Christine Osae

Why role-play is the most effective way to practice language in context

There’s no arguing with Benjamin Franklin’s observation: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” However, turning our classrooms to active language learning centres that foster practice in real life contexts is an age-old issue...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leverage club activities to tap into student potential and enrich experience

Whether or not we are ready to articulate it for what it is, the snowballing issues around our humdrum school routines must be tabled at some point. With the overwhelming loads of assignments and pressure on grades and papers, we should expect routine robots saturated with knowledge but highly...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Enhance your classroom management skills using the three fold approach

One of my biggest pet peeves is the disruptive student. You know the type: always late, forgets their pen at home—you wonder whether they had planned to do the magic finger on the wall, the one who won’t take their seat or let you talk, the entitled spoilt teenager who throws tantrums...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Invest in teachers’ mental wellbeing to enhance performance

Work stress manifested in feelings of disillusionment, failure and loss of self-esteem is as common to educators as drought is to the Sahara. Shockingly, addressing or even discussing the mental and emotional well-being of teachers is never up the agenda. According to Teacher Wellbeing Index 2018...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to deal with student apathy

Nothing deflates a teacher’s morale like a student with an I-don’t-care attitude. You know the type...the drowsy, sometimes smirking, do-nothing daydreamer. Losing sleep over such students would be imprudent, but so is giving up on them. How can we help unmotivated students without...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why Banter has no place in the classroom

No one likes a chatterbox, least of all teenagers eagerly clinging to the hope of a lunch break, and much less the satiated stomachs after lunch. Students do not enter the classroom with an existential take on boredom as a state integral to their becoming fulfilled adults. As such, most teachers...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why educators should recommit to fight against genocide ideology

With the ideology of ethnic hatred continually reinforced and disseminated to the general public through radio, television broadcasts, print media, and in public meetings, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi became inevitable. The seeds had long been planted in our schools, churches and in the...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

In honour of the memory of the teachers slain during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis

25 years down the line, the gory images of streets flooded with blood from mutilated bodies, bodies swirling in water- bloated and colourless, bodies so numerous that streams were clogged, still linger vividly in our minds.   Teachers who, by a hair’s breadth, escaped death in the...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Educators should hold back on homework and assessments for the month of April

What is this mania our education planners have with homework? It is least surprising that even as we break off to mourn and commemorate the over a million souls horribly lost in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, some school administrators are circulating memos for teachers to give holiday work...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

Improvisation is the best way to reinvent teaching

Education is evolving in leaps and bounds, and as such, educators are kept on their heels in search of better ways to organise and deliver instruction to diverse populations of students. Even when we sharpen our skills and keep up to speed with the advancements in pedagogy, we are often dragged...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Integrate examples and experiences in teaching to enhance learning

One of the thrills of teaching is witnessing the magical ‘aha’ moment in learners after presenting a complex topic in a way that enabled them to make their own journey of discovery. Every teacher, like any seasoned cook, has a secret ingredient to this (‘aha’ moment). Mine...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

How to teach Genocide history, denial and ideology

Teachers, novice or veteran, agree that teaching students how to engage in reasoned, informed debates across society’s sensitive issues, like genocide, is a challenge. However traumatising and challenging, it would do our youths a sore injustice to avoid talking about genocide history, its...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Balance for better: What roles can educators play to create a gender-balanced world?

This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme: “Balance for Better” cannot be timelier. The race has been on for quite some time, and the fight is getting fairly spirited. As the world celebrates this balance or remedy the lack of it this Friday, March 8, I can’t...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 10:41 PM

Stop blaming teachers for poor student performance

Out of love for the truth and from a desire to elucidate it, I intend to correct a fallacy engrained in the minds of reactive stakeholders in our education system. Whenever students’ results are released, we are quick to acknowledge high-fliers and with the same zest, blame teachers whose...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Educators should embrace project-based instruction for well-rounded graduates

William Du Bois, an American sociologist and civil rights activist, was way ahead of his time when he thoughtfully observed that, “a system of education is not one thing, nor does it have a single definite object, nor is it a mere matter of schools. Education is that whole system of human...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

PowerPoint as an educational tool: A blessing or curse?

Even with Competency-based Education (CBE) in institutions of higher learning, teacher centered practices are still very common in classrooms especially where PowerPoint is everything: the lecture, the notes and the presentation. Between the years 2006 to 2012, one would have assumed teachers were...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Drug addiction in the classroom: How should teachers go about it?

There is nothing as disconcerting to a teacher as watching a student with great potential waste away in drug addiction and substance abuse. In dealing with this, it is easier to just converge your efforts on the good student, with the hope to salvage what is left. However, I strongly believe...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why we should celebrate teachers, our unsung heroes

As we celebrate our heroes this week, I can’t think of anybody more deserving of this accolade than the teachers. It is natural for anybody to think of a hero as the doer of mighty acts; as Joseph of the Bible, Jack Bauer of the movies, or Martin Luther King and Mandela in politics. But how...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwandan educators should borrow a leaf from India’s ban on homework and heavy school bags

Toward the close of 2018, the Indian government banned homework for classes I and II, and moved to prescribe schoolbag-weight-limit for specific classes. This move was stirred by health concerns after studies showed that young children were set to suffer chronic back pain, hunched backs and other...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Make growth mindset one of your resolutions this year

With celebrations off the gear and work mood taking ground, I cannot think of a better time to lay resolution cards on the table. While being a better teacher, having outstanding grades on the table, refining your pedagogy, upgrading to a new level or a new job, maybe some of your well-thought...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 12:00 AM