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 …

‘Sir, I Just don’t Get it’ | Confusion an essential State in Education

‘Sir, I Just don’t Get it’ | Confusion an essential State in Education
By Ahmad Amirali

As a teacher, I can relate with these interrogative gestures, ‘Sir, I don’t understand a word you just said’ or ‘Sir, can you repeat what you just said? Most of the time students ask the same questions again and again in the classroom, and still, they don’t get it right. The answer to this phenomenon is simple; students get confused or unable to articulate the subject which is being taught in the classroom. Parents often complain about their kids that they usually get confused with reading and comprehension tasks; does it mean that their kids need some learning assistance. Recently I came across such parental reviews in my parent-teacher meeting and this made me think that, can being confused actually be a beneficial part of the learning process? Or it simply means that the person has some learning deficiency. Read More …

Why do we Fear of Rejection?

Why do we Fear of Rejection? – Reasons and Remedies
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, I was out to travel to the northern areas of Pakistan for official reasons. Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral regions are known for its cultural and historical significance. I met many people; most of them were teachers. On my third day of the session, one candidate asked me a question that triggers a series of questions in my mind. He asked ‘Sir, If I do not fulfil this requirement in my application form, would I be rejected?’ I said, ‘Yes’. He replied, ‘Oh! Then I might not apply for that program, because I don’t want to be rejected’.  Later on, that day, I thought about that guy and questioned myself, why do we fear of rejection? Rejection, either in relationships or in a career, is equally brutal for almost every person. Students fear of failure in exams, teachers fear the failure of their lesson plans, and parents fear of their children’s future decisions. We all scared of being rejected but what makes us fear of such rejections? Read More …

Why Students’ Social Life is as Important as their Studies

Why Students’ Social Life is as Important as their Studies
By Ahmad Amirali

Have you ever asked any youngster or youth, what was the best part of their school life? What were their responses? Well, if someone asks me, which my students usually do, my response will simple my school friend whom I spent most of my time with. I remember my school days because of my friends. Sometimes, parents complain to me about their child’s social lives that they need to concentrate on their studies instead of wasting time with friends. Even some parents brought good suggestions like why their children need even a friend circle; they have their family; it should be enough for them. On the other hand, some parents worry about how they would help their kids to cope with the challenges, heartbreaks, and the joys of making friends, losing them, and making friends again. Read More …

Why Kids do Opposite of Whatever We Tell Them to Do

Why Kids do Opposite of Whatever We Tell Them to Do
By Ahmad Amirali

Have you ever wondered, why your kid does not obey your command or exactly do the opposite of whatever you tell them to do? Five years ago, when I embark upon this fabulous career, I immediately interacted with such type of opposite temperament kids, and soon I start coining them ‘problem child’. I called their parents, complained about their kid’s behaviour but all they can say was their kid always argued like this at home, too. Psychologist termed this rebellious behaviour as ODD –   oppositional defiant disorder. Read More …

Why Teens Do Not Understand Analogue Clocks

Why Teens Do Not Understand Analogue Clocks
By Ahmad Amirali

Recently, I read a surprising news article in The Telegraph that the UK is getting rid of analogue clocks in school because kids are no longer understand and tell the time. Is it something alarming or I am just exaggerating my thoughts that kids these days might be good in placing new examples in a from new gun laws or inventing new and cheap environmental ideas, but they can’t read time from analogue clocks or hold a pencil? According to Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders, “The current generation isn’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations.” The situation, somehow, similar in most parts of the world including India and Pakistan as well where kids under the of 12 still finding it hard to understand and tell time from analogue clocks. I was wondering, is it essential to know how to read time on analogue clocks for children? Read More …

Why Students Get Bored in the Classroom – Reasons and Remedies

Why Students Get Bored in the Classroom – Reasons and Remedies
By Ahmad Amirali

‘Sir, may go to the toilet? Sir, may I go to drink water? Sir, my head is aching. I am not feeling well; can I go outside for a bit?’ These are the excuses which normally students give you when they unable to concentrate on the lesson or, to be specific, get bored. There are multiple reasons why children get bored in school, such as not being sufficiently challenged or simply not feeling motivated by the subject matter being discussed in the classroom. While asking reasons from parents about their children’s boredom in the classroom, some responded that the content is way too easy for their children; therefore, they get bored. Others believe that teacher might not be presented the material in a way that student would get engaged. Both reasons are, no doubt, possible but these are not the only reasons.

Following are some of the possible reasons which might be responsible for children’s boredom in the classroom 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 …

The Fear of Phobias in Teens

The Fear of Phobias in Teens
By Ahmad Amirali

Once I was conducting a classroom activity to explain the concept of trust to my students. The activity had an instance where one student needs to stand on a chair and fall back without seeing backwards, and four students need to catch that student. There were four groups when the third group came in front of the class, the student who supposes to stand on a chair said she would not be going to do that as she ‘fear of height’.  It is likely that students’ teenagers developed a different type of fears when they entered teenage, for instance; fear of needles, fear of fire or fear of a thunderstorm. What makes them afraid of any object or situation? To understand this phenomenon among teens, we will try to explore two terms; Fear and Phobia. Read More …

Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults

Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults

As children grow and move to teenage level, they become at the significant stage of their growth and development. Therefore, at this stage, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about eight to nine hours of sleep each night to feel attentive and refreshed. Many factors keep teens from getting enough sleep and one of the reasons is – early schooling. Read More …