Today is my 18th day working as a public school teacher in Ogun State, Nigeria. Communication barrier, low culture of achievement, and a lack of motivation for learning, are some of the dire challenges I’m grappling with. Thankfully, all of these issues can be improved upon, and surmounted.
This week I’ve had to facilitate the learning of addition of 3-digit numbers. To teach this, I used the addition by regrouping method, which builds on pupils knowledge on place values which we learnt last week. To tackle the communication barrier, I’ve had to incorporate a lot of visual aids, hand gestures and practical activities into my teaching.
For this particular lesson, I asked my pupils to do 5-second mental sums, and whoever got the sums right got to pick from my magic bag (basically a black nylon bag ☺). Inside the bag were paper balls with a 3-digit number written on…
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