How Risky the Teenage Obsession of Social Media Is

How Risky the Teenage Obsession of Social Media Is
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, one of my students texted me that he sent me a friendship request and it’s still pending, kindly accept it. He is now in his high school, and so I texted him back that I will look into it will confirm it. I usually don’t accept friendship requests from my students as long as they are studying with me. After which, I accepted their requests. This was an exception, However, the thought that struck my mind that my students already have my number he can contact me via call or text at any time then why is that important to him that I should accept his social media request? We can socialise face to face or via call, we humans don’t require an app or a medium to socialise with other humans. Does my students’ reaction on not accepting his friend request is the result of recent technological boom, or it is an obsession of social media itself? Read More …

Why Is Being Emotional Necessary for Our Children Better Future?

Why Is Being Emotional Necessary for Our Children Better Future?
By Ahmad Amirali

I still remember the words of my mum when I was nine years old, and I seriously injured myself while playing with a toy. I was crying continuously, and my mother kept reminding me ‘You are a boy, boys don’t cry, be brave and don’t cry.’ These are the words which we normally said to our children to comfort their feelings/emotions which they might have encountered for the very first time. Emotions like anger, guilt, sadness or even grief, shielding them with our courageous phrases, making them realise that these are ‘Bad Emotions’. One might’ve wondered why we don’t want our kids to experience certain emotions? Is there anything like ‘Bad Emotions’? As a human, we do have an emotional response to every situation and instance. It means every emotion has a certain meaning or importance in our lives. So why we start believing that being emotional is the sign of weakness and unnecessary for our kid’s personality development? Read More …

Help Children to See Good Side of Making Mistakes

Help Children to See Good Side of Making Mistakes

Recently three parents came to me complaining about their kids being naughty and taking a keen interest in home-related chores. I simply ask them how they handled the situation when their kids made mistakes? Two out of three parents confess that they use force by scolding their children or by using rough language; even one parent stated that she even swears her kids while scolding them. First of all, it is important to know that children, during their adolescence period, learn from their mistakes. Most adults understand this concept. We have failed to teach our children that there is a positive side to getting things wrong. Read More …

Wana De-Stress? Spend some time with Animals

Wana De-Stress? Spend some time with Animals

The University of Cambridge believes that the animals seemed happy to help and aided stressed students and those missing their pets. Staff from several colleges have brought in pets for those studying. The deputy librarian’s three-legged cat Jasper has been entertaining students at the Marshall Library of Economics for several years. “Tea with Jasper” events have sometimes attracted more than 100 people.

Four guinea pigs adopted by Lucy Cavendish College have proved an equal hit with students, who can pet them while they play in the garden. Read More …

Why Is Experiencing Nature Beneficial For Children?

Why Is Experiencing Nature Beneficial For Children?
By Ahmad Amirali

It’s been four years when I first tried to explore that topic as my Mteach practice-based enquiry (PBE) module; I was not sure about how much importance ‘outdoor learning’ has in adolescents’ cognitive development and engagement with the world. We always believe that children should provide a healthy and safe learning environment and for us ‘healthy and safe’ means no outside encounter. In my research Learning Outside the Classroom –  Students Responses and Learning Outcomes, I explain how exposure to outdoor helps adolescents to engage in an experiential mode of learning. The significant outcome of my research was individuals who spent more time in natural environments as kids appeared to have better mental health outcomes in their adulthood. Read More …

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, while working on my assignment, I was analysing my previous year student classwork task (I usually take snaps of my classroom activities and students’ performance to later show them to parents in PTMs). I found a student note in which he asked me a series of questions about the question I asked during the session of Crusades. I smile for a moment because all of a sudden, the whole school term just flashed into my eyes, reminding how different and curious today’s generation are. I wonder, what makes them question the question or even question the reason?  Is it something student’s way to explore reasons for the reason or it’s just a time-killing strategy? Read More …

Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development

Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, I happened to engage in a conversation with one of my older students, who is now in high school, about why she still needs to maintain and follow the rules set by their parents at this age.  According to my student, she does not like follow the rules, ‘simple she wants to live her life free from such boundaries’. Although the conversation ended on a peaceful note about the importance of time table and schedule. However, the question just popped in my mind that ‘what makes my student think that routine and structure are hindrances to her freedom? Read More …

The Impact of Video Games on Students Academic Progress

The Impact of Video Games on Students Academic Progress
By Ahmad Amirali

In previous term, there were many occasions when parents complain about their children gaming habits and its now become common belief that video games may be going to rot your brain. Well, I must say, Think again! Online and desktop computer games have many constructive effects on students’ learning and decision-making skills, but parents and some educators are still uninformed of these impressive results. According to Sanchez research, children learn team ethics and collaborative techniques by playing and completing gaming levels or tasks. Read More …

Why Kids Need a Champion in Their Lives?

Why Kids Need an Inspiration in Their Lives?
Ahmad Amirali

There were and are several instances during my teaching where students express their feelings, good or bad, about my personality, the way I talk, the clothes I wear, even the bracelets which I habitually wear in school, the way I smile, crack jokes etc. Expressive student behaviour shows how much students aware of you, inspire you or hate you. In my case, not always students inspire me, some compete with me, struggle to like me or just don’t even bother whatever I said to them. Overall, students first human encounter they ever have outside their family are you guys – Teachers. We, teachers, have we ever wondered what the value of human connection in our profession is? Read More …

How Teachers can Boost Dyslexic Students’ Confidence

How Teachers can Boost Dyslexic Students’ Confidence
By Ahmad Amirali

When a teacher entered in a differentiated classroom, they need to make sure that their lesson should be according to their students’ learning styles and provide a healthy and safe learning environment. Teachers have to cope with all students learning needs and difficulties, and one of the learning difficulties which is now becoming common in classrooms is Dyslexia. Many people termed dyslexia as a learning ‘disability’. However, I don’t agree with this elaboration because Dyslexia causes difficulty with reading. It may also impact comprehension ability, math, spelling and writing proficiency in children. Dyslexia is a problem with language, not with vision. Students who are having such difficulties are physically active as other children. It is dyslexic students need extra help typically emphases on phonics and spelling rules. It is unfortunate that students despite having extra care and attention, having a hard time reading. Read More …