Having said all that, what exactly is Dyslexia ?
Dyslexia is the most common of the language-based learning disabilities.
Dyslexia commonly causes difficulties in word recognition, spelling, and decoding.
Dyslexia is different from delayed reading development, which may reflect mental disability or cultural deprivation
Dyslexics may struggle with organizational skills, planning and prioritizing, keeping time, concentrating with background noise.
Having read the facts above, there is a need to realize Dyslexia and to promote an education system that is inclusive in its literal sense.
… seriously an up-hill struggle as we had to overcome all sorts of barriers and challenges. I think the most challenging barriers to be addressed are attitudinal barriers and the inflexible educational barriers that would exclude certain students who do not adhere to the ‘norms’ in society.
However, my point is that inclusion is possible as there are a small percentage of the overall community, who are willing to change their mindset and the education system can be altered to ‘allow’ students with diverse learning needs to benefit from the education system.
We are at the point to expand to various other schools in Pakistan to bring a positive and cohesive change for ALL learners.
Of course, it is still a strenuous job, and people must be willing to change themselves if they like to see improvements in their future generations.
“Asad Yusuf – MA Special and Inclusive Education UK
Remedial Specialist – Dyslexia, L.D.”
The other day I was just sitting around on my laptop, stressing over the jungle that I face in my class everyday, I came across this article. It has helped me a lot in my classroom management, and I hope it works for you too.
Stress is a killer.
And not just physically. It can also ruin your teaching career.
It can destroy your peace and happiness. It can affect your relationship with students.
It can severely limit your ability to manage your classroom.
The good news is that there is a lot you can do about teaching-related pressure, strain, tension, and the like.
Even if you’re prone to stress, it doesn’t have to be your everyday reality.
In fact, with just a few simple strategies, you can eliminate it from your teaching life.
One of the most powerful and effective ways to rid yourself of stress also happens to be the simplest. It’s called the decide-first method.
The way it works is just before your students arrive for the day, shut your classroom door and allow yourself a few minutes of uninterrupted silence. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and clear your mind.
Once settled, you’re going to make one very important and very conscious decision.
You’re going to decide that no matter what happens that day, you’re going to keep your cool—inside as well as out.
Even if a family of orangutans comes swinging through your door, you’re going to remain as calm as a mountain lake.
And amazingly, almost magically, you will.
The first time you try it will be a revelation. But if you run through the same routine every day, being calm and composed will become who you are.
2. Say no.
Nearly every teacher would benefit by using more of this two-letter word. If fact, if you don’t say no regularly, chances are that you’re overworked and near the end of your rope.
Now, it’s important to mention that I don’t just mean saying no to taking on extra responsibilities or joining another committee.
You may also need to say no to gossip, procrastination, micromanagement, busywork, and commiserating with negative colleagues.
Saying no can feel awkward or uncomfortable at first, especially if you have to tell someone face to face. But once you take a stand, you’ll be shocked at how much time you have to focus on what really matters.
You’ll be shocked at how much better you feel and how favorably your students respond to you.
The truth is, if you want to love your job, and be most effective, you must learn to say no often.
So many teachers get worked up over things they have no control over—like new policies, programs, curriculum, etc. But why do this to yourself?
When something new comes down the pipe, it’s far better and less stressful to accept it straightaway and then turn your thoughts to how you can make it work for you.
You don’t have the time, nor can you afford the mental energy or anguish, to ruminate, complain, or become anxious over anything that has been decided by someone above your pay grade.
To do otherwise is unhealthy and self-sabotage.
I’ve found over the years that I can take just about anything and make it my own, find a workaround, or, if it isn’t something I absolutely have to do, ignore it altogether.
4. Stop convincing.
Teachers who struggle with unruly behavior, disrespect, poor listening, and a chaotic room environment tend to rely on their ability to convince students to behave.
Which, even if you’re blessed with natural charisma and a silver tongue, is a losing proposition.
Besides being ineffective, trying to counsel, question, scold, guilt, coax, manipulate, persuade, or otherwise find the perfect words to get students to behave is incredibly burdensome and the most stressful strategy you can use.
Instead, lean exclusively on your classroom management plan.
Let it do the dirty work for you. So many wonderful things happen when you simply allow it to fulfill its intended purpose.
Not the least of which is your peace of mind.
5. Shift responsibility.
One thing nearly all stressed-out teachers have in common is that they willingly, eagerly even, take on what are—or should be—their students’ responsibilities.
After teaching a directed lesson, they fail to shift full responsibility for actually doing the work (independent practice) to their class. Instead, they disrupt the learning process by reteaching what they just taught minutes before.
They interrupt with reminders, clues, and suggestions. They rush to the side of every student who shows the least bit of struggle.
They don’t allow their students to wrestle with the material, build academic stamina, or draw their own conclusions. They think that giving and giving and giving is what good teaching looks like.
But it’s not.
Micromanaging, coddling, and over-helping very effectively produces learned helplessness. It dissuades listening and encourages dependence on you.
It creates a room full of needy, grabby students that make you want to run screaming for the parking lot.
You Can Do It
You can’t be an effective teacher if you’re laden with stress.
It shortens your patience, mars your judgment, and weakens your ability to build influential relationships with your students.
It also brings tense, negative energy into your classroom that you can’t feel, but that visitors experience the moment they walk through your door.
No matter who you are or where you teach, the simple changes above can help you eliminate stress from your teaching life.
But it does take discipline. It takes forethought and commitment. It takes determination and the will to swim against the tide of what everyone else seems to be doing.
But you can do it.
The journey begins with one small, daily decision.
by on August 12, 2017
This is not the first time anything is written, spoken, or shown regarding domestic violence; and sadly but true, may not be the last either. Media professionals, social workers, artists, civil society and any other category that I may be missing out, have been talking about this ever since we started recording time, perhaps.
Today, in this modern 21st century, age of science and technology, we are still standing on square one, from where we started ages ago. Today we talk about empowerment, education, sophistication, but in reality we are no near to being anything said above, than the apes, man is said to have evolved from.
Stating that is just not enough. We must strive to understand domestic violence in its empirical sense; otherwise the dust under the carpet will always remain.
Domestic abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence, which…
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Today as I stand and reflect, millions of questions swarm in front of my eyes like images. Images from the past, images from the future, images questioning the very existence of my life, the purpose.
People come and go.
Attitudes are confusing.
And eventually, what is left behind, is Me for Myself.
Life is hard, and it’s not easy to cope up with it and certain attitudes doesn’t make things any easier.
We all have problems in our lives. Although, it may seem that the next person is more happy than you, you don’t know their side of the story. Every living being on this planet is fighting a battle on their own.
Don’t make someone’s battle harder than it already it. We should not dump our problems on other people in hopes of finding a way out. Your attitude towards the problem, is what is causing more problems.
This is how relations go down the drain. First you are friends, then good friends. Then a problem arise, and instead of finding a solution through collaboration, you start the blame game.
Misunderstandings grow taller than love.
Care, love become meaningless.
Relations die a brutal death.
You looked at me
Our eyes met
My heart pounded
I lowered my eyes
A dream seen
A promise made
Under the sun
On the roof top
Yes or no
I looked at you
Our eyes met
I lowered my gaze
You stared at me
To stay by my side
To protect me
To love me
To take care of me
You lived your promise
I couldn’t make mine
Couldn’t stay by your side
Love is there
Always will be
We are there
Not to be sure
Affection will remain
Promise lies in vain
Life is unpredictable
A tomorrow is gained
Or a yesterday lost
Today is here
Or maybe not
Life will end
Love is all that remains…