Back to blogging

It’s been a long time since I blogged last. I think it was just being lazy really. Throughout that 3-year period, I did blog though, tremendously, just not on this site, but rather on social-media platforms (namely facebook, twitter (which you would find on my main page as an extension) and others). I think they are very attractive to us; and we are programmed to respond to them as well–we, after all do want to be noticed by “more” people.. to expose our thoughts to a wider and more spontaneous crowed of people.

Anyways, I will be posting more often, and more casually, now and then about my ideas, responses, regarding eduation and technology, more causally until I have time to post “more formally” I guess.

 

You need to learn to laugh at yourself!

As an educator and learner, it’s very important to “know” how to laugh at yourself.

Now what do I mean by that?

Simply, as human beings, there are many things that we just don’t understand/know. Nobody knows everything. But, true, there are people who know quite a lot of things. But that did not come out of thin air; they were not born this way. They all went through the tedious burden of “learning” how things work. In the process, there were moments when they felt helpless and did not think they would learn what they wanted to learn, but after a while, they realized that what they were frustrated with was a simple part that they needed a little help with, or they just missed a simple thing along the way! and that’s when they “laugh” at themselves!

To conclude, as educators, we need to constantly improve ourselves and , in the process, learn how to laugh at ourselves. Students, also, are in need of such an attitude in and outside of the class. So, come on everybody;, start learning and “laughing at yourselves”! 🙂

To practice or not to practice..

It has long been said that “practice makes perfect”. I don’t necessarily want to break that saying or disqualify it entirely. Nor do I want to propose a “rocket-science” method that would replace the vitality of practice. Rather, there is more to practice than meets the naked eye!

When talking about language acquisition, I can’t emphasize enough that no body would be able to achieve a decent level of fluency and efficiency without really indulging in getting his hands dirty (if that is an appropriate expression), and actually speak it or write it. However, I think that it doesn’t really matter how much you practice the target language if you aren’t consciously aware of the mistakes you make and/or how to correct your utterances! Continue reading

الإنسانُ عاطفيٌّ بِطبعِه!

صورة شخص في حالة استرخاء عاطفي

للعاطفة عمقها الأصيل في شخصية الإنسان

 

خَلقَ اللّه سبحانه وتعالى هذا الإنسانَ العظيم بتركيبه، المعجز بتنظيمه، والعجيب بسلوكياته، كي نتأمّل فيه ونستنتج منه ما ينفعنا ويذكرنا بواجبنا تجاه خالقنا البديع. وعندما أقول أن الإنسانَ عاطفيّ بطبعه–هذا لا يعني بأي حال من الأحوال أنه مصدر ضعفه؛ أو قوّته.. بل يحتمل الإثنان! كيف ذلك؟ لنستكشف معاً..

أنا–من خلال تأملاتي في الناس وسلوكياتهم–أجد شيئا مثيرا للإهتمام.. هذا الشيء هو أنّ أكثر ما يُغيّر من سلوكيات الانسان هو عاطفتُه–سواءاً كان هذا المؤثر يجذبه أو ينفّره. Continue reading

The “Candle Lighting Ceremony” aura

Flags of different color combinations, signifying the multi-country culture of the university, are brought about to the “Rothman Center” hall, with some harmonious bagpipe music along the way. Then the university’s board members walk up ahead to the platform.. The mission is to spark the first light in the lives of the new citizens of the University–the new students. Continue reading

That amazing moment!

At a certain time in this short life, one gets to experience different incidents, opportunities, chances, or even accidents. Acquiring the chance to meet a lot of different nationalities in a very short time (a matter of around 2 weeks) that I don’t recall I have experienced such a number of different faces through my entire life at large. Proudly, That was made possible by being admitted to the Fulbright program and the auspicious Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, USA. Continue reading

Mobile Phones: Are They Making our Lives Easier

Recently I had the pleasure to present a workshop on “Mobile Phones: Are They Making our Lives Easier” at Modern College of Business and Science in Muscat on August 5th, 2012.

Here is an overview of the topic approached along with resources for expanded knowledge on the points discussed: Continue reading