Teachers, Even Superhero Teachers Can’t Do It All!

We all believe in the power of teachers, both positive and negative, on their students. I do think that teachers make a difference – but I cannot put all of my faith in these “superstar teachers” to reform the education system the way that is truly needed, or be the sole reason for my child’s performance this new school year and here’s why:
1.    Limited superhero teachers for the growing number of kids and schools.
The schools that desperately need some sort of superstar superheroes are often unable to pay them and cannot attract the skills into the areas they are needed most to make the change. If with some stroke of luck they do find this superhuman, they do not last and school cannot retain quality, teachers.
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2.    Superhero Teachers can fix most problems, but poverty is not one. Location! Location!! Location!!!.
Schools located in poverty and less access to basic amenities, have higher percentages of students living in poverty and have fewer resources available for teaching. They often have a persistent achievement gap and cannot afford superhero teachers to help bridge this cycle, cache 22 situation.
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3.    Teachers are normally only temporary fixtures at a school.
All good things must come to an end and superhero teachers are no exception. Teachers good or bad come and go, moving from school to school or on to different careers. As with all things in life they will be at various stages of their teaching career (early years of teaching or nearing retirement) and that do have an influence either directly or indirectly on student’s performance.
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4.    First teachers; should not be last teachers; parents need to become more involved.
 Parents are key to supporting, if not inspiring, life-long learning. When parents get involved with their children’s education, they tend to succeed academically and perform better on exams. Conversely, children, whose families are not as involved in their school experiences, are often unable to compete academically with peers.
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Superhero teacher or not, I think it is unfair to blame teachers solely for the performance of their students. I agree they play a critical role in shaping the young minds in their classrooms and should they be held accountable for that  O yes! But so as long as some children are routinely assigned the least-prepared teachers, attend schools in disrepair, make do with outdated technology and instructional materials, and have limited access to a broad and rich curriculum, our nation is still at risk.

However, it seems to me that the root of issues in classrooms that tend to cause the most problems for students failure (like poverty and ill-equipped or uninvolved parents) should be the target of any true reform.
Teachers cannot do this alone, there is a lot all parties involved (Government, Parents, School educators/ owner, teachers) can do to help eradicate the profound inequities among schools and students and to fulfill our great country deep need for reform. Are you working at this for this new school year?

Leaving you with this question? I TEACH SO WHAT’S YOUR SUPERPOWER?
Have a Happy new school year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Puzzlextra’s Maths Lessons & it’s All Fun and Games

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This blog will introduce Five Games for teaching Math Facts to kids while having fun.

Practice is not what you do when you are good, it’s what makes you good, so Practice! Practice! Practice!

That’s how most students learn their addition facts or times tables.

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At our Puzzle challenge club, we teach maths as part of our curriculum and it’s OK to lighten up and add some fun to math-facts learning. 

As phonics and learning the alphabets are fundamental to the ability to read, so knowing math facts is the foundation to future math learning.

The basic for maths are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Accuracy and speed are the goals. Work sheets and timed tests and games are all okay and abound in many schools and parents table but what of games! Yes! Games — are often the tools.

This week, PUZZLEXTRA LIMITED – an edutainment company working in Nigeria, with an aim to develop critical thinking skills and cognitive abilities in school learners of all ages, offers you…

FIVE GAMES TO ENGAGE STUDENTS AS THEY LEARN MATH FACTS

Math Dice
This fun math Dice reinforces math facts in a very visual way.  Also have variants – Power dice and Junior for the younger kids

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Conceptual Bingo
Adapt the BINGO game to reinforce multiplication table skills. Addresses various maths section – factorization, multiplication, additions 

                                          

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Equate
This fast-paced team board game, is a fun way to practice math facts. Also have variants – Junior for younger kids

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Zingo 1-2-3
This fun math game reinforces math facts in a very visual way ideal for younger kids.

Prime Pack

Adapt a traditional card game to practice math facts. Factors, division and multiplication.

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Games –card games, and computer games — actively engage students as they reduce stress and make learning fun

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BRAIN ACTIVE GAMES – HAPPY CUBES

Puzzlextra Limited, an edutainment company is proud to introduce this brain worthy product to the Nigerian Market.

Wow where has January gone? Welcome to a new month and another new product, we hope you have being exercising your brains and most especially we hope you have enjoyed products we have highlighted do far:

This week we will be showcasing HAPPY CUBE products to the Nigerian brain industry; our question to you is “How Flexible is your brain?”

Our product of choice for discussion is Happy Cube 3D puzzle.

This is an international award winning ingenious product which is suitable for all ages.  It is a 2-D and 3-D foam puzzle which happened to be our bestselling classic amongst educational puzzles at the Lagos Trade Fair and also a favourite with the kids at our Puzzle Challenge Club which are held at various schools across the country. This simplistic concept is the driving force behind its popularity.

How flexible is your brain?

How flexible is your brain?

So what is this simple concept you ask? The concept is with 6 puzzle parts, you first build a perfect cube (3-D) and then you fit the pieces back into the frame (2-D). Easier said than done; you can also go the extra mile where multiple puzzles can be joined together to form new multi- dimensional shapes.

Recommended Age: The manufacturer suggests ages 3 and up, and we couldn’t agree more.

Brain Active Games – Who is this for you ask?

It is ideal for family (Home), Corporate, Schools (motivate your pupils with the Happy Cube puzzles) ideal for events, have products that fits into party bags for Birthday parties, Game nights

Students at our Puzzle Challenge day (see pictures below) were very eager to put these soft and colourful pieces together and in doing that it has fostered team building and enhanced their creativity skills while having fun.

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Skills set: 

I know you’ve heard this some many times now but we must stress that with all of our products we have gone through a rigorous selection process to ensure that we offer our customers products that meets the 3E’s Criteria– Educational, Entertaining and Exciting  of product selection.

The Happy Cube family is an excellent educational and IQ building game from which you can choose from various levels of difficulties of different versions of this product.

First range is the Happy Cube Family – Made up of

 Little Genius/Happy Cube/ Profi Cube/ Marble Cube

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For Corporate Challenge or gifts  

Try our Happy Cube Acrylic© is a high-graded design gift to puzzle fans and it comes as a transparent version. We also can do Corporate branding 

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Other Products within the range:

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No matter your age, having a go will help develop and enhance the following skills sets: Hand and eye co- ordination, Logical, problem solving, strategy, Visual thinking & Team Work

What’s in the Pack ?

There are four graded packs of six cubes to choose from. The Happy Cube is the original cubes, which are nicely challenging. However there are other the Happy Cube XL with a challenge box, the planet, also we have key chains which are featherweight and ideal for party bags. Valentine coming give our puzzling flowers bouquet.

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Ready, Set, Play!

This product promises hours and hours of fun as each set comes with six coloured puzzles, flat-packed and your challenge will be to turn these flat pack into six cubes. Once they have been made the cube, the next stage is to fit them all back into their flat packs, which is easier said than done!

Ready to increase the level of difficulty: you can go on to build multiple shapes out of pieces from each cube.

Home play- Happy customer

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Sisi flexing her brain not muscles

Hope you buy it! It’s a great educational and family friendly game.

Where to Buy in Nigeria:

Lagos: Jumia Online retailers, Mega Plaza, The Hub, Ebeanor

East: Eastern Supermarket, Living Source Supermarket, Pentagon

North: Glory Plaza Abuja and Kaduna

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