What Does Student “Engagement” Look Like in The Classroom?

What Does Student “Engagement” Look Like in The Classroom?
By Ahmad Amirali

As the summer break is almost over, I am assuming all the teachers around the world must be getting ready to become part of the new batch of awesomeness which will be going to commences soon. As a teacher, we all know that the most important thing for every teacher, for which he/she work really hard throughout the academic year, is how well their students will be going to engage with their taught lessons? What strategies they will use in their lesson plans to make their students engage and well participated in the classroom? However, today, while reviewing my last year lesson plans, a thought struck my mind that ‘does my students engaged with the lesson which I taught last year to them? What does “engagement with the lesson” really meant and how does it look like in the classroom?

The GER (Glossary of Education Reform) refer to student engagement as ‘the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism and passion’ that students normally showed when they’ve been in the learning state.  According to GER, there are three types of engagements which students normally experienced. Read More …

How Traumatic Childhood Affects Adulthood?

How Traumatic Childhood Affects Adulthood?
By Ahmad Amirali

Today, I met one of my childhood friends after a long time, and we cherished the days when we were part of our gang of friends. It was the moment of rejoicing to me. However, not all childhood memories brought happy feelings or moment of rejoice. For some, reminiscing about childhood brought nothing but tears and traumatic memories to them. Similar kind of childhood experiences was shared to me by one of my students, aged 19, three weeks back when I was conducting educational camps in the central regions of Pakistan. Firstly, it is important to know how childhood abuse impacted the adulthood of the abused one. A child can be abused either physically/sexual abuse or mentally/neglected by parents. When a child been abused or neglected as children, they started to feel wounded, deprived and wronged by those whom they love and trust. If these wounds are not healed on time, they continue affecting the child’s subsequent relations. 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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after 10 years? Causes and Preventive Measures

Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after 10 years? Causes and Preventive Measures
By Ahmad Amirali

One of the parents, after school hours, came to me and shared that her child’s behaviour at home is changing since last year. Her level of satisfaction with everything; from dress-codes to cuisine changes rapidly. One moment she seems happy and in a matter of seconds her mood shifts to anger. Overall, her behaviour is getting weird and strange day by day. Is it because of her social group (friend-circle) or is it something else? Read More …

8 Educational Websites for Parents

8 Educational Websites for Parents
By Ahmad Amirali

In my last parent-teacher meeting, I received a complaint from one of the parents, and I must say she had a reason. First, she appreciates me about myreadables and shares some thoughtful reviews with me. However, she humbly asked me:
‘Urdu: آپ ہم والدین کیلۓ کیوں کوئ ریسورس نہیں ڈالتے؟’  ‘English: Why don’t you upload some resources for us, parents, as well?’. So, Parents here is the first instalment of the top 8 websites that help you to engage your child in different activities to practice their reading and math skills.  The resources on these websites are FREE; however, in some sites, you need to make an account. That’s it. I hope you will find these websites helpful in making your child’s reading skills fresh in the upcoming summer break. Read More …

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 on you’, ‘if you want success in your exams, follow your teacher’. Why are these assumptions myths? Let’s assume if these are myths, then 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. I believe, the most important factor that leads to student success is the extent to which families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education. Read More …