WHY I SEND STUDENTS TO READ POSTS ON MY BLOG
Someone just made my day. She dropped this comment under the pinned post on my Facebook page, Aunty Edith:
“I’m beginning to love you, ma 🤭Aunty Edith!
“I heard stories of how students are forced to visit your blog, even when they feel like they don’t need it.
“But what I see is different from the picture they tried to paint.
“I thought I’m weird to have been optimistic in virtually everything I do, but I’ve seen a model of that today.
“I’ll be like you when I grow up, ma! 🤭”
“Thanks a lot for the compliment. It means a lot to me.
“About our students, training is not always pleasurable or desirable but the results are totally worth it.
“I need to emphasise that none of my blogs is commercial. Everything I do online is to teach and bless others, particularly my students, beyond what the limited time in the classroom can accommodate.”
Reasons I Send Students To Read Posts On This Blog
Let me elaborate on why I send students to read articles on this blog and do exercises from them as part of their continuous assessment (CA).
This blog has a category called Academic Resources that contains detailed lectures on different topics in Mass Communication. If you’ve visited any of our classrooms lately, you’ll see that the sitting arrangements do not offer the comfort of taking notes as every student would wish to. And even when they do, some students misspell words and mix up the ideas presented. So I upload material they can read at their leisure to get a better grasp of what they’ve been taught in some courses.
Moreover, by God’s grace, I teach mostly writing courses. So I give students writing assignments for CA. But to help them build their vocabulary and learn literary devices/techniques that can lift their writing above the pedestrian level, I send them to the blog, My Musings, to read just a little bit of the over 450 posts there.
My experience is that no matter how attractively you paint an exercise, students will not engage in it except they see that they can gain some marks from it. So I ask questions for submission to ensure they learn what I sent them to the blog for.
I’d like to reiterate that this is an altruistic, not profit-making, arrangement. I have no ads or affiliated marketing links on the blog. And I encourage students who don’t have smart phones to do the assignments with their friends who do.
On internet connection, students can use the school WiFi. If they live off campus or the WiFi connection is spotty, a few days of night plan on local GSM networks takes care of that.
The aim is to get the students excited about writing and equipped to venture into it frequently and successfully.
There’s also the aspect of character development. The university demands that students be found worthy in character and learning before being graduated. That is proper because education comprises both intellectual and moral training. We can hardly cover the intellectual aspect with the limited time we teach each semester. The moral aspect is almost forgotten.
The posts I send students to read convey moral lessons and values like honesty, determination and diligence.
I have addressed so many issues like Ponzi schemes and co-habitation to discourage students from engaging in them. I do this in both formal and informal posts. The latter are quite entertaining. Many are in poetic and fictional formats. That way, the students can learn while relaxing.
The search terms on the blog show that students in other disciplines also come to find material to do their assignments on the blog.
I consider this my contribution to the broad education of every young person who accesses the blog and I profusely thank all those who have encouraged me over the years in this venture.
(My second blog offers biblical encouragement and is thus called Aunty Edith’s Blog (Encouragement Café).
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