Abuja Training

INTRODUCING: Ages and Stages ABUJA SESSION.

 

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.

Next Steps

Register now at:        http://bit.ly/2xQwRjN

Send us an email –    agekyndle@gmail.com

Call us: +234 703 124 1085, 808 7444 764

Make Payment:         Zenith Bank

A.G.E. KYDLE EDUCATION NETWORK LTD – 1015150214

 

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

Work

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.

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

 

Writer:

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.

Access her current research at http://bit.ly/2uySe3v

References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-thompson/early-education-_b_3343844.html

Lagos Private Schools Have Till August 10 to Register, Says Govt

https://drwilda.com/tag/national-training-laboratories/

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Effective Learning Objectives

 

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Work Hard

You must be willing to Work Harder than ever. Entrepreneurship is not a sit and fold hands journey. You have to put your nose to the grind and get the work done.

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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#guardianwoman #womenleader #beboldforchange #womenrocktheworld #womenempowerment #femalediaries #okeyinfu #diamondbankwomen #gtbank #sheleads #sheleadsafrica #nigeiranbusiness #activeworker #engagedworker

PLN Nuggets 1

So I met this amazing womam, Oke Maduewesi of Zaron global and she shared #nuggets with us at our #PLN hangout with Ms Kaykay.

1. As an #enterpreneur you have to get out of the comfort zone and keep striving for more.

2. Review your market and provide #services they need.

3. You need to be the first #brand ambassador for your business. No one can market it as much as you.

4. Keep your employees who buy into your vision close and find a way to build their skills set.

5. Focus on your strengths and find people who can provide the skills you lack.

6. You really cannot do everything. Give yourself a break.

More nuggets coming soon.

And guess what? She is so committed to building Nigerian Entrepreneurs, she did this for free.

Want an invite to the next hangout? Send me an email detailing the skills you need to develop as an entrepreneur and what you have done in the past year to develop yourself.

ajayi.svc@gmail.com. See you soon.

#business #marketplace #femalefounder #leaders

Stick with it.

The person and the Principles of Jesus are different in purpose.

Applying these principles leads to growth and success in the market/ business place.

For growth to happen your ability to see (vision) and your skills to do, are important.

Ex 23:28-20

Increasing your capacity means you can take on more. And automatically your territory will increase.

Mk 4: 26-30 – wait for the full increase. It will grow and multiply.

You must be consistent and you must be thankful.

The fact that you are not where you want to be at the moment does not mean you are not on your way.

One of the biggest killers of vision is survival mentality.

Refuse to think small. Never allow temporary hunger to truncate the size and spread of your dream.

Never get into survival mode.

You were created to dominate.
Gen 1:26- 28

1) Be fruitful – be a productive person. Have a fruit/ product/ service that you sell. Make it work.

The first step is you. Are you a productive person???

2) Multiply – Increase in that which you are doing.
A)Can what you do now? work for others?
B)Can you cause others to be fruitful as well.
C)Validate your ideas.

3) Replenish- Reproduce yourself in multiply places.
Be replicable
Franchise models

4) Subdue it- consolidate and build a brand
Become a power house
Spread your fame
Get into the market
Be used as a reference point

Acts 1:8

Say these words to yourself daily:

I will Never be afraid of competition. It does not matter how many are doing it. I will succeed if I am called to it for whatsoever i lay my hands on is #blessed.

No hair struggles for space. I will not struggle for market share

God is causing me to shine

The works of my hand will find expression and favour

The doors are open to me

I am excelling and making progress

I will not seek from man, what only God can give me.

Opposition is new opportunity for me tp grow.

Learning and the Learner

When we think learning, most minds conjure and board and chalk or markers as the case maybe.
WRONG!

Learning is all around us, its in the air we breathe, the water we drink and guess what, its in the unconscious mistakes that we make. We need to understand that for a child, they do not need a classroom, they learn from the environment and from all the interactions they have.

These interactions range from throwing and catching a ball to having conversations about their best meal. For very young children, learning is absorbed from their environment and things we adults that may not hold a lot of importance for us, is a big deal for them.

Every word, look, sigh has a meaning and we unintentionally, pass across messages that we may not plan to. We thus, need to be intentional, especially when we are around young children.This stems from the fact that, we are always teaching; we just need to be sure that we re reaching the intended audience.

As the children get older, they get more aware of their environments and they are more discerning in their interpretations. Regardless, of their ages, all children need to be taught intentionally.
Some things should not be done or said in front of the children.

We as adults need to be more deliberate in the things that we do and in the way we do them so we are sure that our children are always safe.

Remember that a child is always learning and you must be intentional.

Parenting

What kind of Parent are you??

Its easy to leave the cognitive stuff to the professionals but how about the affective and #psychomotor?
How can you guide your child towards applying what they learn to their everyday??

When you can do this effectively you will notice
1) Increasing links to reality
2) Emerging skill sets from applied learning
Being an active listener as a parent, helps.
Use the chart to help you out.
Let’s get intentional.

Teaching Inspirations and Support network on facebook groups

Birthdays

Birthdays….

There is something about my birthday that causes my smile to be extra wider. Actually, I feel like a clown because I am always smiling and unashamedly happy.

I look forward to my birthday months in advance. I am always so so excited about it, you would think I am going on 5 not …. I will keep that quiet for today.

Birthday are a wonderful time and it is important to celebrate people not just on their birthdays but especially on their birthdays.
I love getting calls on my birthday and I extra love the messages because I get to keep them and read the over and over again.

If you are opportuned to know someone’s birthday date, make it a point to let them know they are special even if all you can do is send a message.

Have a lovely day and celebrate people.

Children and Learning

We all agree that children can be a handful; regardless of their age and everyone who has ever had or worked with children will agree with us. Great that we got that out of the way.

When I started having children, I remember I kept saying to myself, when they’re three,’ these’ (being anything i saw as unnatural and thus unable to relate with or handle) will stop. Then it went to 5 years and now I am waiting on fifteen years. Don’t tell anyone, but between us, I have the goals sheets out ready to adjust them as we all grow older.

One other thing I have found it that my children are different.
All of them.
My children at home and my children in school are all beautifully different. Yes they share similar attributes but they are all different. Different in so many amazing ways and it is important to each one, to have a chance to be themselves.

It’s easier to bundle them up into the old woman’s shoe and give them all bread and send them to sleep, but that’s the wrong thing to do.

At home and in school, in all that we do, we must treat all children as individuals because that’s who they are. We cannot have a one size fits all approach to learning, not just because it will not work but because it is plain wrong.

As we journey on in child care, (and trust me on this one, it is a journey) we cannot decide when the full stops and commas will be. The children hold the aces to this one. However, we can guide them and ensure that they know we are there for them. We can practice “tough love” and all the other different kinds as we support them on their Journey.14054229_10157403384270613_180379884314096407_n