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SamuelAhiagah
By SamuelAhiagah | self meida writer
Published 29 days ago - 31 views

I was teaching a lesson that involves multiplication. The student was supposed to multiply 2 by 10 to get the correct answer for me. 


In my attempt to guide her to realize the answer for herself, I asked her to recite the 2times table. She started and ended at 12. The answer was there but she still doesn't recognize it. 


So, I asked her again. According to what you just recited, Two-ten is what? She answered "Twenty". What about two times ten? She said she doesn't know. 


Obviously, she doesn't know that the two-ten as she recited actually meant two times ten or two multiplied by ten. She is not the only one. And it is not their fault. The fault is from us the teachers. We only taught then to recite and that's exactly what they are giving us back. Most of us don't spare some of the time to explain the idealogy behind what they recite. 


I am just using the example above to make a point. One of my colleagues complained to me today that her learners can't even tell what date Ghana gained Independence meanwhile they have been singing a matching song every morning which contains this important information. 


When she narrated the incident, I knew exactly what she was talking about. You see that KG rhyme we all use to recite " Betty bought and bit of butter" I never understood what we were reciting until I went to college.


During our on-campus teaching practice, one of my mates taught this rhyme and he opened my eyes to exactly what the words of the tongue twister meant. All along, I my mind, it was *peti portor pitor pater* 🙈 


So you see, it is very important that, any recitation, song, tongue twister, poem or rhyme you teach, you take a few moment to treat the key words the meaning and the brain behind them if you have to use it for any lesson. 


Stop assuming that they know or should know. People like me are in your class. We are very good at imitating and parroting sounds to avoid punishment. It's a survival skill.


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