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR STRUGGLING MATHS STUDENTS
A.SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL STUDIES, EXAMINATION SEMINARS AND MATHS CLINICS (BY EDUPEDIA ASSOCIATES)
M40. Education in Nigeria and relevance of Edupedia Associates
M41.The Painful Nigerian Secondary School System
M42. The Life of an “Average” Nigerian Secondary School Student
M43. The Case for Improved Educational Support Services
M44. After-School Classes
M45.School-based Remedial Studies
M46.School-based Examination Seminars
M47.School-based Maths Clinics
M48.Checklists for teaching Maths and other Sciences
M18.10 Global inspirational experiences for Maths students
M49.Achievement of Remedial Studies and Parents’ Testimonials
M50.Testimonials by students
M51.About Edupedia Associates
M52.Remedial Studies Terminologies Available at Edupedia Associates
B.MATHS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TECHNIQUE(OR WHAT WAEC/NECO MATHS EXAMINERS EXPECT YOU TO KNOW)
M101.Maths syllabuses and examination schemes (WAEC/NECO/UTME)
M102.How WAEC/NECO set exam questions
M103.Getting ready for WAEC/NECO exams
M104.Mapping out a revision strategy
M105.Interacting with revision materials
M106.Pointers and words of wisdom directly from WAEC
M107.180 WAEC Maths theory questions, answers and guidelines for revision
M108.Dos and Don’ts on the day of exam and in the exam hall
M109.Getting ready for theory/objective questions, emergencies and dealing with panic
M110.How WAEC/NECO mark Maths examination scripts
4. EDUGUIDE BOOKS & REFERENCES
5. ABOUT THE EDITORS (BACK PAGE)
FOR SALE:SMART MATHS TIPS FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS
A.SMART MATHS TIPS FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS
B.MATHS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TECHNIQUE(OR WHAT WAEC/NECO MATHS EXAMINERS EXPECT YOU TO KNOW)
M1.Maths syllabuses and examination schemes (WAEC/NECO/UTME)
M2.How WAEC/NECO set exam questions
M3.Getting ready for WAEC/NECO exams
M4.Mapping out a revision strategy
M5.Interacting with revision materials
M6.Pointers and words of wisdom directly from WAEC
M7.180 WAEC Maths theory questions, answers and guidelines for revision
M8.Dos and Don’ts on the day of exam and in the exam hall
M9.Getting ready for theory/objective questions, emergencies and dealing with panic
M10.How WAEC/NECO mark Maths examination scripts
4. EDUGUIDE BOOKS & REFERENCES
5. ABOUT THE EDITORS (BACK PAGE)