How to Teach Nigerian students


Let’s face it, Nigerian pupils and students are characteristically rowdy, eccentric and inclined to be stubborn. How to teach Nigerian students efficiently requires a myriad of qualities, stretching from patience to perseverance, the ability to put up with juvenile delinquency and wielding optimum self-control.
Teachers are the most hired set of workers in Nigeria. They have the prerogative to shape the future of the students they teach positively or negatively.
Assuming a teacher encourages or pays deaf ears to verbal abuse of a student who is somewhat disadvantaged or disabled, or a member of a stereotyped race/class of people and a child that is bereft of body weight or slow on the uptake. Such a student will experience low morale, low self-esteem, insecurity and exhibit bad social skills due to exposure to such treatment.
Teachers often find themselves walking the tightrope of helping students approach life sinking or swimming in it. The foundations of the big wigs were laid in schools and colleges, and teachers undoubtedly play instrumental roles in their success story.
Before I broadly elaborate on the prerequisites of being a reputable teacher in Nigeria, I would like to enlighten you on the shortcomings of the Nigerian teaching system.
1.    Poorly qualified Teachers:  It takes a lot more than a degree in a given discipline to be a certified teacher of that field. Nowadays graduates of random disciplines in the university are recruited into Nigerian schools to teach subjects that they didn’t study as a major in the university. It is one thing to be well versed in a field of study, and it is a different thing to instill that knowledge in the minds of young Nigerian students.

2.    Teaching Methods: How deep a student understands a lesson hinges solely on the method(s) deployed by the class teacher. Some teachers adopt a little too harsh and inexplicable method of teaching and apply extreme disciplinary measures in a bid to control the class.

3.    Bad Learning Conditions: The Nigerian public school system is generally plagued by atrocious learning conditions – a factor that has mired the academic success of many Nigerian students. Libraries, computer and science laboratories are a sorry sight weighed down with obsolete and below-the-par facilities. Under such conditions, it is hard for a student to explore his/her potential ultimately.


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Whether you are a job seeker or a fresh graduate on the verge of delving into the Nigerian job market, there’s a high likelihood of coming across a job opportunity as a school teacher.  
It might be daunting if you have no experience in teaching, even more so if you are entirely unaware of what is required of you to excel in the teaching profession. The core objective of this article is to assist new Teachers to successfully flourish in the teaching profession to help groom the leaders of tomorrow. First things first, click here to figure out how to introduce yourself in class.
1.    Know your stuff: This is the most crucial requirement of a teacher – having up-to-date facts and information about his field. A good teacher never feels complacent or smug about knowing it all; you always have to strive to broaden your horizon in order to teach more effectively.
2.    Discipline students when necessary: Many teachers shirk away from disciplining students when they do something silly.
Let me tell you an anecdote about my first year in junior secondary school. The math teacher was one hell of a disciplinarian; seeing him smile was a sight for sore eyes. He always moved around with at least a dozen whips of different lengths, shapes, and sizes and would never hesitate to beat an entire class of fifty if any student misbehaves in his class. This made us pay deeper attention to his teaching, and for this reason, we excelled greatly in math.
3.    Be Friendly and Approachable: Students love teachers they can go to when they are confused about a certain topic and teachers that are willing to listen and assist them to understand any vague topic fully. But students will flee from you if you are hostile and stern.

Bottom Line: How to teach students is a job that requires special aptitude and skill by default, let alone Nigerian ones in the hood; you need some tricks up your sleeves. Undoubtedly, this article provided you more than one.

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