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”! 🙂

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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

Learning how to be choosy in choosing!

I came a cross this very interesting video, at TEDtalks earlier, This fantastic speaker, Sheena Iyengar, speaks about something we all seem to struggle with!

It’s the intricate problem of “choosing”; and how to NOT lose your mind doing so!!

I believe this is a very important skill in today’s world. We utterly have an increase in the variety of choices we have in everyday life; we’re talking about food, furniture, home-appliances, cars, spouses :-p, or even the simple choice of picking up a bottle of water from the grocery store!

Talking about the subject of education and teaching; I also struggle sometimes; which technique to apply, which method will do for my class, or even which exercise to take to class can be troublesome very often.

Enjoy watching!

P. S. Comments are welcomed 🙂

Student Technology Leaders project

I was honored to attend a workshop organized by Generation YES project and LabTech. This workshop entitled “GenYES Workshop—21st Century Learning Skills for Teachers & Students” was held for a day at City Seasons Hotel Muscat.

Overview:
What was special about this workshop is that it included a practical proposal on empowering kids (with the help of ICT tools) at schools by encouraging them to innovate in different fields and to relate to what they learn through real life experiences and perceptions. Dr. Dennis Harper (the Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Generation YES organization (GenYES) and the inventor of the Student Technology Leaders movement , AND an intimate friend of Steve Jobs) was keen to explain the adaptability of his project as he customized it to work in many countries. Continue reading