Category: Teacher Development

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. Continue reading “Why Students’ Social Life is as Important as their Studies”

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’. Continue reading “Why is Personalisation the Key to Student Success?”

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? Continue reading “Reflection Diaries: Am I Indeed a Bad Teacher?”

Student Stress Crises: Are Schools or Parents Actively Tackling the Issue?

Student Stress Crises: Are Schools or Parents Actively Tackling the Issue?
By Ahmad Amirali

Anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts among teenagers become more and more common nowadays. What is the cause? Could it be social media or school stress in general? Last month during one of the One on One session, two of my students shares that sometimes they want to run away somewhere due to school work stress and unnecessary pressure from home. Incidents like these are not rare, According to JHH, around 37% of teenagers around the world are suffering from some sort of depression (most commonly due to school work), and the numbers are increasing. According to the JHH review, an estimated 3 million children between the age of 12 to 17 have had a major depressive episode in the past year alone. Continue reading “Student Stress Crises: Are Schools or Parents Actively Tackling the Issue?”