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Measuring someone’s knowledge, capabilities and skills is not an easy task. How can you be objective and accurate in doing that? How can you be sure that the result of that particular quiz or exam reflects the actual knowledge of your student about your subject? How can you be sure that the questions of your assessment target the various learning styles and multiple intelligences of your students? These questions come to my mind...
By Dalia Ibrahim “Name it to tame it”. This is the name of a theory I read about in Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson’s book  The Whole-brain Child  (2011). I started reading it driven by the urge to understand what happens in my daughter’s brain: I need to know what to expect from her, how to deal with her everyday crises - such as tantrums- and, most importantly, when it is time for proper...
By Dalia Ibrahim “Thank you”. How many times do you use this sentence a day? What comes to your mind when you say it? Does it come out spontaneously, or do you use it only politely? Are you sure you thanked all those who helped you one day? Did you tell them that without their help you could not have overcome that particular obstacle in your life? Did you made them feel valued and that they made a difference being by your...
By Dalia Ibrahim It is all about support and motivation. Teaching and learning are not about the quantity of knowledge the student has, but about the skills he acquires, about how much he develops and, most importantly, to what extent he enjoys learning. When you are supported, motivated and you love what you are doing, you can do miracles: you can express yourself in the most creative ways, impress those around you and, while doing...
By: Dalia Ibrahim Being a teacher is not an easy job, not only because the idea of explaining something you already know to someone else who does not can be very challenging, but also because you deal every day with different types of students, having different academic levels, interests and attitudes.  It is through the human interaction between the teacher and students that the teaching and learning process succeeds and through the...