Mrs. EssienBassey, a Mathematics teacher at Pegasus High School, Eket, AkwaIbom State disclosed that her method of “preaching mathematics like a church sermon” has helped greatly in sustaining the interest of her students in the subject.
Bassey who accompanied her student to the venue of the on-going 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Television Quiz Show recently in Lagos explained that mathematics is a subject that requires a lot of emotions on the part of the teacher, and on the part of the students. “I have found out that Mathematics, like religion requires a lot of emotions; and since I discovered this, I have changed my tactics. Now I preach Mathematics; I don’t teach it. The bible is full of parables which Jesus used to illustrate his teachings that appeared difficult to his followers. The parables simplify the stories and consequently connect to the emotions of the listeners. The same I do in my class and it is working,” she told journalists outside the studio.
She maintained that Mathematics is an emotional subject that should be taught with a lot of conviction, to achieve short and long term objectives. “The short-term goal is for the students to pick enough interest to pass the subject, while the long term goal, for me is to convert the students to great mathematicians,” Bassey who has been teaching mathematics for the past thirteen years, said.
Her student, UwakmfomUtuk and AdemolaFatoke of Ota Total Academy, qualified for the semi-final in the senior category. The duo overcame OluwaseunEmoda of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State; BukolaAbolarin of Landmark University Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Kwara State; Nathaniel Damale of Aleka Academy, Ankpa, Kogi State; and Immaculate Conception Secondary School, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
In the junior category, Oreofe Daniel of The Ambassador College, Ota, Ogun State and Micah Gabriel of Evangel College, Gombe, Gombe State qualified for the semi-finals. The duo defeated TaofikatTiamiyu of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State; Peter Atolagbe of Miracle International School, Osogbo, Osun State; Goodness Isang of Nigerian Turkish International School, Abuja; and FavourAnefu of Global Kids Academy, Sokoto, Sokoto State.