Teaching students whose motivation levels are in a winter season somewhere in Scandinavian countries is not a walk in the park. A story from a person dreading his mathematics teacher, that then became one himself. Karma is real!
Every week, we share some of our experiences and views on education. Globally, and in Kenya.
Students are not taught to communicate and express their ideas. KCSE puts emphasis on the technicalities of English and Kiswahili rather than on being able to use the language and to communicate. Yet communication is most important for the students lives. Why then, are we not teaching it?
The conclusion was silently reached after all the reasons for putting off had been watered down. We strolled out of the small pub where we always go in the evenings to pass time as we gallop the cheap beer if we were lucky to be owning some coins and wanted to be generous to ourselves. The humour we always possessed was fading down as time passed by.
I don’t need to be socratical or a psychologist neither do I need to attend any science class in order to make this crystal observation. Metric tonnes of patience has been consumed and a lot of calories have been burnt already. I don’t know how to express what most employers have been through.
Kenya’s curriculum requires that a student going through the 12 years of basic education learns English and Kiswahili every single school day. How is it then that at these language subjects are usually the worst performed during the national exams?
Teachers are like a bank account. If you do a lot of deposits it will grow fat. But if you make regular withdrawals without replenishing, it will go dry. If we don’t invest in them they are likely to deteriorate in value. In this article, I provide you with some tips on how to do just that.
The best way to find direction for the future, is by looking at the past. In our blog series: “Pioneers in Digital Learning”, we take a look at the history of the recent 100 year old wave of educational technology.
Looking previous years Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam data, Mathematics is the worst performed subject. Zach discusses some ways in which students can prepare themselves to avoid failing.
Growing up in Belgium, I was exposed to a different education system than in Kenya. In this article I talk about my experience from secondary education up, and how that shaped my thinking on education today.
Kiswahili or Swahili as may be known to many, is a language widely spoken across East Africa. It is the first or the second language to most Kenyans and also the country’s official language. Question is, how do we teach it? In this article I discuss with a longtime friend and teacher.