Good evening again nd welcome to everyone. I am looking forward to a very interactive session. This is a topic dear to my heart and I hope that we will all ngage and learn from each other

The topic is the 21st century educator and Iam talking with 5 different groups so you will pardon me if I dont reply as fast as I should. This is also my first attempt at training on WhatsApp. So, what are we going to talk about today? My focus is on students or pupils and ensuring that they learn

he British Council has identified 6 core skills that are essential for a child to succeed in todays world. These are: Critical thinking and problem solving
Creativity and innovation
Communication and collaboration
Digital literacy
Leadership and personal development

Please send in your own ideas. The list is not exhaustive


Emotional Intelligence

Exhaustive research has shown that E.I. (Emotional Intelligence) is a greater predictor of success and even survival/thriving than just IQ.

Thanks a lot, Ade. This is so true and while we have subsumed it under personal leadership, it does require a major slot of is own

I have added emotional intelligence to the list
In schools, we tend to focus on IQ i.e. the cognitive aspect of teaching but we need to incorporate the core skills. We also tend to teach to pass i.e. cram and pour. This leads to shallow learning. These core skills should not be incorporated as subjects, rather, when integrated with your teaching, they lead to deep learning


Yes ma’am.
Thus, instead of just passing, students *gain mastery* all the way through the learning domains.

I love the word, mastery. It is so appropriate

☺ thanks ma’am.
I’m blushing

I want to give an example of deep learning. I was not a good Maths student in school. I hated it because I felt it hadnothing to do with me. But I love it now because I see a lot of Math application in my life. For example, I taught my daughter fractions, percentages and ratios on the way to schol. Just counting how many taxis for every ten cars. She once said, “there is nothing like half but it should be half of something

I want to give an example of deep learning. I was not a good Maths student in school. I hated it because I felt it hadnothing to do with me. But I love it now because I see a lot of Math application in my life. For example, I taught my daughter fractions, percentages and ratios on the way to schol. Just counting how many taxis for every ten cars. She once said, “there is nothing like half but it should be half of something

According to research, Learning behaviours that are to higher order thinking skills for example explaining. reasoning, can lead to deeper learning when combined with learning behaviours related to lower order thinking skills such as remembering. This is a description of Blooms taxonomy which I will attach next

Exactly ma’am.
H.O.T.S and L.O.T.S have their places as you’d earlier mentioned.


Wow, I love this.

Pls full meaning of H.O.T.S & L.O.T.S

Higher Order Thinking Skills

Lower Order Thinking Skills

Now that we have identified the skills needed, established the importance of deep learning in ensuring that our children practice these skills, what, in practical terms should the 21st century teacher do? We cannot teach the way we were taught as the lives of our students are going to be so differnet and the issues that will need to address will be totally difernet. I will now go into the core skils in more detil but I urge each of us to take this as a foundation and learn by themselves

First, we must understand the learner and what motivates them to learn. It has been mentioned earlier and I have given an example. I will repeat it – Children learn best when you use real life examples that they can associate with. They also learn when you engage them in delivering the lesson through a variety of methods. You should not limit yourself to lecturing. In fact, I learned that childrens attention span is the sum of their age plus 2. Therefore, children aged 7 can only learn in blocks of 9 minutes and you need to change your method every 9 minutes if you are teaching 7 year olds. We will now discuss other methods of engaing learners. Again, I will ask members to share their own experiences at this point

Please share different methods to engage learners. I will give my own examples in a few minutes


This is very practical. I’m learning a lot and even seeing my class pupils through each line. Thanks

From Mrs Ade Fakoya  For Maths, we use poetry, song, cutouts, colour pencils, and realia

For Grammar, we use realia, playlets, animated movie excerpts…

For Social Studies, we “travel” in the school hall. We arrange the hall like a plane, use the projector, our atlases, and our textbooks and we “travel”.
We’ve had to leave the school impromptu during a lesson on “Our World: Vegetation”

For Creative Writing, we use any and everything. We also do a lot of research online, write letters to real people, write persuasive arguments about real issues…

We just ensure the children see the usefulness of the subjects to their everyday lives and interests.

Children tend to learn faster when they are involved in the learning process and not when the teacher does the talking alone

Recently I had to explain why antiperspirant is called by that name to a child

 So I started from the meaning of the prefix *anti*
As opposite of something or that is against something

Yes. Anti means against and the child will be able to apply to any word that has the prefix. This is amore intersting way than to lecture. You can also show images

We have discussed in depth about understanding the learner and how best they learn. I would like to include the fact that we need to enable them take charge of their learning. Even very young children can research, write age appropriate presentations, speak publicly, collaborateorate and work in teams in order to come up with their own original work. Ihave had primary school children go on excursion, return with artifacts and pictures, mount these on cardboard, post on classroom walls, teach others at assembly and even make up a song and dance routine. Poetryis a great way to learn how to be versatile in English. There is so much that we can do. remember to minimise lecturing and maximise student involvement.

Let us now talk about the integration of technology and the use of audio and video in the classroom. We have hinted about this earlier but it is clear that these methods can lead to deep learning as they see in practical terms, what is being discussed. Many of us are afraid of technology but it can be a veritable tool. I recall a class where they were doing simultaneous equations in secondary school. the children were bored. Then I asked them to google and find out the use of simultaneous equations. One of the students found that it helps to make decisions when there are many variables. For example, should I go to school in Ibadan or Benin? The variables include distance, course, cost, parents desires etc. Those are the x,y, z in the equation.There is so much that we can do with the Internet

I’m excited by that example.
We used Pythagoras theorem to calculate the distance of a pupil’s house from the grandparents’.

We also used algebra to create a roster where everyone had the same number of duty days.

Just what I was looking for 100% blessed tonight by you wealth of knowledge. I guess the teachers will need special training for this to really work.

Thank you Mrs Adefisayo.

Good evening,  they can be paired to make a collage on what is being taught.  Talk about a video watched. They will form their stories

Videos can teach multiple skills as well – pronounciation, grammar, colors, concepts ideas, knowledge transmission. I could go on and on. I have taught teamwork many times by going to Youtube and showing a great relay race. In a fun way they will see the power of collaboration, practice, failure (yes, when the baton is dropped), speed, accuracy etc

The use of real objects as instructional material in learning process is good.It helps in so many ways just as it is also related to field trips

Before we leave, I would lik to talk about assessment but only the questioning aspect. We had a great presentation a few days on assessment and I am still excited about it. That was by Ade Fakoya. I want to talk about questioning, deep learning and assessment. Just like instruction, in the most effective practices, teachers
ask a variety of questions drawing on students’ backgrounds and ranging from closed, recall questions to higher order, open questions with feedback embedded through elaboration of the reply, rephrasing and probing.

Thank you so much ma for your time. Please could you share some of these blogs and vlogs so that those of us who are interested can also benefit.  Thanks once again.

Yes we have sir. Thanks for taking out time to organise this.. I can see a time in the future when educators will be celebrated and only professionals will be allowed in the field. More Grace. .

Thanks so much for sharing this ma, i have really gained a lot.Thanks once again and God bless!

Thank u ma.pls let us where ad wen we can attend ur trainings ma

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Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo

Principal Consultant

Folasade Adefisayo, B.Sc, MBA, IPGCE, M.Ed. retired in 2014 from the services of the Corona Schools Trust Council after 13 years of service. She was the CEO of the Trust and in her last four years was a consultant and Director of the Corona Secondary School. She is presently an educational consultant engaged in providing broad-based education consulting ranging from school transformation, teacher recruitment and training, school set up and management, school and NGO board development and school operations management.

She has over 35 years working experience spanning banking operations, Trade Finance, Organizational Restructuring, Human Resource Management, Training and Treasury Management.

She is dedicated to improving other people’s lives and has served as a volunteer to many NGOs – Society for the Blind, Volunteer Corps, Oando Foundation, Teach for Nigeria, SWORTE Talks among others.

Folasade serves on the governing boards of four schools and five not for profits engaged in youth and education.

Folasade’s greatest passion is for education, particularly education for the poor and she has consulted and served organisations concerned with mass education such as the NESG, DFID and DEEPEN. She has also consulted for state governments and a number of schools. A summary of her cognate skills include:

  • School management, leadership and governance
  • School set up and business planning
  • Teacher education
  • End-to-end school transformation
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Carrying out teacher training needs analyses
  • Staff recruitment, organisation, training and development for educational institutions
  • Facilitator, specialising in various areas of Personal development
  • Mentoring and coaching of school leaders
  • Developing and delivering training programmes for teachers, school leaders and school boards