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. Continue reading “The Importance of Goal Setting in Students’ Lives”

The Original Assassins: Medieval Warriors of Alamut

Picture Source: National Geographic

The Original Assassins: Medieval Warriors of Alamut
By Ahmad Amirali

Recently, I came across an article published on National Geographic magazine website about the Assassins of Iran and their stronghold in a mountainous fort called ‘Alamut’. Since eight centuries, the legends of Nizari Assassins are keeping its well-maintained place in the works of crusaders chronicles and the manuscripts of later Syrian-Sunni Muslims. These legends caught-up its fame when a traveller named Marco Pollo visited the forts and later mentioned these tales in his travelogues. Continue reading “The Original Assassins: Medieval Warriors of Alamut”

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? Continue reading “Do Student Test Scores Gives a Complete Picture of Student Growth?”

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. Continue reading “Does the Use of Technology During Classroom Lessons Increases Student Engagement and Learning?”

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. Continue reading “Teaching Tools: Using Anchor Charts as an effective Teaching Strategy in Classroom”