Lois Nakibuuka

Understanding all students

Talented or gifted, whatever name you choose to call it, these students remain ‘exceptional’. Gifted with more than their classmates, they may not be aware of what to do with themselves either. So sometimes you may witness them in class trying to slow down their racing brains but in...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

If you cannot beat them, join them

How often do we say to children, “I am talking to you. Why are you not listening to me yet you continue to check messages on WhatsApp or pictures on Instagram?” “But, I am listening!” is the distracted response of a child who hardly looks up from what they are doing. Having...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Forwards ever, backwards never

These are the words I admired in my sister’s ‘autograph book’ back in the day when it was popular to keep the memories of friends in fancy well decorated note books.  In most cases, human beings regard progress as something that is in the future, not in the past. When we...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Two heads are better than one?

Whereas this saying is meant in the literal sense of actually having two different people using their heads to come up with an idea or give a solution to a problem, nature has interpreted it differently. With nature, there are many examples of two headed creatures: snakes, cats, dogs, turtles,...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Did you know…Easter comes in many ways and colours!

How did you spend your very welcome and much needed Easter holiday? Whereas you may have had a quiet time enjoying the company of friends and family, other people from all around the world have truly a myriad of fascinating ways of celebrating this festive season. Some of these celebratory...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Which one will it be?

‘Don’t speak vernacular! You must speak English all the time!’ You have heard such numerous times at school but now increasingly at home too or wherever the parents or guardians are with their children. Speaking your local language is not ’cool’ at all apparently....

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

The class that was

A couple of years ago I taught an unusual class, uncommon in the sense that for almost all the students I had in that class, there was a personal assistant for each one of them. I had students with a wide spectrum of learning needs ranging from severe autism, attention deficit disorder and mental...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Open up!

You feel that you cannot take anymore lesson or see another person, be it a teacher or student. You are ready to burst open with pent up emotions of frustration, anger, betrayal or a deep feeling of being misunderstood  as well as loads of other depressing emotions that are bound to happen to...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

Teaming up

For some mysterious reason, teachers have taken on the role of a superhero who never tires, has numerous ideas and endures whatever situation. Am I speaking to some teacher reading this? Teachers are expected to know all the answers, everyone’s name, why each one of the 100 children are not...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Your unique voice

I once did an interesting experiment to ascertain the power of the human voice. Closing my eyes and putting my head down on the desk, I asked the students to come in one-by-one and say something so that I could recognise their voices and indeed, I could easily identify them by their voice alone....

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Voice health

Not too long ago, I met a lovely looking lady and I wondered where she was from. When she started talking, her melodious tone kept my mouth agape. She is from Jamaica. Have you noticed that when some people speak, they sound so harmonious that you do not want them to stop speaking? For educators...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Experience is the best teacher, or is it?

Recent research seems to suggest that the answer to this question depends on who has gone through this experience, and the feedback given about that experience. In many ways we get responses or views about what have done and this may break or make us depending on the type of person one is and where...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Education and society

While some societies revere knowledge and understanding gained from formal studying of books and through structured systems, others prefer the less obvious but not necessarily inferior method of experience, gleaned through daily interaction with the people in the environment around them to gain the...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Sticking on no matter what

World renowned theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, once modestly said that, ‘it’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.’  For such a man with a remarkable brain and all sorts of amazing facts to prove it, we would be wise to borrow a...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editing the human race; is it possible?

“If Adam and Eve were the first and only people on earth, then where did Cain get his wife?” This pertinent question has puzzled a multitude of Christian students throughout generations. Biblical scholars have offered many explanations but the most plausible one is that Cain had...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Take care of teachers

“I would like you to help me polish my English so that I sound as sophisticated as you do. I want to have an accent like the native speakers!” This was said to me by a middle aged lovely looking woman. Because I am usually very happy to help, we quickly drew up a schedule and discussed...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Study now or later?

“If I am studying to make a comfortable living in the future using the money I will earn, then why I am I going to school and learning things that will probably be obsolete by the time I am done with my education?”  This mind provoking question was raised by an indignant looking...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Pass it on…

As the new year rolls into the third week, our thoughts begin to focus on where our children will go for their studies especially if this is the first time they will be joining school. This brings to mind the first time I went for a parent teacher consultation for my nephew who had just started...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Work–life balance

Finally the New Year is here and as we reflect on the past year, some constant questions that rest in our minds but give us no rest are:  “Am I making the best use of my time? Is there something else that I could be doing to make my life worth living?”  A significant number of...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

The strongest bond

There are numerous things in nature that are renowned for their strength but most notable is the Darwin spider web which is made of such strong yet flexible material, that it can stretch for miles without breaking. Other modified materials include grapheme, which is a type of carbon, metallic glass...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 12:26 AM