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”

Technology vs Child Development

Image 02_ahTechnology vs Child Development
By Ahmad Amirali

Do we ever wonder why majority kids, in western and eastern countries, under 10 to 13 years of age do not like to read books or having trouble engaging in the reading habit? Why some parents, most of the time, keep complaining that their children hate books and prefer to spend time on the internet instead to read some book or article. Is technology ruining your child development? Or is there an understanding gap between the mindset of parents and their children? Continue reading “Technology vs Child Development”

The Assassin Legends – Myths of the Isma’ilis – A Review

The Assassin Legends – Myths of the Isma’ilis by Farhad Daftary (I.B Taurus, London, 2001)
Review by Ahmad Amirali

Since centuries the legends of the Ismaili assassins have been told and narrated by many western-eastern scholars in a variety of ways. The most common among these stories are ‘the legends of the old man of the mountain’ and his follower assassins who had a stronghold in the Syrian mountains and northern Iran. These tales, myths or the legends first appeared in the Levant during the time of Crusades. Over the years, after crusades, the legends concluded in Marco Polo’s account who fabricated the new definition of Nizar Assassins. According to Polo’s accounts, the Nizari Assassin describe as a leader known as ‘the old man of the mountains’ who controlled the behaviour and will of his followers (devotees) by using hashish (drug) and the secret garden of paradise. This account became so mesmerised that the word ‘assassin’ entered the English language as a collective noun for the murderer. These tales over the time became legends and portrayed Ismailis as a sinister order of assassin by the western scholarship. Continue reading “The Assassin Legends – Myths of the Isma’ilis – A Review”