Category: Student Behavior

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? Continue reading “Why Kids Need a Champion in Their Lives?”

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. Continue reading “The Fear of Phobias in Teens”

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. Continue reading “Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults”

How Dancing Impacts Students Academic Performance

How Dancing Impacts Students Academic Performance
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, I experimented an activity with students that include dancing. Usually, I start my class session with the recap from the previous session, and for that, I use PowerPoint and animated games and review videos. Use of tech and animations in lesson activities is one of my strength as I use it heavily in my classrooms. From animated maps to the 3d paper model of the globe. However, my students now easily predict that they will be going to witness or experience new animation or related activity. Continue reading “How Dancing Impacts Students Academic Performance”

Why Do Students Cheat in Exams? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality

Why We Cheat? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday one of my students, who is in now in high school, came to me, sharing the good news about his achievement in a school exam. As conversation proceeds, he asked me ‘sir why do we cheat? What difference does it make if a person succeeded by cheating others and a person who did not cheat at all? Well, this question is not new to me as the pupils usually ask when they caught up doing cheating in exams or observe any cheating in the classroom. However, this question reminds me of a year old TEDx video of Dan Ariely, who shared his hospital experience when he severely burnt and talked about the concept of ‘Predictable Irrationality’. Continue reading “Why Do Students Cheat in Exams? | The Concept of Predictable Irrationality”