By Amaka Abayomi
IN its bid to improve the academic performance of students, Olashore International School, OIS, is canvassing for emotionally literate teachers that will be well equipped to deal with students through the students’ Social and Emotional Aspect of Learning, SEAL.
This was the main focus of the Olashore Teachers Training Programme for Olashore Partner Schools. Themed “21st Century Challenges and Remedies in Teaching And Learning’, the training programme is a geared at creating a forum where teachers from partner schools can share ideas on improving self and effectiveness.
Highlighting the relevance of SEAL, one of the facilitators and a Bradford College trained teacher, Mr. Jatto John, who is Olashore Master Teacher in Physics department, said to be emotionally literate is to be able to handle emotions in a way that improves your personal power, quality of life and the quality of life for the people around you.
He said “SEAL can affect a student’s academic performance both positively and negatively. It will be good for a teacher to have a reasonable insight into the background of the child in order to manage interactions. If a child knows that you empathize with him or her, they pay more attention during classes, and positive responses will be seen in the child’s academics. In order to manage students’ behavior, certain skills should be employed such as Self-awareness, emotional management, empathy, motivation, and social interaction.”
Some of the participants shared their views. According to Mrs. Doyinsola Adebumeyin, a Montessori Director from the Learning Place Montessori School, “the training has enabled me get a lot more ideas on what to do and not to do in teaching. I will be going back to my environment, not just to my class work, but also to share with my colleagues, so that together, we will raise children in a better place. One of the facilitators spoke about it being a continuum and I look forward to it happening more frequently so we can learn more.”
For Mr. Tachie-Menson Gafari, a teacher from the Diamonds Private School, “I have learnt how to improve and help my students learn deeply. OIS did well to have put this training together and it shows how they contributing towards improving education in Nigeria. This is the second time I’m attending this training program, and it has made a huge impact in my life.”