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Technology is a poor substitute for personal interaction – Why We Must Take Our Kids Off Screens

Children who are heavy users of electronics may become good at multitasking but they can lose the ability to focus on what is important which is a critical trait for developing deep thoughts and problem solving skills - inevitable skills needed for many jobs and various life's endeavours. The American Academy of Pediatricians maintains that…

Close Reading – What is it? What Can This Practice Do For You & Your Child?

Close reading is careful and purposeful rereading of a text. It describes, in literary criticism, the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of text. This kind of reading places great emphasis on the single concepts over the general, paying close attention to individual words, syntax (the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in…

About The Eight Types of Intelligences and How They are Different from The Learning Styles You Know

Got this insightful piece from edutopia.org. Read and gain so much for yourself and your student or child. Many educators have had the experience of not being able to reach some students until presenting the information in a completely different way or providing new options for student expression. Perhaps it was a student who struggled…

Pictures & Highlights from The Learning Craft Chat Room 1.0

Engaging! Insightful! Interactive! These are some of the feedback received after The Learning Craft Chat Room 1.0 which took place on the 26th of June 2015 at the Westwood Hotel Ikoyi Lagos. Participants included parents, teachers, principals, education advocates, and the media. Conversations were all about INCLUSIVE EDUCATION. We experienced new learning. We were not…

How Teachers Can Help Slower-Paced Learners
How Teachers Can Help Slower-Paced Learners

How Teachers Can Help Slower-Paced Learners

Teachers tend to give accolade or attach more importance to faster-paced learners in their classrooms. Certainly, they should not take for granted the importance of celebrating faster learners, but they must be mindful of their ultimate task which is to ensure that all learners are dutifully carried along and classes are always beneficial to all.…

Chibok Girls: One Year Gone! #NeverToBeForgotten
Chibok Girls: One Year Gone! #NeverToBeForgotten

Chibok Girls: One Year Gone! #NeverToBeForgotten

All they did was to go to school. Many of them loved to read. Many had bright hopes for their future and for their immediate families. That night of horror in the Chibok village! How do they feel wherever they are? Can we imagine their grief? How are their families coping? Where are they? Can…

The Power of Poetry in Primary Classrooms
The Power of Poetry in Primary Classrooms

The Power of Poetry in Primary Classrooms

I found this eye opening piece on edutopia.org and I knew it was just right to share. There are many modern poets saying valid and beautiful things about the world, but few people are buying their books. Walk around any book shop and you might struggle to find the typically tiny poetry section. The art…

Should Etiquette Be Taught in Schools?
Should Etiquette Be Taught in Schools?

Should Etiquette Be Taught in Schools?

Interestingly, this is always a good conversation starter among teachers and parents with both sides disagreeing to agree and finally coming to a conclusion that connects us all. An opinion goes, "Yes, etiquette should be taught in school. Parents obviously see no importance anymore in teaching their children how to be polite in social and…