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My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

A Ghost of Qatar

Reading Time: 5 minutes Following a traffic accident, when the other party, unable to get their way, though they were at fault, lodged a “case” against me with the police. When I was told that, I was scared. I didn’t know that the trauma of incarceration in Qatar had also engendered another feeling: fear of police cases and the the police. . . . → Read More: A Ghost of Qatar

Qatar, Qatar Academy

Qatar…From Afar: “I’m sorry about what I did to you”

Reading Time: 4 minutes A few heart-warming messages from Qatar Academy and a very surprising communication from the student whose father got me fired from my job and incarcerated. . . . → Read More: Qatar…From Afar: “I’m sorry about what I did to you”

Equality

The Elephant in The Room

Reading Time: 4 minutes Nepali society struggles to make social progress for a number of different reasons. One of the reasons is that we have a number of social stigmas and many subjects and issues are taboo. In other words, most Nepalis live in denial of many issues plaguing the society. Here are a number of those stigmas and taboo subjects.

The first step to addressing them is to admit to the fact that they are issues. Then we can have honest conversations and discourses about them and find solutions for them. . . . → Read More: The Elephant in The Room

Nepal Education

Nepal Education: Our Textbooks Hinder Learning!

Reading Time: 5 minutes Pretty much every Nepali school textbook I have seen and read about, I have decided, actually hinders children’s learning, forget promote — and contribute to — them! In this blog post, I show how a fifth grade textbook completely misses the mark.

The solution? Do away with the local and national level examinations in grades 8 and 10 and eliminate textbooks. . . . → Read More: Nepal Education: Our Textbooks Hinder Learning!

My Personal Stories

A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

Reading Time: 6 minutes Children want to impress and please adults they look up to, whether the adults are family members, teachers, or members of their local community. As a teacher, if you have high expectations of your students, by and large, they will do everything they can to meet those expectations, partly to impress and please you.

This is a very feel-good story of a former student of mine who, as a HL IB Chemistry student, rose up to meet my expectations, succeeded AND went on to do a PhD in Chemistry at Oxford in the UK. . . . → Read More: A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

Nepal Education

Post-secondary Education: Here’s One of The Major Ways We Fail Our Students

Reading Time: 6 minutes A glimpse into post-secondary school education in the country through a student’s notebook and an examination paper. The two make very little sense. But that’s post-secondary education in Nepal for you. No wonder we fail a vast majority of our students. . . . → Read More: Post-secondary Education: Here’s One of The Major Ways We Fail Our Students

My Personal Stories

#LiefEh: Life Works In Mysterious Ways

Reading Time: 2 minutes Near the end of my academic career at Grinnell College, I wanted to “go see the world” after graduation. However, even until just months before graduation, I had really done nothing towards that goal! And yet, I ended up working, living, traveling the world for 19 years following my graduation from Grinnell in May 1994! . . . → Read More: #LiefEh: Life Works In Mysterious Ways

Nepal Education, Teacher Education

Modeling Atoms: When You Don’t Have Much, Make Creative Use of The Little You Do

Reading Time: 1 minute At under-funded and resource-strapped public schools in Nepal, teaching science in a way that brings the subject alive for students can be a major challenge. What the teachers at such schools do have is themselves and their students. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be using their own students (by having them model structures for example) in an effort to get across difficult and challenging science concepts and ideas! . . . → Read More: Modeling Atoms: When You Don’t Have Much, Make Creative Use of The Little You Do

Teacher Education

Some Light Magic at Sanskriti International School

Reading Time: 1 minute Audio recording of some light magic I performed in front of Sanskriti International School science teachers on January 25, 2019, as part of the introduction to science teacher education program. . . . → Read More: Some Light Magic at Sanskriti International School

Teacher Education

Science Teacher Education: The Program

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have a Science Teacher Education program. Depending on the needs of the school, I can either hold interactive workshops on how to impart higher level thinking skills or hold interactive workshops on teaching the content of the prescribed textbook a little differently, a little more effectively using local resources, the teachers themselves, as well as the students. . . . → Read More: Science Teacher Education: The Program

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