5 Ways to Use Social Media in Classrooms (Session 1)

5 Ways to Use Social Media in Classrooms (Session 1)
By Ahmad Amirali

This year, I am experimenting and have introduced ‘Online Discussion Forums’ in my classroom to help my kids reflect and personalise whatever they’ve been taught at the school (Previous Article: The Online Discussion Boards – A Classroom Pedagogical Tool | How to Use Guide | Pros & Cons). Similarly, there are number of ways through which teacher can involve students in personalisation mode and using social media as a pedagogy for student learning and engagement is one of them. One may ask ‘Why social media?’, Well, It’s not a secret that today’s students are hooked-up with social media due to its popularity and the sense of communal belongingness. Therefore, many teachers are incorporating social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook into their curriculum. From ‘bulletin boards’ to ‘fake Facebook profiles’ for historical figures, teachers are turning what students post on social media into classroom assignments. Read More …

Why Suicidal Thoughts Are Appeared to Be Common Among Teens?

Why Suicidal Thoughts Are Appeared to Be Common Among Teens?
By Ahmad Amirali

Almost every year, I observe adolescents who struggled with trauma and anxiety due to social and academic pressures. The most common among all is the suicidal thoughts that are now becoming more common nowadays among teens. Last year alone, 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. anxiety, peer or academic pressure etc. Family involvement and social support might help affected teens to recover from their depression, but the road to recovery can be rocky, and therefore, most of the time, adolescents find it hard to recover from their traumatic past. The question is Why the teen’s suicidal rate astonishingly increased since the past decade? Read More …

The Passive Aggression: Students Act of Purposeful Hidden Revenge

The Passive Aggression: Students Act of Purposeful Hidden Revenge
By Ahmad Amirali

Being a teacher, every year, I encountered numerous students’ behaviour. Some behaviours and its reasons are known to me, but some are way too tricky for a teacher to understand at first instance. We, teachers and parents, all aware that adolescents procrastinate when it comes to finishing any tasks on time. It is because their mind prioritises the tasks as per the level of their boredom (Previous Article: Why Do Children Misbehave? – Reasons and Solutions). There is nothing to worry about it as this behaviour is common among all ages and every kid. However, it can become the matter of concern for most of the teachers and parents when student chronically procrastinates, tempers underperforms, tests the spirit of class rules, and challenges teacher’s authority in the classroom. In my early teaching years, these types of students were the ones who always know how to break every rule of my diary in a subtle way that at times I felt emotional and helpless in front of such kids. If you, as a teacher or a parent, ever dealt with or encounter such students’ behaviours, chances are maybe you’re dealing with a ‘Passive Aggressive’ student. Read More …

How Risky the Teenage Obsession of Social Media Is

How Risky the Teenage Obsession of Social Media Is
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, one of my students texted me that he sent me a friendship request and it’s still pending, kindly accept it. He is now in his high school, and so I texted him back that I will look into it will confirm it. I usually don’t accept friendship requests from my students as long as they are studying with me. After which, I accepted their requests. This was an exception, However, the thought that struck my mind that my students already have my number he can contact me via call or text at any time then why is that important to him that I should accept his social media request? We can socialise face to face or via call, we humans don’t require an app or a medium to socialise with other humans. Does my students’ reaction on not accepting his friend request is the result of recent technological boom, or it is an obsession of social media itself? 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 …

When the Competition Between Employees Become Unethical Behaviour

When the Competition Between Employees Become Unethical Behaviour
By Ahmad Amirali

In any organisation, either education or finance, the employee usually engaged in the sense of competition where they project their skills and competencies to prove that they are eligible for promotions than another employee. However, sometimes this competition turns into a fierce struggle of survival among employees and survival means anything will be permissible to survive the time. Similarly, this trend is also common in the teaching profession as well where teachers engage in aggressive behaviour to reach their higher goals, but sometimes this competition again leads to a survival mode where this struggle ended up in unethical behaviour. The question is what makes employees engage with this survival mode or in unethical conduct? 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 …

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 is Personalisation the Key to Student Success?

Why is Personalisation the Key to Student Success?
By Ahmad Amirali

The term ended, and so the remarkable journey comes to an end as well. Not to mention that many more adventures are yet to come 😛 . However, I always ask a question to myself – its kind of my reflection, what one important learning my students took with them during the whole term? How will that learning be going to impact their lives in the real world? Well, with these two big questions, one concluding question popped in my mind what makes them remember these learnings? And the answer is the heading of today’s post – ‘Personalisation’. Read More …

Reflection Diaries: Am I Indeed a Bad Teacher?

Reflection Diaries: Am I Indeed a Bad Teacher?
By Ahmad Amirali

Today, when I finished teaching my classes, a thought struck my mind, am I truly a good teacher? What makes me a good teacher? I started my reality checklist; are my lessons plans submitted on time? Are my students happy with me and my teaching? Are students’ parents satisfied with me? Is my school management confident with me? However, this checklist unable to prove that I am a good teacher? I always think that if my students love my teaching and engage in my planned activities and lessons, then it means I achieve my goals to become a good teacher. Today, the question is not how good I am in my teaching; the problem is how bad I am in the eyes of my students? But why my students would see me as a bad teacher? Read More …