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"A lot of my students view the world from only one side. That's their perspective. I don't change opinions, nor I try to convince. All I do is I pick up the coin, flip it, and hope it will land on the other side."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ways of Knowing

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A few weeks ago, a couple of friends and I were having dinner at a central place in town. As the night progressed I caught myself talking excessively. How do you know?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Character Development

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You gotta love late night discussions. And so this came up. What is parental involvement? What does it look like and how can we make it happen? Often as an educator I find myself being asked, by parents and guardians, the question of “how can I get involved?” There are a number of ways parents could adopt in order to improve the quality of their involvement.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It's Been a Long Time

About a year ago I had promised that I'd take some time off my weekly schedule to devote it to writing. A week became two, later a month and here I am nearly nine months after my last post attempting to put my thoughts down on paper again.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Beyond Communication

It's been a while and man have I been through a wild roller coaster ride. 

Trying to define the essence of human communication in a meeting room packed up with a bunch of teachers, can be quite amusing. A lot of the times you will listen to people saying that during these so called workshops you get the chance to deepen your "understanding" in particular matters that are directly or indirectly related to your profession. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Seeing Through People

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The ability to see through people can be defined as the skill or capability to quickly comprehend  and understand the motives and meta messages of the person you are talking to. Though the tendency is always there, seeing through people can't always be good. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

When You Think You Know Everything

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In a world where personal achievements are the strings you are attached to that further dictate how "successful" you are considered a misconception governs. In the field of education a teacher should be capable of performing in several areas carrying out a variety of activities. It would be impractical to list all of them but examples of these areas include planning lessons, photocopying material, meeting with the parents, correcting homework/papers and exams, motivating students, dealing with the administration, taking part in extra curricular activities (ECAs) and finally but most importantly answering to student questions.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When You Hit a Brick Wall

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It's been quite some time. Although the urge to comment on my daily observations has been tickling me for weeks, a weird and unexplainable aura has been blocking me from putting my thoughts down on e-paper.

Through the course of the rapidly changing environment surrounding me I've come to realize that it takes a great deal of intellectual and at times irrational understanding to value what the person facing you is thinking.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Advice vs. Understanding

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Observing and trying to analyze how people communicate has always been a fascinating activity. But can you really observe so much only by standing at an ice-cream line? The following conversation took place between a man and his wife, a couple that showed heavy westernized characteristics.
As the couple passes by the woman turns around and asks her husband:

W: "Do you want to stop for ice-cream?"
And so the man replied:
M: "No, thank you."

He answered honestly and therefore didn't stop. But did it end there?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Creativity and Innovation

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To most of us the words creativity and innovation are synonymous words, when really they should not be. If you were to give a definition to both of them you'd immediately understand that they are significantly distinct from one another. As cited by Dr. Dorothy A. Leonard, Professor at Harvard University

Creativity: A process of developing and expressing novel ideas that are likely to be useful.

Innovation: The embodiment, combination, and/or synthesis of knowledge in original, relevant valued new products, processes or services.

So what is the difference between the two concepts? Can you foster both of them to boost your mental capabilities and overall contribution to society?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Little acts of kindness start with Me

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Location: The supermarket - Cairo, Egypt.

- I am having lunch alone at this supermarket near my house in Cairo. Next to me a newlywed couple are tying to have lunch but the mother is seemingly having a hard time eating.
- Her baby is on her lap preventing her from having a descent meal.
- Only a table away a mother is sitting with her daughter.
- The daughter not more than 18 years old offers to carry the baby.
- An act that made me smile, an act that made me feel that sometimes it doesn't take much intelligence to understand that someone is in need of help.
- Just take the time to offer.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Double Jeopardy

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I hate it when I am right. I just hate it. Public education is never going to change. Too many muscle-flexing, ego-filled, self centered instructors that prioritize money over real learning. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Friends do not Exist

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Friends are not important and they do not exist. Anyone who doesn’t know me will most probably deem me crazy and will consequently stop reading this article immediately. Patience, I think I have a valid argument here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Find It

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Taking the time to look up the word inspiration, one might find words such as motivation, insight, flash and encouragement as synonyms. What is your inspiration, or how were you inspired to be a teacher is a question I get a lot these days.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Change and the pursuit of Happiness

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“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is the phrase you will come across if you take the time to read the United States Declaration of Independence. It’s considered as the most powerful, meaningful and significantly inspiring sentences ever written in the English language. But what is the pursuit of Happiness?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wait What?

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"Our whole universe was in a hot dense state then nearly 40 billion years ago expansion started, wait.."

These lyrics I borrowed from the widely known sitcom called: "The Big Bang Theory".  Why am I interested is because the song starts with this statement claiming that our whole universe was crammed and then something happened and everything exploded, and the universe as we know it today was created. Plausible, but not widely accepted.

What comes to mind though in this 58 second audio sample played before every 20 minute episode, is that immediately after that sentence in the opening statement of the song,  the band starts listing all the major events, or creations of mankind.
Wait, what?

Finding Your Element

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I had a friend once that came up to me and said: " I am so excited cause I am taking a creativity course". I wasn't really surprised with the whole idea. I thought to myself "Creativity course? How the hell does that work?"

Can someone actually have the guts to claim that he or she has the capability of inducing or even trying to teach you such a virtue? A professor for that matter. Is creativity really taught? Or is it a gift you are born with? Who would know that a few months later I would be employed by such an institution in which 'creativity' is a school objective.