Child Development

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Today I wish to Introduce you to the Zone of Proximal Development. In this zone the learner is at the Half way mark in the all important learning journey.

They can do a lot but they still need some form of guidiance. Hence it is the difference between what they can do with support and what they cannot do.

What happens most times is that the progress of this zone is truncated and the learner is unable to attain the heights they should because they do not have enough support to progress into the Zone where the learner begins to display characteristics of Mastery. (See picture)👆🏿👆🏿👆🏿👆🏿👆🏿

Dear parent, manage your expectations. As in all things, crafting the foundation takes time if you want to build right. The environment at home should also be condusive to learning. When home and school work together, the child is always a stronger learner.

This phase must not be rushed just because everyone wants to hear that all is peachy. In this zone scaffolding must be provided to move the student towards heights attainable. Look beyond today and work towards building, nurturing and grooming the adults of tomorrow.

Learning is a process and it is progressive in nature. We do not have a magic wand to make all gaps go away and speed up the process. In actual fact, we do not need the wand because we would rather watch understanding and independence being developed steadily but strongly in each child.

Trust the process, It works.


Hello all,

I am an Assessment Lead and a teacher coach plus a few extra roles… The One I love the most is, TEACHING.

I seem to come alive when I teach. It is such a pleasure to share of my knowledge and expertise and it is always very uplifting when My students tell me how excited they are and eager to try out new things.

My advice, #Research deeply into your subject area before you try to teach others.

Much as I seem to do it effortlessly, it has taken me years to build my practice. Still, prior to each meeting, I rehearse an entree which I find, I never ever use.

Still… Being prepared is #Best #Practice.

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YouSafe Verification Systems

Introducing “YouSafe Verification Systems”.

Safety and security is a number one priority in all sectors, but financial resources are and can often be stretched thin.

We can however assure you that with YouSafe Verification systems, we will find you the solutions to fit your unique needs.

As a consideration of the high premium placed on safety, as a company, we have developed a system that will work effectively within the general constraints of internet connectivity and power concerns that could exist in our part of the world.


YouSafe Brief:

YouSafe is secure, verification System encoded onto a card. Each card is Pin protected ensuring only the actual recipient can use the card.

“YouSafe” is cloud based hence cost effective and it possesses excellent functionality.

It involves a two-stage authentication process and the use of a unique PIN is just one of our in-built safety measures. It also involves automated notification as soon as user authentication is successful.

YouSafe meets the major criteria as listed below:

  1. Secure and easy to deploy
  2. Simple user interface
  3. Cost effective solution
  4. Easy to deploy in any location and for a variety of uses
  5. Fool proof system
  6. Staff attendance tracking


  1. Schools
  2. Offices
  3. Churches
  4. Weddings
  5. Exclusive Events
  6. Hidden destination weddings
  7. Electronic Business cards
  8. VIP Categorizations
  9. Training Verification
  10. So much more


  1. All subscribers have assigned pin protected cards (Service dependent)
  2. Dedicated SMS Hotline
  3. Costs vary depending on Service needed and number of subscribers signed onto the service.
  4. One-off service charge for uploading the software**.


  1. Secure verification systems
  • Elimination of Manual sign in and out
  • Time tracking for resumption and closing
  • Low Initial Capital cost
  • Quick and Easy to Deploy
  • Very cost effective and sustainable
  • Paperless system
  • Low System Maintenance cost
  • Quick and Automated Notification via SMS (Carrier dependent) and Email.
  • Accurate time and date tracking information
  • Easy to deploy on the School Bus
  • Option of picture on cards available
  • Cards can be re-used.

In closing, be assured that being professional and ensuring a smooth deployment of our solutions in a cost-effective manner, is our topmost priority.

We look forward to working with you per your safety and safety arrangements.

Please email for more information

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Abuja Training



Dear Madam/Sir,

We use this opportunity to introduce to you our Ages and Stages Training. This Training is part of our Kinesthetic Parenting and Educators series developed to enhance Home and School Synergies. The aim is to ensure that the people who relate with the child, professionally and otherwise, understand their roles and have the tools necessary to groom these children to be the best they can be. Via the Ages and Stages platform, we hope to develop the Whole Child such that we can be part of grooming well-adjusted adults.

This a personal invitation to you to join us on the 11th of November 2017, in Abuja for this inaugural event, Themed ‘Mindset Shift’. The time is now to ensure that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged so they can grow into knowledgeable, healthy, accountable and self-sufficient adults.

This training is developed to address the needs of Parents, School owners, Principals, Classroom teachers, Head teachers and Policymakers. Focus areas include:

  1. How to develop deep learners via evidence based strategies.
  2. Effective teacher pedagogy
  3. Engage with speakers and panelists, sharing expertise, stories, and solutions
  4. Work interactively through tailored school enhancement activities.

As a school owner, you also have the opportunity to request for a School Site Specific meeting. These sessions are available on a first booked basis.

At A.G.E Kyndle, we see parents and educators as life-long learners who constantly make strategic decisions about the future. The effectiveness of these decisions is based summarily on professional exposure and experiences. This is a major thrust of Mindset Shift.

Investment: N10, 000 /participant; Group Discount (5 People): N8, 500/ participant.

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We look forward to meeting you and embarking on this collaboration.


For some weird reason people assume that being an entrepreneur is a walk in the park.

A stay home and drink wine all day type of life… it is not.

It is tough and you never get days off.

If you plan to start off on your own, my advice:

  1. Start it on the side till it gets big enough to take all your time
  2. Give your best where you are. This is a set-up for your future referrals.
  3. Forget about the nay sayers….. If they could, they will not spend so much time talking.
  4. Work as hard as you never could.


See you at the TOP.

Back to School: School Focus

Getting your school ready for the new school year.

Towards the end of August, most schools’ wind down their summer camps/programs, however, this does not necessarily mean they wind down operations. The curtains call on summer camps, signals a change in gear in the preparations towards the new Academic Year. The Almighty ‘Resumption Day’ is the new D-Day.

If is important to note that as a school, you need to plan for everything – Staffing, Children (new and returning), Parents (new and returning) Staff, Vendors and of course, government officials. However, regardless of your status as parent, staff or school, it is critical to make the often-exacting transition from holiday to school, easier with proper planning.

In this context, the term ‘Resumption’ is a verb involving the action of students returning to school after a long holiday period. This activity is a culmination of several process reviews aimed at ensuring readiness of the entire school community inclusive of the children, their parents and of course the staff. All these reviews, must be translated into action points which have due dates, usually before the D-Day.

I will provide a checklist that sadly does not cover all the elements to plan for, but will provide a good chunk of planning focus. If these areas are covered adequately, we can safely say ‘we will start the new school year on the right footing’.

I will group the ‘To Dos’ for schools into three major categories:

  • School
  • Student
  • Parents

Each of these categories is a focus area for the school as an institution and will be elucidated below:

The School: For the School, I will begin with the Leadership Structure. All  organizations must have a Senior Management Team and a Leadership team; Schools are not exempt. These Leadership structures are necessary because every organization is involved in Leadership, Management and Administrative functions. In Schools, the Management Team should not focus on administrative functions as these make up most of the daily activities of the school, cutting across classroom and administration, and it very time and energy consuming. The SMT in a school, should be involved in charting strategic directions and finding ways to diversify the business arm of the school, thus ensuring economic relevance and core business sync.

Hence, the first step in the Back to School Journey, is a review of the Leadership team.

These teams may have overlaps in terms of personnel but not in terms of specific functions.

The SLT is responsible for setting the direction and overseeing the set-up of the following items as related to ‘Back to School’. The itemization does not follow any order.

  • Academics
  1. Curriculum overview
  2. Curriculum mapping and termly scheme review
  3. Book Purchase
  4. Uniform purchase
  5. Assessment alignment
  6. Class structure
  7. Set the tone for pedagogy
  8. Student pre-assessments
  9. Entry tests for new students
  10. Documentation and Display
  11. Staff Training
  12. Student Pre-Assessment prep
  13. Class Structure and arrangement
  14. Lesson planning
  15. Assessment policy review
  16. Portfolio planning
  17. Student Integration Planning
  • Administrative
  1. All forms needed – entry, medication, admissions, allergy, staff time off, class requisitions
  2. Policy review and communication mapping
  3. Staff recruitment, on-boarding and training
  4. Legislative requirements review and planning
  5. School painting
  6. Review of indoor and outdoor classrooms tools
  7. Enrichment/After school clubs planning and vendor meetings
  8. Receipt booklets
  9. Injury reporting and documentation
  10. Back to School Communique
  11. General Documentation
  12. Whole year calendar
  13. Routines and schedules
  14. Extra Services: Bus, Lunch, Afterschool care

2. The Student: It is important that the students are not left to chance, hence we must plan for our students.

  • All uniforms needs’ per student, must be considered and planned for.
  • Specific class placement
  • Welcome back to school activities and integration mechanics
  • School and class tour
  • Pre-assessment administration techniques
  • Class ground rules
  • Seating arrangements
  • Engagement techniques for all class participation
  • Cognitive, Affective, and psychomotor domain checks
  • Feedback and assessment administration strategies

3. The Parent: Finally but by no means the least, as a school, there is the need to plan for our parents especially, with respect to home-school collaborations. All communication must be clear, precise and timely.

  • Back to school letter/newsletter
  • Fees Information
  • Student supplies list
  • Policy changes/upgrades
  • Program must be planned and communicated with sufficient notice – 2 weeks. Reminders must be worked into the plan.
  • Plan events so parents can attend
  • Have a parent support mechanism especially with respect to payments structures.
  • Documentation

Some of the items on the checklist are fluid and may change as the day draws closer, hence it is advisable that a lot of these activities are planned for right from the end of third term.

If as a school, we spend time focussing on these areas, we will be truly ready for a hitch free back to school day and a smooth school year.



Okeyinfu, a certified Assessment Lead, is the founder of Busy Minds Center Limited and Soundview Consulting. She is an educational reform advocate. She has extensive experience in coaching and mentoring teachers, parents and young adults in a variety of contexts. She loves to be called a teacher.

Ongoing research:


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Pedagogy and Assessment: The Road Map to Quality Education

What is learning?

Pedagogy and Assessment

This question always draws a variety of answers from respondents. Ranging from skill – focus to knowledge – focus. However, all respondents are unified in the ideology that Learning is Mastery, proven over time. Mastery being the ability to draw upon knowledge and skill, over a variety of contexts, time and time again.

Learning occurs when one has the ability to draw upon knowledge and skills gained, time and time again, applying them over a variety of contexts. To attain this, pedagogy and assessments must be structured such that students receive knowledge and skills in a way they can understand, remember and most importantly, apply.

As Spencer Thompson puts it ‘As generations pass, simply telling your child “you need to go to school because I say so” is becoming less relevant. Without developing a deep sense of purpose and context as to why they are sitting through chemistry class, it is extremely difficult to motivate the majority of students. Anyone but the type-A students will have a really hard time justifying how learning the way molecular bonds form will help them in real life’. We as educators, must show students that coming to school, is crucial to their future pursuits.

The way a child is taught, plays a huge role in determining if they Learn! It is that simple. Teacher pedagogy and the role of assessments, it huge. Yet, there is not a lot being done to dig into the practical aspects of classroom practice, with respect to assessment and pedagogy. This could be due to enormous significance placed on curriculum implementation in theory.

Pedagogy, as defined by the Collins English Dictionary, is the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept.

Analogy: Imagine, an environment where a lot of importance is on the type of vehicle (curriculum) and the modality of driving and navigation of roads is neglected, the results will be impractical to the realities of driving in modern day society. This is the case when there is an over dependence on the one aspect of the Curriculum – Pedagogy – Assessment relationship.

I have often said ‘What is assessed, will determine the focus’. This takes us right back to mastery. If this is the case, why do we see high test scores with no corresponding application of skills? Simple, we are teaching for the test scores.

In our schools, we have placed a huge demand on SCORES to the detriment of actual learning. We have a situation in our educational journey, where ‘teaching for the test’ has become the purpose of the children’s learning. This is counter-productive because, it is not about what the children know, it is about how they use it. This can only be addressed when Assessment and Pedagogy are tuned, right.

In her words, the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule of Lagos state and who is also the Commissioner for Education, said: “The importance of the services being rendered by private educational institutions to the socio-economic development of the state and the nation cannot be overemphasised. The number of children in the various private schools are too numerous to be ignored, hence there is the compelling need to redefine the criteria for the delivery of quality education in the state.”

Classroom practice and structure, should follow function. Function in this context is quality education. To start the process on the right footing and ensure, we work children towards mastery, we must find the function. We must define what ‘quality education’ is and we must, as matter of urgency, have a picture of ‘the modality of delivery’ of ‘quality education’.

Assessment has its place and assessment must never be equated with input versus output. It is much more than this. Assessment drives the way pedagogy is delivered, it incorporates student voice and experiences in delivery and it drives reflective practice. Assessment is a vibrant and living part of good classroom practice. Why? As I mentioned earlier, what is being measured, becomes the focus of the thematic units in each subject. Sadly assessment is a section of the Curriculum – Pedagogy – Assessment relationship, that is neglected.

Super imposing the learning pyramid on blooms taxonomy (Fig 2), shows us quite clearly what the focus of classroom practice and assessments should be. It is also shows us what effective classroom practice with respect to pedagogy, should look like.

We often assume that all teachers can assess. They probably can, but are the assessments valid and reliable measures of the learning that is or has taken place? Most times the answer is NO. There is a technique to assessments that facilitates knowledge retrieval in and outside the classroom. As educators, we need to engage this technique.

We need to ask ourselves, ‘Do our questions require just remembering or do they prompt the learners to use the upper category of Blooms Taxonomy skills? The Domain of Higher order skills! Hence, how we assess will drive the sustainability and efficacy of the reform efforts in our Education sector.

If we have systems that focus largely, on curriculum implementation with less emphasis on pedagogy and assessments, we have a third of the equation and sadly it is not the third that can standalone.

Teaching, with the focus on scores as the end goal, is not the blueprint for the delivery of the much sought-after ‘quality education’ because “Assessment Drives Pedagogy”. I have often said, “what is being measured, becomes the life of the thematic units in each subject” The scores, not learning in scores absorbed environments, is the motivation.

Hence, delivery of quality education to our children, is tied to Pedagogy and Assessment



Okeyinfu Ajayi is a certified Assessment Lead and she is an advocate for effective classroom practice.

Okeyinfu is the founder of Busy Minds Center Limited, Soundview Consulting and a Facebook group, Teaching Inspirations, and Support Network. She is one of the In-House Consultants for AgeKyndle Education – an educational reform platform. She is the Convener for the PLN Hangout, a platform geared towards supporting female entrepreneurs and educators in Nigeria and beyond.

She has extensive experience in coaching and mentoring teachers, parents and young adults in a variety of contexts. She loves to be called a teacher.

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Comparative Judgement Trial in Nigeria

Making a case for Comparative Judgement (CJ) as an alternative to traditional grading in literacy based subjects in Nigeria – Okeyinfu Ajayi

In one of her reviews, Daisy Christodoulou said, “Comparative judgement has enormous potential to transform the way assessment works. Some of the most pressing problems in education today are around workload, marking accuracy, and the way that assessment distorts the curriculum. Comparative judgement has the potential to help solve all of these problems.”

As Tes outlined in a recent feature, comparative judgement involves teachers taking two pupils’ scripts and simply deciding which one they think is better. This information is then fed into computer software.

There is much more to do than this however, as they have said  ‘The process is significantly quicker than current marking and moderation of written work’.


In the past, Ms Christodoulou has referred to comparative judgement as “an assessment innovation that really works”.


Does it? What do you think? Share your comments please partake in the ‘initial trial’ by clicking the link below.

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In education, we need to get to a place where we make decisions based on evidence translated into best practice.


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If you want to grow, quit talking and start doing.
Remember, personal development upgrades you — but without the skills and hours spent acquiring the first-hand knowledge you’ll need to succeed, you only become more conversational at your current skill level, whether it relates to your business, health, or any other area of life.

Without spending time in the trenches, all you’ll ever do is be able to talk. Now more than ever, the world is full of people talking. Very few of us are choosing to actually do.

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