Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Peer Pressure and Sex Education

 Peer pressure can be defined to include any type of behaviour that is motivated by the desire to be part of the larger group of peers. This pressure could be the positive aspect of wanting to blend in with a group of exceptional students and wanting to fit into a particular social context. In this video, the student is being pressured into watching a type of pornographic film.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Peer Pressure and Mental Strength

 In this clip the commentary from the parent is noteworthy. With proper guidance from the teachers and parents, students will definitely be better equipped to deal with the various pressures and temptations that are bound to present themselves in their lives. 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Using Reverse Psychology to Win

 When kids are told they cant do something - they often try to do that very thing. How can a teacher/parent use this to modify child behaviour?

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Bart Simpson has ADHD

 ADHD presents itself in a myriad of ways. Hyperactivity, inappropriate social interactions, and extremes on the scales of intelligence.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Kids feel hurt when judged

 Stephanie gets offended when the guys say that she is a chatterbox and needs to be more quiet and listen more too. This starts of a spree of silent treatment which the guys cannot handle and plead for the old Stephanie back. 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Starving oneself because of low self esteem

 This happens more often that not in the lives of girls. With the aim of keeping pace with one's peers, kids sometimes go to extreme lengths to create an image of themselves which is often a mixture of fantasy and fiction. 


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Love of the extended Family

Every Child needs people who will love them unconditionally. That love acts as a great support to the child because when they mess up (which they are certain to do) they will surely know that they have many people who will love them unconditionally. 


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Parenting Tips

 This is a compilation from the Cosby Show in which parenting tips are expressed in different ways - always to hilarious effect. 

Monday, August 23, 2021

The First Day of School

 For parents and children, the first day of school is a stressful time when expectations meet with reality. When imagination becomes real. How far these sometime opposing forces display themselves can meet with sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartfelt emotions. 


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Deep Reading for Deep Knowledge

 In this clip, the teacher is trying to probe the students to test a number of things. These include, reading levels, comprehension of the specific text and understanding of the subtle meaning hidden in the text. As one thinks more and more about a particular text, new meaning shines out and illumines the entire discussion.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Not recognizing your own kids

 How often has a parent mixed up the identity of an identical twin? I know of cases when kids pranked their parents by faking their own identity but never of a parent not recognizing their own children.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Other people's kids can sometimes be annoying

 We always see the defects in the children of other people but never notice the defects on our own children. If we could see each child as if they were our own, faults and all - that would go a long way to better teacher/parent/student relations.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Motivation through Humour

I had a teacher like this who used to tell jokes that only he thought were funny. We students often laughed - not at the jokes but at our teacher. He was a great guy though and we did not have the heart to tell him the truth.  

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

When students mock the teacher

 The teacher should, by his/her own behaviour, engender a sense of respect in his students. Respect can never be demanded, it has to be commanded. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Taking a class because of the company

 How many of us have taken college classes because of the presence of a particular person whose affection we wanted to attract. 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Learning is the prize

 Many students ask of the utility in learning and education. Indeed this is a very valid question to ask. Beyond the book knowledge that is crammed into the minds of our students, how are they to relate what they learn to everyday life? What is the motivation behind knowledge? There are a few special kids who are intrinsically motivated and value knowledge for its own sake. 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Motivating young kids to excel

 For most kids, the loving encouragement of the parents acts as a wonderful propellant in the child's creative exploration of their talents. But do parents really believe that their kids can be truly great - or is it simply a matter of wishful thinking?


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Unexpected Sex Education Class for kids

Sex Education for children often starts long before the formal talk about the birds and the bees. Curious kids are eager to experiment and explore their sexuality. But what happens when you walk in on your parents having sex? 

Friday, August 13, 2021

The Ideal Teacher for the ideal Student

 In order for education to flourish, a combination of the ideal teacher and the ideal student is necessary. When one of these factors is missing - education will not reach its potential. When both are missing, the results can be disastrous. 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Teacher caught 'faking it'

 In this episode of 'Friends', Ross gets caught up in a lie about his personal and professional history and this snowballs out of control - to hilarious effect.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Differentiation for Differing Learning Styles

 I was heartbroken when the news of Robin Williams death came out. He acted in so many movies that had a deep impact on my life. In this move - 'Dead Poets Society', the role of a teacher in coming down to the level of the students, understanding their problems, tailoring his teaching towards their own unique situation is highlighted.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Classroom Environment and Guidance of the Teacher

 In this scene from 'The School of Rock' - the teacher sets the tone of the class interactions and also gives direction regarding the physical environment - all while acting as a motivator, guide, and friend.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Reinforcement in the classroom

 In the movie Dangerous Minds, many issues regarding the approach to take when teacher students who may be considered to be 'at risk' are highlighted. A good teacher will take into account the specific needs of the students and tailor an approach to learning best situated to the demands of the situation. 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Sex Education and the meaning of life

With some children, sex education also brings up the concepts of the creation of biological life, but also some ideas regarding the meaning of life in general. It is natural for enquiring minds to want to probe deeper and find out if there is any meaning in the seemingly endless rat race that we seem to be involved with. 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Teaching Fatherhood to young kids

 It is interesting to see how perceptions have changed through generations. Perceptions regarding important issues that shape our behaviour are passed on to generations through a variety of methods. 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Teaching male children about female issues

 Although this video does not deal directly with younger children, still the idea that young boys are inadequately equipped with the knowledge of the issues that their mothers and sisters go through is very evident in this video. 


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Teaching Children the Consequences of their actions

 Discipline does not need to be something that has a negative connotation. In fact, discipline, if done correctly acts as an outlet of love and not a method for a parent to vent his own frustration. The true test of discipline is this: Does it effect the desired outcome and does it let the child understand (maybe not at the time of the discipline) that the act of discipline is only to lead to his/her own good?

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Teaching children good manners

 Our daily interactions with those around use fashion the images that people have of us and us towards ourselves. Proper telephone manners help a child learn respect for others and more importantly, respect for oneself.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Ritalin and its treatment for Chlidren

My personal view is that physicians prescribe Ritalin too frequently and without sufficient consideration to the needs and holistic situation of the child. I am sure that the use of this drug may be necessary in certain cases, but its widespread use has caused more harm than good. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Obsessive Compulsive disorder in children

 This is a very serious psychological issue that needs to be understood and addressed. Children who suffer from OCD need to be treated with respect, understanding and patience. A well equipped teacher will do well to keep him/herself fully abreast of the current research regarding OCD in young children. 

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