Hi, I'm Ms Tope!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have been teaching in a pre-school in my home country where I have helped developed and implemented curriculum that has helped integrate children in a school environment through gainful play, material exploration and self chosen activities. I believe when children are given opportunities to explore, play and build up on their sensitivities, it brings out their creativity and desire for life-long learning, which would be the primary style of teaching I would inculcate.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher? I would advice the person to be ready for personal continuous improvement and to be patient enough to have to learn from the children how they want to be educated.
How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment? Early years children have this absorbent mind where they learn mostly by sponging up all they are exposed to. As a teacher it is then important to be a role model where all you want the child to be and do, has to be reflected in the way you act and the things you do. One easy way is to treat the child respectfully always and show kindness to the environment and everyone in order for the child to model such acts.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was Dr Olayinka. She happened to be my project supervisor in the University. In spite of her busy schedule, she was always available, attentive and flexible. She took her time to understand me and worked with me at my own pace to make me a better student. She was very firm and at the same time kind. She made it easy for me to relate with her and to begin to see her as much more that my teacher.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? In any environment, I believe there has to be expectations, laid down and agreed rules as well as consequences. My philosophy to behavioral management would involve getting children involved in knowing what is expected of them and having ground rules and consequences for not following such rules. Another beneficial approach, would be to be kind,firm and consistent with these expectations. This helps take charge of their own action and become responsible.
Are there any projects you’ve done (related or unrelated to teaching) that you’d like to share? Yes, the project involved raising funds for charity to help renovate a school for the less privileged in my community in Nigeria. I coordinated young children between the ages of 18months to 4 years in a cooking competition. Each team had to prepare a different meal, set it up in a restaurant manner and make sales. The funds raised formed part of the capital used for the charity.
Credentials: Diploma in Infant-Toddler Training, Basic First Aid and CPR training