Stress Reducers for School and College Going Students

Stress Reducers for School and College-Going Students
By Ahmad Amirali

These days students are much coping with the stress and anxiety due to their yearly finals. Apart of exams, students’ lives are much more complicated than adults, because students have to deal with their day to day to maters as well as they also have to work hard, regardless of whatever emotional situation they are, to reach their desired grades milestone. High school students face a similar kind of stressful, challenging situations as soon as they got admission to any college. They start involving in a process where they need to deal with the challenging workload and also have to sustain their friendship goals. As students intellectual level grows, the stress of independent living and decision making also grow tremendously. Most of the time, students ask me how to relieve stress that helps us to concentrate on our daily educational and social goals. However, one may ask, how students take out time even to practice any stress relievers when their schedule is jam-packed with all the school, college and friendship responsibilities. 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 …

Music Therapy: Does Listening Music Helps You Study?

Music Therapy: Does Listening Music Helps You Study?
By Ahmad Amirali

Students, these days, are too engaged in their daily study schedules that they hardly get any time to relax or even do something that reduces their exam or test anxiety. Studies suggest that to minimise stress during studies; one need to engage in an activity that helps them to concentrate on their task. One such activity is listening to music during studying. Since decades music played a substantial role in students’ study life. There are many types of researches that revealed a relatively ambiguous picture of listening study music. However, these researches do provide a useful understanding for students who are, maybe, looking for ways to enhance their exam performance by listening to music. 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 …

Student Goals: How I Plan My Future? | Let’s Draw your Future

Student Goals: How I Plan My Future? |Let’s Draw your Future
By Ahmad Amirali

Today I asked my students (14 to 15 years), what are your plans? What you guys want to become? One student replied, ‘I want to become a doctor, maybe a surgeon’, another replied ‘I want to become an aviator or aircraft pilot, but I don’t know whether I achieve my goals or not’. Usually, at this age, students find it difficult to plan their future goals due to external factors such as family pressure, financial constraints, friend circle or peer pressure etc. I believe students at this level dangled between two scenarios; what I want to become in my future and what others want me to become in my future. Let’s concentrate on ‘what I want to become in my future?’, again there are two scenarios of this question; am I passionate enough about my dream or not? Both the situations are challenging to decide, and therefore, mostly, students go for the second option: what others want me to become in my future? Read More …

Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development

Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, I happened to engage in a conversation with one of my older students, who is now in high school, about why she still needs to maintain and follow the rules set by their parents at this age.  According to my student, she does not like follow the rules, ‘simple she wants to live her life free from such boundaries’. Although the conversation ended on a peaceful note about the importance of time table and schedule. However, the question just popped in my mind that ‘what makes my student think that routine and structure are hindrances to her freedom? 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 …

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 …

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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 …