What Makes You, You? The Puzzle of Personality Traits

What Makes You, You? The Puzzle of Personality Traits

Have you ever wondered how you develop the personality which is an integral part of your identity? What inspires you to be who you are right now? Maybe you traditionally answered, I am like my dad or mom, I inspire by my teacher or a celebrity’s struggle and life story motivated my personality trait. Psychologists like to talk about our traits or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But psychologists like Brian Little, a Cambridge professor and the personality analyst, is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Continue reading

Why Meditation Should Be Included in School Curricula

Why Meditation Should Be Included in School Curricula
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, one of my friends ask me to accompany him to visit his therapist. He has a chronic stress problem and needs to visit the clinic every month. I went with him and was waiting for him outside the consulting clinic, where I observe a bunch of people doing meditation in a separate room. They were all looking 30 to 40 years of adults. There was an instructor who is also sitting with them. On my way back home, I thought in a world of chaos where students, nowadays, becoming the victim of competition and grades why don’t there should a platform where they can get relief from their study stress?

Recently I read an article by True Activist that stress upon the need of having he meditation classes should be part of the school curriculum. According to the article, when children act out by kicking and screaming, very often it is simply because they don’t understand what they are going through, and can’t find a better way to express their feelings. When they have a tantrum, it is most likely because they are struggling to deal with new and complex emotions that they are feeling for the first time in their lives. Continue reading

Why Should We Celebrate Our Failures?

Why Should We Celebrate Our Failures?

Last year was the biggest and complicated year of my life in terms of career, growth, home and health. I learned that life is like a ‘trade cycle’, the moment you reach the peak of your aims and we start feeling that now everything is achieved, that moment become our first step towards our recession. Does it mean that we should not celebrate or feel enthusiast for our success? Or does it mean that we should not mourn over our failures and mistakes? I believe all of us experience our ups and downs throughout our lives. However, I am pretty much sure that almost all of us remember the time when we experienced loses, mistakes, difficulties and failure more clearly than the time when we celebrated our success. Why our mind keeps a clear record of our faults rather than success? Because learnings always come from failures. I still remember the quote from the cartoon ‘Lion King’ ‘the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it – Rafiki’. Continue reading

Why Is Experiencing Nature Beneficial For Children?

Why Is Experiencing Nature Beneficial For Children?
By Ahmad Amirali

It’s been four years when I first tried to explore that topic as my Mteach practice-based enquiry (PBE) module; I was not sure about how much importance ‘outdoor learning’ has in adolescents’ cognitive development and engagement with the world. We always believe that children should provide a healthy and safe learning environment and for us ‘healthy and safe’ means no outside encounter. In my research Learning Outside the Classroom –  Students Responses and Learning Outcomes, I explain how exposure to outdoor helps adolescents to engage in an experiential mode of learning. The significant outcome of my research was individuals who spent more time in natural environments as kids appeared to have better mental health outcomes in their adulthood. Continue reading

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, while working on my assignment, I was analysing my previous year student classwork task (I usually take snaps of my classroom activities and students’ performance to later show them to parents in PTMs). I found a student note in which he asked me a series of questions about the question I asked during the session of Crusades. I smile for a moment because all of a sudden, the whole school term just flashed into my eyes, reminding how different and curious today’s generation are. I wonder, what makes them question the question or even question the reason?  Is it something student’s way to explore reasons for the reason or it’s just a time-killing strategy? Continue reading