Category: Parental Involvement

The Silent Killer: Why Is Depression Silently Taking Away Our Teens and Youth?

The Silent Killer: Why Is Depression Silently Taking Away Our Teens and Youth?

Recently, I heard the devastating news about the suicide of well-known Bollywood TV and film actor Sushant Singh Rajput. His sudden death has brought to light the widespread yet under-addressed problem – Depression, that even a number of teens and youths are living within our present society. Depression is often called a silent killer. Its symptoms tend to be misunderstood or not visible physically, and by the time the necessary measures have been undertaken, it may already be too late. Moodiness, irritability and social withdrawal are often accompanying adolescence. As a result, parents would not know whether these are something to worry about or a regular part of their kids adapting to the world. In the year 2018, two of my previous students attempted suicide; luckily, they both survived. The underlying reasons behind these disturbing behaviours are more or less same, i.e. depression, peer or academic pressure etc. Continue reading “The Silent Killer: Why Is Depression Silently Taking Away Our Teens and Youth?”

Parenting During Pandemic: How to Address Adolescent’s Fears and Keep Their Healthy Routines

Parenting During Pandemic: How to Address Adolescent’s Fears and Keep Their Healthy Routines

In South Asian countries like India and Pakistan, it has been three months since our lives and activities have become limited to our home only. Like everybody else, teenagers have also become the victim of this pandemic, and it brings them a set of newfound fears at an age when young people tend to feel invincible. Schools and colleges have been shut down with no favourable chances of reopening them soon. Many of my students are connected to me as well as parents; they usually share their concerns and hopes just to make sure things will going to be normal soon – which I also hope and pray. However, talking with them makes me think that students, especially teens, are at a significant transition period in their lives, and parents should consider this transition seriously. During this crucial period in their development, teens often are suddenly faced with processing a range of intense emotions, from fear and anger to sadness and grief. Continue reading “Parenting During Pandemic: How to Address Adolescent’s Fears and Keep Their Healthy Routines”

COVID Break: Tips for Parents to Reduce Homework Frustration

COVID Break: Tips for Parents to Reduce Homework Frustration

Due to COVID 19, our lives are now confined to our homes except for security and healthcare workers who are front liners to keep us safe and sound. However, this new era of social distancing also redefines the concept of schooling and open up the limitless space and need for E-Learning. Recently, many students, as well as their parents, shared their frustration and the struggling, they have gone through with the home tasks they’re receiving on a daily basis. Being a teacher and part of that VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) setup, I would completely agree and understand their level of frustration. The schoolwork has now become homework and navigating being a parent, who also may have to teach, is difficult.

Recently, I attended a webinar arranged and hosted by Huntington Learning Centre (a franchise of educational learning centres in the United States offering in-centre and online tutoring services) discussing tips for parents and some basic strategies to cope with the hype of daily school work given by schools these days. Continue reading “COVID Break: Tips for Parents to Reduce Homework Frustration”

Digital Well-being Guidelines for Parents during the Height of Pandemic

Digital Well-being Guidelines for Parents during the Height of Pandemic

Since the spread of Covid-19, technology is becoming the primary source of communication among people around the Globe. However, this sudden increase in technology usage, either in the form of a laptop or cellphone, also increases the need for the digital guidelines to provide a healthy and safe digital environment. Recently, Centre for Humane Technology (CHT) has provided a list of guidelines that will help parents who are feeling overwhelmed trying to navigate the amount of technology used in their children’s lives and their own.

In any circumstances, we should be aware that many of these products are actually not on your side. The social media platforms that many parents and children use everyday profit by keeping us scrolling, clicking, and watching. The result is a system that creates addiction, self-obsession, misinformation, and content that outrages and polarizes. Children are experiencing some of the worst effects of this broken attention economy. Continue reading “Digital Well-being Guidelines for Parents during the Height of Pandemic”

The Best VLE Solution: Google Classroom – ‘How to Setup’ Guide for Teachers

The Best VLE Solution: Google Classroom – How to Setup Guide for Teachers

Recently, many teachers and colleagues asked me about the best Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platforms that are presently available for us to connect with our students. Since the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic, many schools and educational institutes are shifted to distant learning and technology suddenly become the only source of connectivity between teachers and students. Likewise, considering the need of the time, many VLE provider starts making necessary changes in the online modular platform and making it more user friendly. However, not every VLE platform can provide 100% classroom Learning Management System (LMS) solution. I already wrote an article that discusses some of these platforms that can be used to teach students remotely.

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However, in this article, I am going to discuss one of the VLE/LMS platforms, if planned and implemented cohesively, can provide maximum learning and teaching solutions to teachers.

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. Initially, the primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. However, Google for Education has included several new features in the Google Classroom platform, including the function of Google Meet to interact with students in real-time in web conference mode.

This makes Google Classroom a unique platform compares to other products available like Piazza, Canvas or blackboard etc. This following guide will show you how to set up a Google Classroom in a matter of minutes and perform the main tasks.

Let’s get started! Continue reading “The Best VLE Solution: Google Classroom – ‘How to Setup’ Guide for Teachers”