Starting blog as a teacher or lecturer is a great way for you to start engaging your class, pupils or students in a new dimension. Since all teachers in educational institutions are professionally trained and equip for the effective performance of their duties with the use information, starting a blog will helps to improve the growth and development of lessons and learners.
This kind of blog gives different learners (fast, average and slow learners as well as the introverts and extroverts alike) the opportunities to express themselves beyond the system of education and challenge one another educationally. In the end, they will be motivated as learners to start learning, reading, analyzing, solving problems, taking research and commenting on courses related studies and assignments.
At the end, you will be getting desirable feedbacks. Before going into details, let’s consider how system of education are structured in Nigeria.
SYSTEM OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
The Nigerian education system is structured into:
1. Early Child Care and Development aged 0 -4 years.
2. Basic Education aged 5 -15 years. It encompasses Pre-Primary 1 year, 6 years of Primary Education and 3 years of Junior Secondary Education.
3. Post – Basic Education of 3 years in Senior Secondary Schools and Technical Colleges.
4. Tertiary Education provided in Colleges of Education, Monotechnics, Polytechnics, and the Universities.
The quality of instruction at all levels of education shall be oriented towards inculcating the following values –
1. respect for the worth and dignity of the individual.
2. faith in man’s ability to make rational decisions.
3. moral and spiritual principles in inter-personal and human relations.
4. shared responsibility for the common good of society.
e. promotion of the physical, emotional and psychological development of all children.
f. acquisition of functional skills and competencies necessary for self-reliance.
NATIONAL GOALS OF NIGERIA EDUCATION
The five main national goals of Nigeria as stated in the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria are the building of:
1. A free and democratic society.
2. a just and egalitarian society.
3. united, strong and self-reliant nation.
4. a great and dynamic economy.
5. a land full of bright opportunities for all citizens.
TEACHER EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
In recognition of the pivotal role of quality teachers in the provision of quality education at all levels, teacher education shall continue to be emphasized in educational planning and development. The minimum qualification for entry into the teaching profession shall be the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).
The goals of Teacher Education shall be to:
1. produce highly motivated, conscientious and efficient classroom
teachers for all levels of the educational system;
2. further encourage the spirit of enquiry and creativity in teachers;
3. help teachers fit into the social life of the community and the society at large and enhance their commitment to national goals;
4. provide teachers with the intellectual and professional background adequate for their assignment and to make them adaptable to changing situations.
5. enhance teachers’ commitment to the teaching profession.
TEACHER VS LECTURER
The main difference between teacher and lecturer is that teachers teach at primary and secondary schools while lecturers work at universities and other higher institutions of learning such as polytechnics and colleges of education.
There are many opportunities for teachers and lecturers are alike in this digital world. Blogging is one of them and the most lucrative side hustle. Just like me and other bloggers out there, we start blogging as a secondary hustle but now is the main hustle, business, job and what I have to offer. Startblogs.ng is one them.
Before I state blogging, my salary is ₦65,000 approximately in a month while blogging returns is about ₦30,000 monthly between 2018 – 2020. But now, the difference is massive. My salary is now ₦99,000 monthly while blogging is now between ₦350,000 – ₦970,000 max. Question of the day – which of them should I consider as main job? That’s one of the reasons I’m sharing this knowledge. Knowledge is power but if it is not channel properly, it turns waste.
Education blogs are also known as Edublogs. Education blogs are blogs that be created by teachers and lecturers for academic purposes to –
1. support teaching and learning,
2. facilitate reflection,
3. self questioning, and
4. collaborate by providing contexts for engaging in higher-order thinking.
teachers teach at primary and secondary schools. Starting blogs as a teacher, you must put different into consideration, the pupils age and class. Primary schools are structured into –
1. Early Child Care and Development aged 0 – 4 years. For examples –
2. Basic Education aged 5 -15 years. It encompasses Pre – Primary 1 year, 6 years of Primary Education and 3 years of Junior Secondary Education.
Early Child Care and Development Blogs
There are two types of blogs that can be created as teachers in this category.
1. Pictorial charts
Pictorial charts are important educational resources used to facilitate teaching and learning by allowing you to focus on making engaging, interactive, and educational content that makes an impact in the life of the children. Charts can be created online according to the recommended scheme to serve as resource for you, your children and other teachers.
Videos are also educational resources that can be recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images. There are a lot of educational videos for kids but most are foreign videos. You can also produce similar local videos in different languages.
Some teachers have already started producing local educative videos but in CD/DVD and it is not common online. This time, bring the concept online and smile to the bank.
Primary and Secondary School Blogs
Teachers in this category can prepare relevant lessons online for easy accessibility for the students at no cost at all. Yes, I mean free of charge. Your students are the target audiences. Always make reference to the blog. Prepare problems for them to solve and the solutions to their online.
Encourage other classes to approach you for learning support. Give clues on how to solve their problems and where to get them. They quickly rush to it. Before you know it, you are building a massive traffic. In next 3 years plus, you have already build Edulog Resources Centre.
Points to note – Primary school teachers have the opportunities to handle all subjects but the secondary teachers are not except for related subjects. For example – science teachers probably will able to handle related science subjects. Same thing goes to art and commercial teachers.
University’s lectures are the most well paid in education but money no do people. We are all Oliver Twist, always want more. That’s the reasons they open a business centre where they sell books, handout, and other materials and mostly make it compulsory their students.
Most of the materials are considered illegal materials but secretly sell the materials to the students. Here is the good news, you don’t have to create materials and still sell them with tension. Why not take these materials online where your students can access them free of charge.
You don’t have to lecture them and at the same time, dictate the notes as the same time. Lecture them and direct them to where they get the materials for that class. It’s amazing. All journals, books and publications can available and accessible as well.
HOW TO GET STARTED
If you’re are ready for quick guide on how to start you own blog and make money online, take the following steps –
1. Choose a Domain Name
2. Choose a Web Host
3. Choose a WordPress Theme
4. Design Tips for Customization
5. Create Content
6. Publish content and grow your blog
7. Monetize your blog
Read: The Cost of Starting a Blog in Nigeria
There are many side hustles in education but Edublog is the most lucrative may want to consider trying. I have thrown the ball at you but it is now your responsibility to take the next action.
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