Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies

Teen Anxiety | Reasons and Remedies
By Ahmad Amirali

Nowadays, more teenagers are facing anxiety issues rather any other age group. Majority of the reasons are related to their transitional period from adolescence to teenage. It is then teens start having their mood swings and feeling pressured (Previous article: Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after ten years? Causes and Preventive Measures). First of all, parents and teenagers, it important to know that all teens experience some amount of anxiety at times. It is, in fact, a normal response to stress, and sometimes it helps teens to deal with tense or devastating situations. Things like public speaking, final exams, significant athletic competitions, or even going out on a date might cause feelings of uneasiness among teens. Anxiety attack may include from elevating heartbeat to the intense urge of crying-, depends upon the severity of the situation. However, for some teens, these episodic restless events might become a lifelong disability which later affects their relationship and social order of their lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 25% of 13- to 18-year-olds have an anxiety disorder, and just under 6% have a severe anxiety disorder. Read More …

‘Sir, I Just don’t Get it’ | Confusion an essential State in Education

‘Sir, I Just don’t Get it’ | Confusion an essential State in Education
By Ahmad Amirali

As a teacher, I can relate with these interrogative gestures, ‘Sir, I don’t understand a word you just said’ or ‘Sir, can you repeat what you just said? Most of the time students ask the same questions again and again in the classroom, and still, they don’t get it right. The answer to this phenomenon is simple; students get confused or unable to articulate the subject which is being taught in the classroom. Parents often complain about their kids that they usually get confused with reading and comprehension tasks; does it mean that their kids need some learning assistance. Recently I came across such parental reviews in my parent-teacher meeting and this made me think that, can being confused actually be a beneficial part of the learning process? Or it simply means that the person has some learning deficiency. Read More …

The Process of Paying Attention to Your Attention

The Process of Paying Attention to Your Attention
By Ahmad Amirali

When I was a kid, I always wonder why our brain pays attention to particular information and us only able to remember some part of the whole bunch of data. How our mind processes this information, how it decides what is important to remember and what is not.  These questions still haunt me, even my students sometimes questioned me ‘sir, I was trying hard to pay attention to today’s lesson, but I couldn’t understand a word you said’ while the rest of the class always have different opinion compare to that student who was not attentive during class sessions.

Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power, Jha says, but some simple techniques can boost it. “Pay attention to your attention,” Jha says. Read More …

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 Kids Lie, and Why It’s Difficult to Detect their Lies

Why Kids Lie, and why it’s difficult to detect their lies
By Ahmad Amirali

‘Sir, I will not come to school because I am not feeling’, ‘Sir, my monthly evaluations are going to start so I will come in today’s class’, ‘Sir, my aunt, passed away, I will not come today’. These are the messages which I normally received by an absentee. Although, I eventually find out that these all were excuses (lies) when the absent students’ aunt called to inform me about her nephew (my student) cello classes. The cello lessons were the reason, why that student does want to come in class. But why he lied about it? Instead, he can share the real reason and may we could sort out the middle way. But what makes him think that I would rather lie to my sir instead of being truthful. 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 …

Student Stress Crises: Are Schools or Parents Actively Tackling the Issue?

Student Stress Crises: Are Schools or Parents Actively Tackling the Issue?
By Ahmad Amirali

Anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts among teenagers become more and more common nowadays. What is the cause? Could it be social media or school stress in general? Last month during one of the One on One session, two of my students shares that sometimes they want to run away somewhere due to school work stress and unnecessary pressure from home. Incidents like these are not rare, According to JHH, around 37% of teenagers around the world are suffering from some sort of depression (most commonly due to school work), and the numbers are increasing. According to the JHH review, an estimated 3 million children between the age of 12 to 17 have had a major depressive episode in the past year alone. Read More …

100+ Websites Collection for Educators and Learners

Websites Collection for Students and Teachers
By Ahmad Amirali

In today’s technological era, where every information is available on a ‘click’, it is important to know the authenticity of virtually-available information. Most of the time people ignored this fact and ended up navigating the wrong source of information. Students are most likely the victim of such, what I may say, ‘virtual heresy’. Keeping this in mind, I gathered more than 100 websites which are useful for both students and teachers who want authentic information.  I am sharing these website links on MyReadables. Below is the available link of the website collection page. Read More …

Read-Aloud Habit in Children May Increase Their Literacy and Articulation Skills

Read-Aloud Habit in Children May Increase Their Literacy and Articulation Skills
By Ahmad Amirali

Last year, during my 8th-grade‘ parent-teacher meeting (PTM)’, the majority of parents shared serious concerns about their children’s reading habit. They believe that technology has ruined their children’s healthy lifestyle. Their children (age between 12 to 13 years) hardly even read a newspaper or a comic strip. Interestingly, they also have solutions like banning all their children tech gadgets, and cellular device at home will impact their children’s reading habit. I should have mentioned that my previous post about the role of technology in a child’s mental development was inspired by such PTMs where parents and even students bring their daily life issues and concerns to me. 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 …