Have you ever asked any youngster or youth what the best part of their school life was? What were their responses? If someone asks me, which my students usually do, my response will be simple: my school friend whom I spent most of my time with. I remember my school days because of my friends. Sometimes, parents complain to me about their child’s social lives that they need to concentrate on their studies instead of wasting time with friends. Even some parents brought good suggestions like why their children need even a friend circle; they have their family; it should be enough for them. On the other hand, some parents worry about how they would help their kids cope with the challenges, heartbreaks, and the joys of making friends, losing them, and making friends again. Continue reading “Why Students’ Social Life is as Important as their Studies”
Have you ever wondered why your kid does not obey your command or exactly do the opposite of whatever you tell them to do? Five years ago, when I embarked upon this fabulous career, I immediately interacted with such types of opposite temperament kids, and soon I started coining them ‘problem child’. I called their parents, complained about their kid’s behaviour, but all they could say was their kid always argued like this at home, too. Psychologists termed this rebellious behaviour as ODD – oppositional defiant disorder. Continue reading “Why Kids do Opposite of Whatever We Tell Them to Do”
‘Sir, may I 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 that typically students give you when they are unable to concentrate on the lesson or, to be specific, get bored. There are multiple reasons 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 parents about their children’s boredom in the school, some responded that the content is way too easy for their children; therefore, they get bored. Others believe that the teacher might not present the material so that students would get engaged. Both reasons are 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 Continue reading “Why Students Get Bored in the Classroom – Reasons and Remedies”
Last week, I happened to engage in a conversation with one of my older students, who are now in high school, about why she still needs to maintain and follow the rules set by their parents at this age. My student does not like following the rules, ‘simple, she wants to live her life free from such boundaries’. However, 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? Continue reading “Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development”