Why Do We Need A Friend to Survive in This World of Chaos?

Why Do We Need A Friend to Survive in This World of Chaos?
By Ahmad Amirali

Almost every year, during one on one sessions with my students, they share their deepest fears, confusions, and stress motivators. Majority of their concerns that puzzled their world are related to their social life – friendships. The question that every student, who suffered from traumatic social experience, ask ‘Sir, why someone hurt us who know us better than anyone?’ I simply listen to their concerns and let them answer their own questions – it’s one of my strategy where students find solutions to their problem by themselves. However, the question that puzzled me after hearing their concerns, ‘Why do we need a friend to survive in this world of chaos?

When I was in school, I fascinated one of the subjects so much – Social Studies, where we study human evolution and development. There I learn the definition of society that mentioned an important aspect of humans. Human beings are social animals who need other humans to survive and live happily in his world. Read More …

Why Meditation Should Be Included in School Curricula

Why Meditation Should Be Included in School Curricula
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, one of my friends ask me to accompany him to visit his therapist. He has a chronic stress problem and needs to visit the clinic every month. I went with him and was waiting for him outside the consulting clinic, where I observe a bunch of people doing meditation in a separate room. They were all looking 30 to 40 years of adults. There was an instructor who is also sitting with them. On my way back home, I thought in a world of chaos where students, nowadays, becoming the victim of competition and grades why don’t there should a platform where they can get relief from their study stress?

Recently I read an article by True Activist that stress upon the need of having he meditation classes should be part of the school curriculum. According to the article, when children act out by kicking and screaming, very often it is simply because they don’t understand what they are going through, and can’t find a better way to express their feelings. When they have a tantrum, it is most likely because they are struggling to deal with new and complex emotions that they are feeling for the first time in their lives. 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 Do We Lie to Ourselves Most of The Times?

Why Do We Lie to Ourselves Most of The Times?
By Ahmad Amirali

As a teacher, I often observed that students always have their reasons ready for their incomplete homework or their bad behaviour in classrooms. We, teachers, know that almost all these reasons and excuses are nothing but small lies generated in a specific mind frame of students. Interestingly the case is similar to us adults as well. We often, or almost all the time, give excuses to our bad behaviour or bad encounters in our daily lives. However, we often find ourselves defending our lies in front of others and considering it normal behaviour. I called this a motivated false belief wrapped with a fabric of our false hopes and expectations. The question is, why we engage in a practice where we create false promises to ourselves and become part of that drama? Read More …

To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure

To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure
BY Ahmad Amirali

I remember my childhood when my mom always reminded me that failure was not an option in my exams. This philosophy is still running in many homes, but now the competition is now getting much fiercer than before. Now, the race is not against the pass or fail but of achieving higher grades and test scores. Nowadays, students are in more pressure than students twenty years ago. Moreover, this parental desire to see their kids shine leaves little room for children to make their own mistakes and learn from them. The question is, what would be the lifelong threats for a child who is overprotected by his/her parent? Is overcontrolling a hazard to their mental and social growth? Read More …

Why Do Children Misbehave? – Reasons and Solutions

Why Do Children Misbehave? | Reasons and Solutions
By Ahmad Amirali

There were times when parents use to consider every bad behaviour of their child as ‘Misbehaviour’ or disrespectful. The situation is most likely the same nowadays when parents usually ask me ‘I don’t know why my kids’ behaviour is like this or should I consult any doctor or child specialist’. These concerns made me think, why a person who just stepped in this world unable to comprehend their parents. There are many ways to read your child’s behaviour; Books, videos, counselling or, most importantly, talking to your child’s school teacher. However, above every possible way, you, parents are the most likely source where children feel secure and comfortable. Talk to them, try to understand why they behave in a particular way for a specific situation. Read More …

Why Do We Get Mad at People for No Reason?

Why Do We Get Mad at People for No Reason?
By Ahmad Amirali

There are instances in our lives when we get so much angry that we sometimes forget every single ethics of our lives. As a result of which we ended up in guilt for our entire lives.  Being a teacher, I also experience this behaviour in my students during my sessions. At first, I always blame my lesson plan for being bored or not engaging enough for my students. However, after reading handful of studies, couple of, or I can more than 10s of, counselling session with students and their parents I concluded that not always teacher’s lesson plan is held responsible for students’ irritated behaviour. The question is what makes so much turbulent on anyone, or with our loved ones, that we hurt them so badly because of our attitude? Read More …

Silence Vs Sound: Does Study with Sound Is More Effective Than Study in Silence?

Silence Vs Sound: Does Study with Sound Is More Effective Than Study in Silence?
By Ahmad Amirali

Today, I become a part of a discussion, or rather an argument, at my workplace. The topic of our debate was does working in silence would help to complete the assigned task more effectively rather than working with some sound or music. Well, the discussion ended with no conclusion, but this discourse reminded me of my class of 2015 where one student always wears earphones whenever she was given classwork or an activity task. At first that behaviour irritates me, but upon asking, she said ‘Sir, wearing earphones and listening music helps me concentrate on the task’. So the question is, does study with Sound is more effective than Study in Silence? Read More …

Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies

Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies
By Ahmad Amirali

Nowadays, more teenagers are facing anxiety issues rather any other age group. Majority of the reasons are related to their transitional period from adolescence to teenage. It is then teens start having their mood swings and feeling pressured (Previous article: Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after ten years? Causes and Preventive Measures). First of all, parents and teenagers, it important to know that all teens experience some amount of anxiety at times. It is, in fact, a normal response to stress, and sometimes it helps teens to deal with tense or devastating situations. Things like public speaking, final exams, significant athletic competitions, or even going out on a date might cause feelings of uneasiness among teens. Anxiety attack may include from elevating heartbeat to the intense urge of crying-, depends upon the severity of the situation. However, for some teens, these episodic restless events might become a lifelong disability which later affects their relationship and social order of their lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 25% of 13- to 18-year-olds have an anxiety disorder, and just under 6% have a severe anxiety disorder. Read More …