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 …

The Impact of Video Games on Students Academic Progress

The Impact of Video Games on Students Academic Progress
By Ahmad Amirali

In previous term, there were many occasions when parents complain about their children gaming habits and its now become common belief that video games may be going to rot your brain. Well, I must say, Think again! Online and desktop computer games have many constructive effects on students’ learning and decision-making skills, but parents and some educators are still uninformed of these impressive results. According to Sanchez research, children learn team ethics and collaborative techniques by playing and completing gaming levels or tasks. 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 …

Cellular Devices are Not Allowed in the Classrooms – New Law Introduced by French Government

Cellular devices are not allowed in the Classrooms – New Law Introduced by French Government
By Ahmad Amirali

There is a new campaign introduced by the French President Emmanuel Macron in September 2018; children are not allowed to bring any smart or cellular devices along with them in the classrooms. According to the French news service The Local, ‘This law will reduce distraction in the classroom, combat bullying, and encourage children to be more physically active during recess’. However, does this law make any difference regarding student classroom engagement? Read More …

The Difference a Year Makes: The Dangers of Early Schooling

When starting school, younger children are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD
By Ahmad Amirali

Last Week, a parent came to me and shared that Inara (made-up name) lacks concentration in class-tasks and her class teacher always complains about Inara’s lack of concentration in classwork. This phenomenon is called ‘Distractibility’ and is common nowadays in both Eastern and Western countries. Commonly, these symptoms associated with the term ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to which, students continuously forget things, make careless mistakes and seem like they are daydreaming in sessions and activities. Read More …

16 Incredibly Useful Links for Learning and Teaching

Teaching and Learning: 16 useful websites for Lesson Plans
By Ahmad Amirali

In today’s technological era, it is a necessity for teachers to design and plan their lesson with technological friendly activities and pedagogies. However, once my professor reminded me that technology should be one of the teaching strategies in your lesson instead of the lesson plan itself.

During teaching experience, I explore a number of tech-tools and websites which I often visit and use during my unit or lesson planning. I am sharing 16 of such web pages on MyReadables. Read More …

The Importance of Goal Setting in Students’ Lives

The Importance of Goal Setting in Students’ Lives
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, after-school session, one student (aged between 13 to 14 years) came to me and asked, ‘Sir, I want to become a doctor, but my friend want to become a football coach, so should I become a football coach, a doctor or an Engineer because my mama want me to become an engineer’. Well, I must say, the struggle was real. Kids at this stage, often, encountered such issues like setting up new year’s goals, future goals, career goals, what they want to achieve and how they make their goals. Read More …

Do Student Test Scores Gives a Complete Picture of Student Growth?

Do Student Test Scores Gives a Complete Picture of Student Growth?
By Ahmad Amirali

As a teacher, we always expect outstanding performance from our students in the classrooms. To make sure, we devise our lesson plans with tons of interactive and performance as well as paper-based activities. In the end, our differentiated teaching approach ended up on different types of assessment where we measure students’ learning. However, the question is, do these written standardised assessments are giving us (teachers and parents) the clear picture of student learning and growth? Read More …

Does the Use of Technology During Classroom Lessons Increases Student Engagement and Learning?

Does the Use of Technology During Classroom Lessons Increases Student Engagement and Learning?
By Ahmad Amirali

During my days, the maximum technological tools provided and used by the school was a one-hour computer session once a week in which we learn basic computer programs and their functions. This trend has drastically changed over the past two decades. The black/green board and chalks/markers are now replaced by Smartboards, Google boards and high-tech multimedia equipment. Read More …

Teaching Tools: Using Anchor Charts as an effective Teaching Strategy in Classroom

anchorchart_learnUsing Anchor Charts as an effective Teaching Strategy in Classroom
By Ahmad Amirali

Back in my school days, when teachers hardly use technology in their classrooms, charts and papers were the dominating part of any classroom activity. The demand for store-bought/readymade props and chart displayed materials were high, and mostly all educators use such ready and handy material in their classroom as per their lesson theme to save time. Nowadays, the emphasis has been made more on teacher-created classroom displayed materials. Therefore, being an educator, the term that frequently comes in my mind whenever I start planning to decorate my classroom for any lesson theme is: Anchor Charts. Read More …