I secretly believe that I know a lot - a lot more than a lot of people (and I am kinda proud of it).
However, I also know that there’s a lot of stuff that I don’t know and that’s OK. There is no shame or regret. You can’t know everything. You can only strive to know and understand as much as possible about things you love or things that matter to you.
I am a teacher and I say "I don’t know" regularly, in the class and out of it. It’s not only because I am humble, even...
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon I am no means an authority in writing or even close. I scored only 6.5 in IELTS in writing and was only an average student.
Having said that, I like to learn and have improved over time. Credit goes to giants like William Zinsser (On Writing Well), my high school English teacher Gushminder Singh and people at copyblogger.com (God bless them). Gushminder Singh got me so interested in the English...
Earlier, we discussed how to chose a college major or a school stream when you are interested in a particular field but are confused due to opportunities.
This post is for people who don’t specific interest in any field.
If you are still reading, I would assume you are one of those who are clueless because of so many options and no particular interest.
It’s OK. You are not alone. In fact, you are in the majority - not that it’s a good thing but still, you are in the...
I have been procrastinating this post for quite some time now. But today I am in flow. I have already written three posts today. This is the fourth one.
Reading about flow in "Bold" also helped. I am going to steal some of the things they say in the book for you. So..
What is flow? Flow basically means being in a state of mind where you are focused, efficient, and effective all at the same time. If you are writing, words just come out of you. If you are creating art, creativity...
You might think the answer is "I don’t know"
... and you would be right.
However, that’s not what our usual response is to the questions to which we don’t know. At least, that’s what the mountain of research evidence says.
In an experiment, 75% of the children and 25% of the adults said "Yes" or "No" to the questions to which there was no answer i.e. the expected answer was "I don’t know".
It’s important to encourage students to say "I don’t know" as the answer to...
My cousin, still in middle school, gets punished and fined if he speaks Punjabi. They are allowed to speak Hindi and English though.
There is a very odd wave against Punjabi language running in Punjab, at least in the cities. People who want to appear cultured and modern are shunning Punjabi as it is too crude for them.
This is happening at a time when Punjabi cinema is getting popular and Punjabi songs are being played throughout India with reverence because of their...
Walking for the first time. Being tall enough to touch switches for the first time. Being able to tie shoelace the first time? when your feet finally fit into your mom’s sleepers, then your dad’s. Getting your first salary. Happiness is - a state of mind.
What’s happiness to you?
College education is expensive. Parents pay through their teeth to see their children graduate and study further. Is it really worth it?
You need to go to college if: You want to mingle socially. College is supposed to be fun. You want to pass the minimum hiring criteria for most companies. You don’t know what you want to do. The College is a good option, by default. You are doing poorly in academics. That sounds counterintuitive but may be true for most. If you can’t figure out...
Have you ever noticed how people slog away on a single level of a game like Candy Crush?
Many of these same individuals don’t consider themselves as persevering and won’t slog away in similar fashion in their academics or real life.
Why is that?
How can these games make someone work so hard even though they don’t consider themselves a hard worker?
How can we use some of these principles to design better learning experience?
Here are some of the...
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell Expressing ideas and opinions with conviction: This is something I have battled with for a long time and still do.
In college, when evaluated for group discussions, I would be told many times "You are not confident in your sentences, therefore your argument appears weak." I used lots of "can, could, may, might, about,...
A famous psychologist, Abraham Maslow, laid down a list of needs in the order which people go through in their life, starting from the bottom of the following pyramid. Most people intuitively know this pyramid.
Most individuals follow this pyramid scaling one step after the other in the pyramid. In Made to stick, Chip and Dan added one more step above self-actualization: Transcendence - which they define as...
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I can extend the above lie indefinitely and make it more credible with...
Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a ThighMaster.
- Some Clever high school student
The quote above is graphic, hooks you and helps you to imagine the face in the way that just saying "her face was oval" won’t do. Analogies can do that. That’s why they are a great learning tool.
Teachers and students have to deal with a lot of abstract concepts. If you relate those concepts with things you already understand, understanding...
We are multitasking more than ever before. Multitasking is now glorified to such an extent that people who can’t do it are considered somewhat slow.
However, the concept of multitasking is flawed. It is scientifically proven that you don’t really multitask because you can’t.
So what happens when you think you are multitasking?
You shift focus from one thing to other rapidly giving an illusion of multitasking. This is even true for the females who are generally much better...
"Your ability to work single-mindedly on your most important task will contribute as much to your success as any other discipline you can develop." -Brian Tracy
Attention span in Humans is about an average of 20 minutes. After that concentration starts to drop sharply. That’s when you see the students dozing in the class or just sit glass eyed.
In the last chapter, Build hunger for learning, we learnt techniques for generating interest which helps students to focus. In this...
Would you agree that a positive mental attitude is very important for learning, or for almost everything?
In fact, without a positive learning state which is primed for learning, you won’t be able to learn anything.
The real question is: how do you get your students into that learning state?
Before the learning starts, you want to build a hunger for it. Here are few things you would like to stroke in your students to build their desire for learning.
I never planned when I was in school. That’s just how I rolled. Now I know what I missed.
Myths about planning that bought in to [not any more]
It’s not flexible It takes time It won’t work (I just knew it instinctively. Bad instincts!!) It’s all in my head. Eh. I don’t know (sadly, the most popular) Here’s the thing.
Give it just one day. We spend hundred of hours on candy crush and angry birds. Just spend 5 minutes (it won’t probably even take that long) to plan out...
If you take nothing else from this chapter, take this ? If you just define your goals, learning goals or otherwise, clearly and have them written on a piece of paper which you keep close to you, your chances of achieving your goals increases significantly.
80% of your success comes from defining your goals of what you are going to accomplish. Interestingly 97% people don’t ever define their goal.In a research done at Harvard university, people who wrote goals were earning ten times than...
Your life depends on your decisions and actions, not your situation
- Tony Robbins
Since our decisions shape our life outcomes, one would imagine that people think rationally through their decisions. Sadly, that’s not true.
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I’ve made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
- George Bernard Shaw
Most people think they think but they aren’t. They just run on auto pilot,...
Just to be clear: I am not a doctor. Use your brain before following my advice and consult a doctor. Don’t kill yourself.
Having said that, the following practices are pretty safe and unlikely to kill you. None of the what follows is original research. I am just synthesizing what master researchers tell and I felt that their message was important enough to repeat. Some of the people I use as references are Tim Ferriss, Ray Cronise, Wim Hof
I am going to tell some facts about...