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TEACHING GOOD HABITS IS ESSENTIAL TO EDUCATION.

It might not immediately seem so, but having children learn good habits is essential to preparing them to be successful in life. As such, we must invest in teaching good habits.

For example, it has been proven again and again that beyond talents and skills, personal discipline is far more crucial to success, whether one is an employee or an entrepreneur. On the job or as a business owner, things will not always go right. Sometimes, those dark period s are prolonged. It takes sheer force of discipline to stand through those stormy times. How is does this reflect on education?

As we teach our children arithmetic, languages, sciences, arts and any other field of knowledge, it is essential that we teach them the following habits too:

– Discipline

– Endurance

– Persistence

What other habits are essential to giving children a good foundation for dealing with life”s issues? Here is another list:

– honesty

– empathy and care for others

– the ability to recover from setbacks

– responsibility

In particular, some children have problems developing social skills. These are skills that are essential to interacting harmoniously with others. They need to be taught to children so that they develop them as life-long habits. Social skills include:

  • communication: talking, listening to others and understanding what thy heard
  • observing and understanding body language
  • thinking through the effects of their actions on others

The above lists are not exhaustive. Child care experts tell us that human beings learn much of their life-long character in their early childhood years. This underscores the need for us to teach good habits to children as early as possible.

Education is not only about being able to add, do sums, paint, draw, and learning of skills. It is the development of the whole child such that in addition to skills, the child is able to live, interact and work with others to achieve shared goals. After all, he will have to grow up and exist within society

 

IF A CHILD CAN’T LEARN THE WAY WE TEACH…..

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It is a good idea to attempt to understand the learning pattern of a child, and then utilise what we learn in our teaching processes. Why? Not every person is the same. And not every child is certainly the same. A one-size-fits-all approach to teaching will only produce skewed results, leaving some children out in the cold and with poor results. When we attempt to teach in ways that help a child better understand our message, we produce better results.

If a fish and a cat are given the same task of climbing a tree, the fish will end up with horrible results that would make it seem like a useless animal. Yet, that is far from the truth. The fish has its areas of strength, but to maximise those, tasks that are specific to fishes have to be set instead.

Many children, for example, will find pure arithmetic (and mathematics in general) boring. But these subjects can be taught in entertaining and engaging ways. Here are a few examples of how we can pattern our approach to help our wards and pupils learn better:

–        We can teach basic addition and subtraction using objects and images that children love and find interesting.

–        We can use simple stories that appeal to their easily excited and distracted minds.

–        We can use music and video as media to pass across simple concepts and formulas

Pictorial, audio and video materials help keep children’s attention on the subject, for if you cannot hold someone’s attention, you cannot teach them. Beyond holding their attention, the children begin to develop cognitive skills very early in life. These skills form the foundation of a robust life of learning.

Whatever we do in the course of raising and teaching our children, whether in school or at home, we need to present information to them in a way that they understand and can think and process it. Learning to process and apply information, after all, is the core of what education is.

Developing The Potentials Of A Primary School Pupil

One of the most important stages in schooling is the primary education.  The necessity of a good primary education program cannot be taken lightly because this is where the basics are laid and develop. When the foundation principles are not properly taught or assimilated during these years, children will have difficulty understanding the more complicated lessons in secondary school or at the university. Worse, students will no longer be confident to take higher education simply because they find the lessons too difficult to understand.

On the other hand, a solid foundation prepares the student to tackle higher education with confidence. Learning materials that comply to set standards of educations like the Universal Basic Series are great tools that could empower students toward excellence. These books feature innovations that are aimed to hone the primary students’ potentials to the maximum. With the implementation of the UBE curriculum, primary school books in Nigeria should be created in line with its requirements.