Category: Child Development

Why You Should Make Your Life Spectacular – Robin Williams

Why You Should Make Your Life Spectacular – Robin Williams

Nowadays, students are at the height of school exam pressure, and most of them are wondering the same question I used to ask during my school days ‘what am I going to do? Where am I going to be in 10 years?’ When I hear that students are concerned about their future, I reflect on what makes them worry so much about their careers at 14 or 15 years old. I believe the answer is right, hidden in the question itself. Society, parents, relatives, teachers, even a coach – everyone is expecting something from you, Students.

It is not like I am against this approach; it is good to see my students worry about their future, planning for whatever endeavour they want to achieve in their lives at that early age. However, when the planning starts getting on their nerves, such as high achievers, good grades etc., they start messing with the peace of students’ minds. Ask yourself, is it making any difference if you secure less and someone secures high? Achieving high positions will not guarantee you the highest career position. I know many will argue with me on this approach to life, but the question is, What is your definition of achievement? How do you define the best career? How you define progress, failure or success? It’s all in your head. But Sir, then how I would able to compete with the world? Continue reading “Why You Should Make Your Life Spectacular – Robin Williams”

Cyber-bullying: The Dark-side of Technology – Parents Beware

Cyber-bullying: The Dark-side of Technology – Parents Beware
By Ahmad Amirali

For the past three years of my teaching, the tendency in students complains about cyberbullying (CB) increased with an alarming rate. What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is a form of harassment using electronic or virtual means. This type of harassment is also commonly known as ‘online-bullying’ in many Asian countries including Pakistan and India. It termed ‘bullying’ which means when a youngster, typically teen, exchange harassed behaviour with others especially on social media. The harassed behaviour may include; rumours, threats, sexually explicit remarks or judgemental sentences, unethical and unlawful use of personal/sensitive information, and the use of ‘hate-speech’. Continue reading “Cyber-bullying: The Dark-side of Technology – Parents Beware”

Parental involvement, The Key that Leads to Students’ Success?

Parental involvement, The Key that Leads to Students’ Success?
By Ahmad Amirali

Let me tell you about some myths which I always heard in my childhood ‘your success is based on how much your teacher is investing in you’, ‘if you want success in your exams, follow your teacher’. Why are these assumptions myths? Let’s assume if these are myths, what factors should be involved in students’ academic success? Is it students’ socioeconomic profile or the profile of the school in which student is learning? The most crucial factor that leads to student success is how families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education. Continue reading “Parental involvement, The Key that Leads to Students’ Success?”

Ian – A Short Inspirational Story of a Boy Who Has a Cerebral Palsy

Ian – A Short Inspirational Story of a boy Who Had a Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood and may affect a child’s muscle movement, and tone. It is the most common disability in childhood. Children affected with CP may need constant care and support throughout their lives.

Ian (2018) is a short-animated true story of a boy named Ian who has the Cerebral Palsy. All he wants to have friends and play in the playground. But it seems impossible due to the bullying and discrimination which he encountered in his life. Continue reading “Ian – A Short Inspirational Story of a Boy Who Has a Cerebral Palsy”

The Difference a Year Makes: The Dangers of Early Schooling

When starting school, younger children are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD
By Ahmad Amirali

Last Week, a parent came to me and shared that Inara (made-up name) lacks concentration in class-tasks and her class teacher always complains about Inara’s lack of concentration in classwork. This phenomenon is called ‘Distractibility’ and is common nowadays in both Eastern and Western countries. Commonly, these symptoms associated with the term ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to which, students continuously forget things, make careless mistakes and seem like they are daydreaming in sessions and activities. Continue reading “The Difference a Year Makes: The Dangers of Early Schooling”