Help Hungry Students!

Humans have been distinguished from animals because of our reasoning and intelligence. For people to grow
intellectually there is an absolute need for education. Nevertheless, to achieve this goal certain factors must be taken into consideration.

Economists say the basic necessities of mankind are three: food shelter and clothing. Can students acquire learning without these fundamentals of life? Our focus in this article is the effect of poverty on some students.

Poverty is mainly affects students in underdeveloped countries. As a consequence of the inability of the governments in these counties to provide free education for their citizens; this burden squarely lies on the shoulders of parents and guardians. Since the standard of living is usually low, most parents can not adequately cater for their children. This leaves the vast majority of students to become vulnerable to all sorts of hardships; ranging from lack of food and medical care. Therefore, it is quite normal in most underdeveloped countries to see students doing different types of jobs such as petty trading, car washing etc, to acquire money to pay school fees and get food.  This situation of poverty is adversely affecting a great number of school going students in underdeveloped countries.

Let us now focus on how this problem of hunger is affecting students’ learning:

Before going to school students need to take breakfast meal. This is very important because it helps them to have enough energy to actively participate in class and helps them to concentrate well. In the absence of this basic meal the student will be very weak and malnourished and this will consequently negatively affect their educational performance.

In some cases also this poverty problem leads to many drop outs from school as a result of parents’ lack of means to cater for their children’ needs. It is not uncommon to find these drop outs involving in various types of crimes. This is because they have not been given the opportunity to advance in their education.

Finally, we have many great talents being lost due to poverty, as some students make it to secondary level but could not proceed to the tertiary level due to lack of means. How many great talents have been lost because of inadequacy of opportunity!  The big question is what should be done to help these disadvantaged children? Governments’ agencies, non-governmental organizations, philanthropists need to rise and do more to help students whose educational future has been amputated because of poverty! Any contribution in connection with this topic will be welcomed in the comments section.

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Why Kids Prefer Electronic Gifts?

It is said that man is a victim of his environment; I found this to be true when it comes to differences
in tastes between generations. It is usually and even encouraging for parents to give gifts to their children especially when they excel in school. However, in so doing, there are certain questions that may arise such as what type of gifts? Should you consult your kid before buying the gifts? Do you know what will be of interest to him or her? Are the types of gifts which were popular to previous generations still appeal to our youngsters of today? What should be your aim while choosing? Should you choose something more durable and beneficial or any type of gifts? Are you financial strong to buy expensive gifts incase that is what interests your kid? If you can’t afford them, do think it would have a negative impact on child’s learning motivation? In this
article, I will focus on the taste of previous generation and that of the  present one and discuss how it affects our choice of choosing gift.

I can still remember when I was a little boy attending school, when I was asked about what I would like as
a gift; I immediately said a wrist watch without giving a second thought because that was what interested me the most by then and perhaps one of the most fascinating items around for me. May be another boy of my age would have preferred a bicycle or some type of toy to play with.

 Nevertheless, with the present technological advancement and the availability of a variety electronic gadget; taste and interest of our youngsters have changed drastically and they are now opting for items quite different from the previous generation. If you ask your kids what they would prefer as gifts these days you should be expecting them to request for video iPod, laptop computer, cell phone and other latest electronic devices.

This shift in taste from one generation to another has led me to contemplate to what extent we can integrate
technology to improve how educational system. Should our classrooms be made more digital? What about our text and activity books and tools used to aid the learning process such as worksheet and flash cards; should we make these digital too? What about teaching the rules of English Grammar through video games? Technology is advancing at such a rate that no right minded individual will deny! So we have no other option except to keep up with it and benefit ourselves and our students who are the leaders of tomorrow. If anyone has a
contribution on this topic of how to support our kids with electronic devices in order to improve their natural ability to learn don’t hesitate to mention it in the comment section.

How Can Teachers Avoid Failure?

In one of my latest articles , I discussed ‘the criteria of a successful teacher’, now I am going to deal with the issue of what a teacher should do in order to avoid failure. Mostly we are aware of what to do to achieve success, but often than not we neglect the obstacles that may militate against our effort and even render it fruitless. So ,if we want to achieve success, we must not only concentrate on the elements of success but must be knowledgeable about the obstacles that prevent us from what we want. For teachers to avoid failure in attaining academic success for their students they must be well acquainted with the following factors:

 – Knowledge of the obstacles to Achieving the beneficial

– Knowledge of how to overcome these Obstacles

-Taking Action to Avoid the Obstacles

 Even though it is important for teachers to be knowledgeable of what is beneficial for their students; but
more important is to know what is preventing them from accomplishing the beneficial. For instance, the first factor for the teacher to avoid failure is to be thoroughly qualified to teach the subject. If a teacher is not well
qualified this can be a great obstacle to achieving the beneficial for the students. So to overcome these problem teachers should know what further education they may require in their field to make them efficient in their duties; and take steps to acquire the needed qualification.

Furthermore, some teachers face the problem of low salaries and this adversely affects their productivity.
Having knowledge of this, teachers should find ways to overcome this obstacle and take actions to achieve their goal of a pay raised.

Sometimes, the obstacles may be poorly designed text and activity books. Teachers should not turn blind eyes
to this obstacle but should find ways of surmounting it and take action tosolve it for the success of the students.

 If the obstacles is a library that lacks essential books, or poorly equipped laboratory then this must be
brought to the attention of those responsible so that action would be taken to fix it.

In conclusion, the scenario might be vary from one individual or institution to another but the basic rule is as teachers; always try to know what are the obstacles that prevents you from achieving the beneficial for your students, know how to overcome them and consequently take action to successfully deal with them. If these steps are followed your students will be assured of academic achievement and you will be
a massive success in your profession.

Taking Responsibility of Students’ Progress

it is not uncommon to find oneself as a teacher feeling a sense of guilt as a consequence of students’ failure to progress.This feeling can sometimes cause some teachers to quit the teaching job because they may have concluded that they are incompetent. However, if one contemplates this scenario, is it justifiable to subject yourself as a teacher to this state of self-blaming? Have you considered the availability of the teaching facilities to help you efficiently perform your duties? Are parents performing their role well? What about the school administration? Are they supportive of their staff? What about students’ attitude towards learning? If we reflect on these factors, we will realize who is truly responsible for students’ learning?

Moreover, before taking others into account,teachers should in the first instance take personal responsibility for the success of the learning process. So questions like these may crop up: Am I
really qualify for this job? If yes, how do I see this job? Is it just an ordinary job that my main goal is to receive salary at the end of the month? Or do you see it as trust upon you to diligently fulfill to prepare students for important roles they will assume in society? Do I have all the means at my disposal to achieve success for my students? These are some of what a teacher must consider in order to begin discover where the problem lies for students’ failure.

Secondly, there is a misconception on the part of some parents and guardians that teachers are responsible for each and every aspect of their children success. However, in reality this is not so, as
parents have very important role to play. For instance, they play in help discipline the children; they must create a home environment conducive to learning. This can be achieved by making an organized schedule. Parents should make special place and time for studying, time for eating, watching TV and playing and sleeping. All of these should be well organized to allow the children to focus on what is necessary to do at the right time. If the child has a well balanced life, he or she will be successful in school. This indeed
will complement the teacher’s effort.

In conclusion, students’ success depends on many factors; all parties involved should play their role
efficiently. Besides, teachers and parents should help students realize their personal responsibility of learning because it is said ‘you can take the horse to the river but you can not force it to drink’.