Lagos Junior Boys Academy Tuesday 12th February 2018

After a great nights sleep and a wonderful breakfast I get picked up again early morning and head off to the busy streets of Lagos. Today I will spend a whole day at Lagos Junior Boys Academy school, observing lessons and getting a chance to chat with the students and staff. First, lets deal with the traffic!!

I love some of these vehicles and their battle scars, they do tell a story of such hardship!

On arrival at the school I'm mobbed by some very excited year 8 and 9 students who show me what they have collected for the project we are doing later in the week.

At the school I get to observe many different lessons in Art, French, Maths, and Citizenship. I am really impressed with the high levels of teaching and learning in all the subjects I observe. I am especially impressed again with the ability staff display dealing with large groups of students, considering the lack of basic resources. The teachers are very proactive in making use of the resources that they have, the students. They use excellent questioning and answering techniques to deliver their material, eliciting responses and affirming that learning is tasking place for their students. I was particularly impressed with the pace of teaching in both French and Citizenship; the preparation and delivery in both lessons was excellent; imagine what these teachers could achieve with the types of resources we have at LPGS and take for granted!

In Art or, Cultural and Creative Arts, the students discuss rivers and what rivers provide the community with. They discuss aspects such as, resources like food, fishing and minerals. They talk about how they use the rivers nearby for leisure activities such as swimming and playing sports. The discussion is lively and well maintained by the teacher; she provides opportunities for reflection and the ability for students to use their voice. The conversation leads to discussion about other aspects of the rivers such as superstition. The students discuss sea creatures and monsters, they talk about mermaids and some offer their experiences of what they would do if they saw a mermaid. After the discussion the teacher then asks them to document their ideas about what a mermaid might look like via visual responses. The students work on paper that they provide themselves in assorted sketchbooks or odd pieces of paper. They use some of the materials provided by the school; minimal, small sets of basic paints and a few paint brushes. They make wonderful visual impressions of what they perceive to be a mermaid, I discuss with them how they might embellish the surface of the mermaid's fish tail by making textured rubbings of surfaces and we look at how to collage and render back into the drawings. I am mobbed by students wanting to share their visual outcomes with me, asking how they might improve their work. This really does feel like such a productive, working Art studio; great atmosphere and willingness to express the self through visual means. I am taken by how the curriculum has been creatively manipulated here to bring together aspects of History, Geography and Visual Arts.

Just time at the end of the day to celebrate a birthday. Wow!! What a cake!! I got some to take home; well to my hotel anyway.

Out of school back at the hotel, time to relax before I head out to meet the other teachers on the British Council project and see how they have been getting on. Always nice to come home to a welcoming friend chilling out, or warming up on my patio!! Bye for now.

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