Learning

Holidays: The parent-child bonding time

The holiday is here and children are excited to spend some time away from school. Since some students are in boarding school and away from their family for three months, it is during the holiday that parents should strive to spend time with them. According to Antoinette Uwamahoro, a mother of...

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 11:12am

The importance of hands-on learning

The Ministry of Education, in partnership with Workforce Development Authority (WDA), is on course to have at least 60 per cent of students completing the Nine Year Basic Education join Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools by 2024. Jérôme Gasana, Director General of WDA,...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:29pm

How to get quiet students to participate in small group discussions

Students who don’t carry their weight in a group continue to be a big concern for faculties that use groups and students who participate in them. Most often instructors and students assume that these students are lazy and happy that they’ve landed in the group with others willing to do...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:22pm

How to foster creativity among young learners

Kids are naturally creative. Ideas seem to flow effortlessly from their minds. They have an amazing innate ability to be creative when they play freely on their own. When children are encouraged to explore their curiosity and creativity, it stimulates their gifted problem-solving potential,...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:31pm

Get to know your students

Dear Counsellor, I was hired as a ‘student teacher’ at my former school. My assignments are quite simple, out-of-class assignments, so I don’t actually have any subjects I teach. However, students have refused to take me seriously and continue to ridicule me every time I’m...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:45pm

Origins of Ordinary Things: Keys

People all over the world keep their property locked up to avoid falling victim to theft. According to ThoughtCo, a knowledge platform, archeological discoveries in the ruins of ancient Assyria estimate that the practice of using locks and keys began four to six thousand years ago in ancient...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:39pm

How to effectively check the cognitive and emotional pulse of your class

Do you find yourself readily checking your students’ understanding by asking: “Any questions?” “Is everybody with me?” “Are we together?”? Every time I ask my students these vague types of questions, their most common response is…silence. How should...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:30pm

How rural community learning centres help children affected by ‘gaps’ catch up

When Emerithe Musanabera, a primary six student at GS Nkondo in Rwinkwavu sector, Kayonza District, was in P3, she could neither read nor write due to the gaps in learning which hindered her performance. She told Education Times that her mother couldn’t help her keep up as she is uneducated...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:21pm

Overcoming contrast between individual views of learning

Our understanding of learning differs today, with all most everyone having an opinion on how best learning can be effected. And with this, we have predicaments in teaching and learning. The concept of learning continues to be a serious challenge to teachers and students, thus compromising...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:14pm

The cognitive limits of lifelong learning

MILAN – As new technologies continue to upend industries and take over tasks once performed by humans, workers worldwide fear for their futures. But what will really prevent humans from competing effectively in the labour market is not the robots themselves, but rather our own minds, with all...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:14am

Classroom practices that enhance learning

To assume that any two classrooms are similar is an incredible misjudgement. Even in the same classroom, a teacher may experience different vibes on different days irrespective of how long they have taught the class and their experience in teaching. Nevertheless, there are classroom practices that...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:41pm

Discover the meaning of words with ‘grat’

You can finally become a dictionary yourself without necessarily cramming the meaning of every word. There are many ways of getting the meaning of a word, and one of them is studying the group of letters that make that word (prefixes, infixes and suffixes). Compare the word with other words that...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:57pm

Homework: When does it enhance learning?

At its best, homework can help improve on a student’s general performance and enhance traits like self-discipline and independent problem solving. However, this well intentioned practice can turn sour if it’s not handled the right way. The question, therefore, is not whether or not we...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am