PLANNING TO WIN THE BEE? PRACTICE!

GREAT RESULTS DEMANDS A GREAT START

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Spelling Competitions should not be considered as more distractions or interruptions of the school calendar and activities; they are useful tools in the development of the student or participant.

The Power of Spelling Bees…

Spelling Bee is very powerful! It is one competition that has gotten global acceptance and culture within schools, communities and individuals. The potency of the competition or contest can be classified into the following:

  1. Mood Context – Students sometimes DSC_5462have mood swings and easily need a huge form and level of motivation. The Spelling Bee is quite a useful tool to help set moods and also define moods for students. The winning, seriousness, alertness, etc are all forms of various moods that condition the student. So parents, educators and schools must realize this point and also seek to leverage on it.
  2. Atmosphere Context – I believe that learning can be fun. Indeed, learning should and must be fun. The spelling bee as a game, sport or competition can create the right atmosphere; useful for comportment, learning and other positive things.
  3. Academic Context – If ever there was aimages creative way to promote studying, research, reading, literacy, etc it would definitely be through spelling bees. We must remember that tools are used, they are a means to an end most times. Participants and students are required to learn words and study hard in preparation for the Spelling Bee Competition. Furthermore, during the competition, both the audience and speller get to learn about the correct spelling and sometimes the definitions of the words being spelt.
  4. Behavioural Context – Like most competitions, there are rules to obey and follow. The Spelling Bee Teachers and Students to be law abiding and rules conscious. It helps in the development of good behavior through compliance with rules.
  5. Skills Context – Reading is not just an activity but also a skill. The students are equipped with reading skills in preparation of most spelling bee competition.
  6. Esteem & Values Context – Everyone is considered a winner within the competition, however, some students will emerge as winners downloadof the grand prize(s). The temptation to cheat is curbed through the rules but participants are required to cheer each other…win or lose. This is a sign of good values. Their esteem is built and grown with the confidence infused into the participants due to the knowledge gained while studying for the competition. The competition also positions participants to overcome their fears by placing them before a large audience to spell. This eventually increases Self Esteem.
  7. Culture & History Context – The students get exposed to several words, roots/origin, part of speech, etc. This is indirectly a unique way of exposure to several culture and diverse history. Also, it helps to shape their career direction and interest.
  8. Brain & Performance Context – We have been told DSC_5860that what we don’t use goes dormant. In fact, our brains are not fully harnessed by us. Memorization of words, sounds, etc are some characteristics and features of the Spelling Bee. Hence, the brain gets to be utilized, stretched and also harnessed. The eventual outcome of this is better performance

AIM TO WIN

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We all aim for the best in life. Therefore, trainers, handlers and participants should aim for the best which is to WIN!. One sure way for this to happen is through PRACTICE!

There is a common quote that says “He who fails to practice has practiced to fail.”

PRACTICE TODAY AND EVERYDAY

You must begin a lifestyle and culture of practice for a great outcome.

When should you practice?

  1. When you are alone
  2. After reading
  3. When you’re excited
  4. When you’re with others
  5. When you don’t feel like

DO WHAT YOU’VE READ

In summary, you are expected to do something about what you’ve read and get your students to begin their journey of practicing.

ARE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE 10TH EDITION OF THE TEAMMASTERS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE???

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If your answer is NO, then you must hurry to register to be a part of this competition.

Payment Details: Teammasters Global Standard Limited/1012533092/Zenith Bank

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/SpellingBee10thEdition

for further enquiries, please call 08094644634, 08033856800 or you can send an email to olurotimi.eyitayo@spellingbeenigeria.com

Teammasters National Spelling Bee…..Spelling is Compelling

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STEP BACK FOR NEW PURSUIT

 

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Once in a while we are faced with the need to reflect on work, projects, business and our pursuit. This reflection is aimed at helping to analyze things, outcomes and results experienced. We also discover the need to set ourselves apart to refresh our minds and gain insights for the journey ahead. Most individuals call this a retreat or time out.

I certainly do believe that Time Out or Retreats are useful tools in setting the direction and pace for the next phase ahead. This could be done frequently as the need arises.

WHY SHOULD I STEP BACK?

 

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Stepping back presents everyone a great opportunity to see through the blind spots, and also over fatigue created by routine or stagnation. However, the demands of New Pursuit which could be expressed in terms of a new calendar year phase of life or birth of business tends to require clarity, strategy and readiness.

TO INITIATE RIGHT STEPS

Stepping back is not always a negative stride. It actually helps individuals and organization to rethink and initiate right moves and steps towards their desired results.

TO GAIN FRESH AND NEW PERSPECTIVE

Solitude can birth bliss as well inspire fresh ideas and angles to things during retreats.

LET’S TAKE THIS STEP TOGETHER

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In view of this reality, I would like to invite you to be a part of a two-day Retreat designed specially to benefit you immensely as you position yourself for a brand New Year.

This event is called the EDU-GLADIATORS RETREAT.

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INITIATE THE RIGHT STEPS

Please ensure you initiate the right steps towards a fulfilling Year 2018 by registering for the Education Gladiators Retreat.

DETAILS

EVENT: EDU-GLADIATORS RETREAT

DATE: December 20th and 21st, 2017

THEME: Perspectives

FEE: #20,000

ENQUIRIES: 08094644634; 08093856800

It will be a retreat with a difference. Get to explore and engage with participants ready for an experiential journey into a higher dimension with NEW PERSPECTIVE

#StepBackForTheNew

#StepBackForNewPursuit

Thank you.

Rotimi Eyitayo
Copyright 2017

THE BATTLE OF CONFORMITY

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There is a current challenge in our society and economy that needs to be seriously dealt with…

I stand firm to say that the battle of conformity has been an age long battle. Everyone tries to conform in order to fit in and seem like a member of the crowd, while others who try to seek nonconformity to show their individuality  always attract attention and negative agitation….we mostly tag it “bad” or “wrong”

Furthermore we tend to get so used to doing things one way and never even consider the possibility of achieving better results in a different way.

Many individuals  who have caused change and transformation in the world or made a great impact were non conformists who were not afraid to go against the grain and chose to try other means and options to solve problems and achieve better results….that’s what births innovation and creativity.

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME NON-CONFORMIST

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Examples of such people are;

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Martin Lurther King Jnr
  3. Walt Disney
  4. Mary Slessor
  5. Mother Theresa
  6. Maria Montessori

CON-CURRENT IMPACT

A lot of people are still beneficiaries of their innovation and creativity long after they have died. Even the Bible teaches that we should not conform to the world but to constantly renew our minds; this seems to be a difficult advice in our generation where crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo.

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Many voices and forces urge us to choose the path of least resistance, and bid us never to fight for an unpopular cause and never to be found in a pathetic minority of two or three.

In a sector such as Education, the degree of increase in knowledge and benchmarking has the tendency to throw the school industry in disarray. We already find some people frowning at certain issues in the name of “Standards”.

I personally question some of our so called standards;

Why can’t ALL schools shut down to celebrate World Teachers Day?

Why can’t ALL Teachers dress in Ankara Suits and blazers all through the week?

Why can’t we compose some new Nigerian Nursery Rhymes; Mary had a little lamb is no longer news and society has positioned London Bridge not to fall down!

These battles can be endless;

  1. Choice of uniforms
  2. Curriculum
  3. Standard and quality of teaching
  4. Teacher salary
  5. Student Performance
  6. Resumption Time or Closure

And much more!

We want innovation….it can only happen when we begin to act as non-conformists, seeking alternative ways for better results.

In Finland, the functional thing their early year’s children do in school is to play, play and play. Playing has a major effect in the growth and development of a child’s learning space and pace. But in this part of the world, we hinder our own children from playing because we consider it to be “unserious”. In fact, our parents will jointly facilitate the shutting down of the school because it means school fees has been a total waste and the schools are heartless.

As good as standards are, they don’t justify rightness until they have been tested and proven otherwise across all possible dimensions. Objectivity is very important!

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While the battle for conformity continues, we must understand that it is only contextual and should derive its meaning from the situation on ground.

WHAT THEN IS THE BALANCE

Conformity will never be a perfect gauge for equilibrium, hence, in our quest for transformation, we must understand that people will eventually conform…but at their own pace.

Observations of emerging trends within schools tend to trigger sensationalism in our reactions. Therefore what should our response be?

We must be reminded that creativity evolves and thrives with culture and as we drive towards growth and development, we as professionals and experts must indeed be careful not to swing in the wrong direction and position. We all must understand that certain key factors must indeed be understood;

UNDERSTANDING THE KEY FACTORS

Functional Mindset

The transformation we would witness would emerge from educators, professionals and stakeholders with functional mindsets. Our journey would be adventurous once we decided to change our disposition to that of a growth mindset. A growth mindset would challenge the status quo.

Our Common Denominator

As a sector, we need to find our common denominator such as;

  • We want growth and development in our schools and education
  • We want our schools to succeed
  • We want our students to have proper learning
  • We have to train our students in a way that would give them advantage in the open market locally and globally
  • We don’t want our system to be behind but also to stay and be ahead

There are so many common denominators. If we can identify them and agree as one voice, then we can all work towards achieving those common goals. There is no rule as to the “how”. As long as it is legit and sustainable, result is all we want.

Forge ahead with our goals and focus

With our identified goals in focus, we should be working out blueprints on how to achieve them. Our fear of not being left behind should be our driving force to stay ahead by creating practical and creative ways to achieving the results we want.

Private schools should not be doing the same thing we have always known them for. Let’s do things differently!

Conclusion

We should proceed to judge things through objectivity and not just conformity. What we should find instructive before we consider or tag anything as bad or wrong, must be to first to consider the essence behind such and test it.   There’s a difference between being an advocate and being an agitator; we should ask the right questions at all times.

Conformity has its place and can be a useful tool. It can also hinder and limit us based on reality on ground as well as our approach.

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In fact we must realize that it is conformity that has led us to the point we currently find ourselves. However, transformation can happen gradually and at a different pace for different people.

It is in our hands to make the transformation that we want in Nigeria’s Education Sector!

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”                – Christopher Morley

 

BEING NUMBER ONE

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Our craving for titles and being regarded in terms of positions when it comes to achievements is something that we don’t take for granted. Our up bring and nurturing has equally contributed to the reinforcement of going ahead of others to attain the position and feeling that comes with being NUMBER ONE.

So what does it mean to be Number One?

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This question can only be answered correctly if we treat being number one from different perspectives;

Perspective #1: Being Number One from Definition and Description

An individual, organization, product, etc is referred to as Number One when dominance, prominence and preference is achieved ahead of others within the same space or benchmark. It could also mean to attain the reference of being the first to start or create something.

Perspective #2: Being Number One from Feelings and Fulfillment

imagesThis is more of an inner state of being and resolve to see the best as only option which becomes a driving force to emerge the best.

This dimension is quite a critical dimension because most individuals, organizations and teams are first Number One from the place of belief before translating it on the outside.

I would recommend that as individuals or organizations, we should watch our focus while on the journey to attaining market leadership with reference to positions. We ought to focus on the “being” much more that he “doing”.

I know this is definitely a bit of departure from the norm as practical by many. We tend to consider jumping out ahead believing that we have limited time to be positional Number One.

Yes, I certainly agree that we don’t have all the time in the world but we all are Number One in disguise. The position is good but the state of “being” is better.

WOULD BEING NUMBER ONE CAUSE ANY CHANGE?

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Everything that is good and also posses value would always cost something. Being Number One would cost you three (3) major things…

  1. ASSOCIATION: You will need to gravitate towards the direction of individuals or associations that can nurse, inspire, stir and challenge the greatness inside you. Association comes with a price however, the benefits outweigh the cost. It would also cost you to disassociate with some individuals or groups.
  2. PRACTICE: Being the best would equally cost you practice; ability to repeat certain actions towards better understanding and mastery of the exact thing. Practice involves the indivudal’s attention and strength.
  3. TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: Training is quite different from practice. Being the best would require you seeking knowledge, getting informed and being equipped towards development in the line and direction of being the best.

IS IT WORTH BEING THE BEST?

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Nothing would give so much pleasure to realize the impact, influence, income that follows individuals, organizations, projects, groups, etc who truly are the best.

Furthermore, it is better to know that you give your all towards being the best than not trying. We all must remember at the end of life, time and chance that we would either be regretting being the best or reflecting and rejoicing on being the best.

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BE THE BEST! BE NUMBER ONE!

Thank You.

ROTIMI EYITAYO
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OFFICIAL TIMETABLE OF THE TEAMMASTERS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE (8TH EDITION)

Hello Everyone!

The entire Board, Management and Team Members of the Teammasters National Spelling Bee wishes you all a Happy New Year. We do hope that this new academic session will be a successful and fruitful one!

The holidays are usually a look forward to moment for everyone – school management, teachers, students and pupils, likewise parents due to the family funtime, spare time to rest as well as make plans for the new session…some people wish it could extend a little longer, don’t you?

Anyways, we are back to school now and like it or not…holidays are OVER!!! So get yourselves (body, mind and spirit) together and set the gear in motion for a fantastic session.

Right here on this side of the world is an ongoing full steam preparation towards the 8th Edition of the Teammasters National Spelling Bee.

We are excited to finally announce the dates of the 8th edition spelling bee!!! We hope you are as excited as we are. Below is the competition calendar:

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION CENTRES DATES
COORDINATOR’S BRIEFING (LAGOS ONLY) Coordinators would be briefed on the modalities of the competition. All Centres January 18, 2017
 

 

LAGOS DISTRICT FINALS

(Elimination Stage)

 
This is the first stage of the competition where all registered spellers compete. Elimination is done till qualifiers for the Zonals emerge.
Surulere District January 24 & 25, 2017
Ikeja District January 26 & 27, 2017
Berger District January 27 & 28, 2017
Festac District January 31 & February 1, 2017
Badagry District
Lekki District February 2 & 3, 2017
Ajah District
AKWA – IBOM STATE FINALS  

 

 

 

 

Students compete and get eliminated till the state finalists.

Uyo February 6, 2017
CROSS RIVER STATE FINALS Calabar February 7, 2017
RIVERS STATE DISTRICT & STATE FINALS Port – Harcourt February 8 – 11, 2017
BAYELSA STATE FINALS Yenogoa February 10, 2017
OGUN STATE FINALS Abeokuta February 13, 2017
OYO STATE FINALS Ibadan
ONDO STATE FINALS Akure February 14, 2017
EKITI STATE FINALS Ado – Ekiti
OSUN STATE FINALS Osogbo February 15, 2017
KWARA STATE FINALS Ilorin February 16, 2017

LAGOS STATE ZONALS
Qualifiers from the district level compete here. Elimination is done until state qualifiers emerge ·   Island Centre & Mainland Centre February 17, 2017
February 18, 2017
DELTA STATE FINALS Students compete for championship Warri February 20, 2017
ENUGU STATE FINALS Students compete for championship Enugu February 21, 2017
EDO STATE FINALS Students compete for championship Benin February 22, 2017

LAGOS STATE FINALS

 

ABUJA DISTRICT & STATE FINALS

Students compete at this stage until state finalists emerge ·   Pry Category February 24, 2017
·  Sec Category

 

 

February 25, 2017

 

February 27 & 28, 2017

 

NATIONAL FINALS & PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

This is the grand finale where top winners across participating states compete for championships. This is a closing ceremony for the edition where winners are awarded prizes and special awards. ·   Pry Category March 10, 2017
·   Sec Category March 11, 2017

We hope to announce the Hosting Schools and Venues very soon.

More updates on the competition would be coming your way as time goes. Some of which would include:

  • Unveiling & Profiling of the Pronouncer(s) of the Edition
  • Announcement of Hosting Schools
  • Announcement of available products
  • Unveiling of Participating Schools

Please feel free to contact us for further enquiries or assistance.

We look forward to an exciting edition…

Once again, WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

Cheers.

Spelling is Compelling…

Rotimi Eyitayo
Spelling Bee Director

 

A FRESH START FOR SCHOOL HEADS

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The academic session can be quite demanding for School Heads. This sometimes might lead to physical exhaustion as well as emotional and mental fatigue. The holiday period should be used to help rejuvenate the entire system and the mind while creating the time for a retreat.

This getaway doesn’t have to be a regular planned holiday but it might as well be a carved out time devoted to thinking things through.

A fresh start beginning with a retreat set apart to design the future and new session in order to avoid complete burn out.

The TeamMasters Summer Retreat for School Heads with Rotimi Eyitayo presents such an opportunity for all existing school heads, school leaders as well as individuals being groomed for school leadership.

At this retreat, participants would get to develop strategies for their individual businesses and academic institutions, development and insight through the different sessions.

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