Biology is an important subject among the science subjects. Over the years, there has been much hue and cry' about the issue of ineffective teaching of biology in schools, which is being attributed to the poor academic performance of students in the subject at the Senior School Certificate Examination. Today, many students are finding Biology difficult due to poor teaching strategy of teachers, among other factors. It has been observed that many Biology teachers in schools are deficient in many aspects of the subject. This paper examines the strategies that can ensure the optimum performance of biology teachers in the school's setting.
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[...] To ensure their effectiveness in teaching, government should always organize free orientation exercise for newly recruited biology teachers before their posting to schools. Interaction with Fellow and Senior Colleagues There are individual differences as far as the possession of skills/knowledge is concerned. Apart from the fact that some teachers attended quality schools, some are better academically. Biology teachers should not see themselves as repertoires of knowledge and should thus imbibe the habit of consulting fellow or senior colleagues in the same or neighboring schools for adequate instructions, advice, particularly in areas they are finding difficult in the curriculum. [...]
[...] Strategies for Improving Biology Teachers Performance Many strategies can be adopted to improve the performance of Biology teacher. However, these strategies require the efforts of Biology teacher, government and institution's administrators. In-Service Education Many Authors (Dareng & Attah, 2000; Ihiegbulem, 2006) had suggested the need for in-service education of teachers in Nigeria, in view of their inadequacies. It is believed that though in-service education, teachers will be exposed to the pedagogy of teaching and new techniques / skills that can enhance their teaching effectiveness. [...]
[...] Government should however continue to organize more Biology seminars, conferences and workshops for Biology teachers in schools to enhance their effectiveness. Schools' administrators should endeavor to sponsor teachers for participation in these programmes. Those who are chosen to train teachers should always provide them adequate knowledge, particular, how to use new technologies in the laboratory activities. Knowledge gained by selected teachers, should be replicated to others at the end. Participation in Senior School Certificate (SSCE) Coordination and Marking Exercises Coordination is an exercise that precedes the actual marking exercise after the senior school certificate examination. [...]
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