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14/05/2013

Watch this Inspiring Video: Kids don't learn from people they don't like


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Rita F. PIERSON inspires me. I love this speech.

True! Kids don't learn from people they don't like. All learning comes from understanding. An understanding that is nurtured by relationships. How I wish that all educators will appreciate the power of relationships in every learning situation.

To my colleagues, it is obvious that we will 'TEACH' anyway. Let's inspire our students each day by establishing good relationships first. Why? We are in the business of building lives.



05/05/2013

Watch This Video: How to Engage Under-performing Students

A new sense of educational order needs to emerge in our schools such that there will be new relationships and interaction between teachers and students which will in turn bring about a new concept of our curriculum.

Two key strategies here are: Interactive Learning and Non-Negotiables. Watch  and share this important strategy that changed the story of one school from almost being shut down.

  


04/05/2013

4 Common Pronunciation Mistakes That Could Drive One Crazy

I read this from an education blogger called Shelley Emling and I was kind of surprised that the 'owners' of the language get it wrong too. Whether we disown or accept English language as ours, it is proper and polite to pronounce it well - especially when one is nabbed in the habit of 'phonology'.



1. Used/Use

If you've previously done something, you USED to do it. For example, one would write or say "I used to go running, but then I broke my leg." One would not write or say "I use to go running, but then I broke my leg."

2. Various words with the letter "x" or "x" sound

When you say "escape" it is "es-cape" and not "ex-cape." And when you say "ask" it is ass-k" and not "axe." Also, it is ex-cept and not es-cept.

3. Supposedly

There simply is no such word as "supposably." And it's "supposed to" and not "suppose to."

4. Anyway/anyways

Come on... there is no "s" at the end of the word "anyway."

I actually feel bothered especially in the X in place of  S or vice versa - it is so wrong people! The 'used' term is a nice awakening because it is taken for granted here in Nigeria more often than should be. The 'suppose to' is common pronunciation mistake here and should be corrected. 

For 'anyways' Shirley, my disclaimer as it pertains to its use is that it is often used more as a slang than a proper word.....but this is not to dilute its wrongness.   

Click to read her post here.