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Girls will Rule

There are some disturbing facts facing girls all over the world. Some of them include that: One in 3 girls in developing countries are married before turning 18 Poor girls are 2.5 times more likely to marry in childhood than wealthy girls Child marriage usually ends a girl's education, and puts her at greater risk…

Happy Independence Day Nigeria – Are you Raising Independent or Contingent Children?

It is true that from infancy, humans are on a quest for independence. Every time we celebrate the Independence Day in Nigeria, I feel that raising our children to learn to be independent as adults is a task many educators and parents struggle with. Especially in a country that is independent yet dependent. It is…

Nigerian Teachers not using Twitter are Missing

Twitter for Teachers....yes tweech me too! Three truths. Truth is many Nigerian teachers speak of training as though it must always come at a cost. The other truth is most Nigerian teachers speak of  professional development as though it must be done by the schools we work for and not ourselves. Third truth is many…

Benefits of General Rubrics for Improving Students’ Participation

General rubrics are great tools for identifying students' participation, engagement and understanding during any classwork. They improve teacher student relationships in ways that allow students to express feedback while teachers mindfully help. They are  use criteria and descriptions of performance that generalize across (hence the name general rubrics), or can be used with, different tasks. The…

In the Pursuit of Authenticity….with Botched Certificates?

Botched. Meaning: 1. To carry out (a task) badly or carelessly. 2. To perform poorly or ruin through clumsiness or ineptitude. "he was accused of botching the job" synonyms: bungle, do badly, do clumsily, make a mess of, mismanage, mishandle,mangle, fumble Authenticity. Meaning: The quality of being genuine, real or original. Quite frankly, a lot of certificates making the rounds through…

Happy Children’s Day

Happy Children's Day to you all. I think about these poignant words of one the world's greatest thinkers of our time. "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way it treats its children."  Nelson Mandela Very quickly I think of how every word spoken about sustainable development is directly interwoven…