It’s Feature Friday! Today’s edition features one of our own Grenville staff: Okunniga Babajide Abiodun (Mr. Kotch). We asked him some questions, and here’s what he had to say:
1.What do you teach and what class do you teach?
Mr. Kotch: My name is Okunniga Babajide Kotch.
I teach year 7A, B, C , year 8A & B, year 9A and B, SEN Department, special Class, Year 5A & B , year 6A and B
2. Tell us one of your hidden talents.
Mr. Kotch: One of my hidden talents is the ability to make young talents that have phobia for drawing, love Art by all means. Bridging the gap between the talented students who have the ability to draw and others who believed they can’t get anything positive in Art.
Using “sandwich feedback technique” response helps relieve the tension and anxiety of the struggling students. They always want a positive reaffirmation about their works.
Working with them on this path has greatly resuscitated their confidence to a large extent.
3. If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Mr. Kotch: They should remember that Art is life. Do what you love doing. it’ll make your life easier and simpler. Believe in God and put in your best in all you do. Whatever is worth doing , is what doing well. Be consistent, passionate and never give up your dreams.
Even if you don’t like a subject, courtesy demand you respect the teacher and the time they take out to ensure you learn something new. Additionally, do all your class works and assignments when due.
Respect teachers, fellow students, staff, school rules and regulations.
4. What’s the best/worst thing about being a teacher?
Mr. Kotch: I’ve witnessed the best aspect being a teacher, I hope I won’t see any worse, because I’ve been privileged to teach reasonable and diligent students in Grenville’s schools. Mr. Kotch:I’ve witnessed the best aspect being a teacher, I hope I won’t see any worse, because I’ve been privileged to teach reasonable and diligent students in Grenville’s schools.
We have a fantastic Management team, reliable staffs, and a God-fearing Chairman and a Madam Director. I love art, so each day I go to work, it’s a special day for me. I don’t fret over Monday morning. I’m always excited to go to work and teach! I’m proud to say I teach Art in Grenville Schools
Imparting knowledge has always been my passion and it hasn’t diminished for over a decade.
5. What would you say your students would remember you for?
Mr. Kotch: They would say that Mr. Kotch is the best art teacher they’ve ever come across! As I teach them, I look out for the progress and improvement. Each student is unique in their own little way. I tell them every one is intelligent, because there are different types of intelligence. If we judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, the fish will fail. And don’t judge a monkey by its ability to swim.
Put the square peg in the square hole, measure student’s ability based on what they can do and how they can improve on it.
What do you admire most about Grenville Students?
They are determined, resilient ready to learn and most importantly cultured. They tackle projects assignments and class work with great determination with a passion to excel. Few students come in from other schools with a mentality of “I don’t like art , because I can’t draw”
But once they attend art classes, I expose to them the secrets of learning Art without stress. They come back willingly to complete projects and ask questions on grey areas.
The beauty of teaching young minds is they open up and ask questions and they are eager to learn.
Grenville schools students are gradually emerging as captains of industries and they will soon emerge as world leaders by the Grace of. God. I believe in the motto:- Trust in God Excel and lead
Thank you so much and God bless.