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Jennifer Emelife

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Being A Strategic Teacher

First published on Medium, February 12th, 2018 My absolute favourite thing about the American system of education is that they have got a name for everything: Think Pair Share for when students are supposed to...

Tough Topic: To Teach or Not to Teach?

First published on Medium, April 26th, 2018 Today’s post was going to be about a statement a kid in my class made to his friend, with best intentions — ‘you don’t hit girls’, but I have just...

Abduction in Nigerian Schools: Where is the rage?

First published on Medium, Mar 26, 2018March For Our Lives is a student-led protest against school shootings, pushing for gun control in America. The picture above, taken on the day of the protest, is of Brittany,...

Literature Awakens and Empowers

First published on Medium, February 23rd, 2018  “I’m not sure why people are so surprised that the students are rising up — we’ve been feeding them a steady diet of dystopian literature showing teens leading the charge...

Teacher Truth Nobody Tells You

First published on Medium, March 13th, 2018 I am looking at this picture taken by one of my favourite kids in school today and I can’t help but think about how this is all I’d...

Conversations With My Student

First published on Medium, May 10th, 2018 I drove home today alongside my student, his uncle and a male teacher. I shared the backseat with my student and while his uncle (who drove) and the...

What is Male Feminism?

First published on Medium, May 3rd, 2018 Can I just interrupt your night to say that my student, whom I was supervising this evening for a test he missed two days ago, stopped writing to...

Teacher Proud Moments: 14 year old on Things Fall Apart

My 9th graders and I spent the last months of the 2017-2018 school year studying two texts: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. They found the latter...

Introducing Shakespeare to Students: Four Fun Ways

Hey fam! Uche Nora​​, one of our esteemed Literature teachers posed a question as to how to make the language of Othello by William Shakespeare accessible for her students. I’m sharing this as a...

Be the Kind of Student You Seek

I have a new set of interesting kids as students. As with all my lessons, I always emphasise on spelling and grammar so I encourage my students to often go over their work instead...

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