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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, 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

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

Teacher Education

Back to Teaching…But Teachers This Time

Reading Time: 2 minutes I am back..into teaching. This time teaching teachers in Nepal instead of international students abroad. I figured educating teachers in Nepal on how to impart critical thinking skills on student might have a bigger impact than teaching students at one school. If you are interested in having me be involved in teacher education at your school, let me know! . . . → Read More: Back to Teaching…But Teachers This Time

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth I: The Offer

Reading Time: 5 minutes In February 2013, I had a job offer paying several thousand dollars a month. I either accepted it and continued on with my international teaching career or, as I had been contemplating for a while, turned it down and returned to Nepal to pursue a new career. I choose the latter. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth I: The Offer

Nepal Education

Revised and Updated Does NOT Mean Revised and Updated

Reading Time: 7 minutes The education system in Nepal is supposedly the most corrupt system in the country. If a system is corrupt and does not deliver what it’s supposed to, one employs and implements best practices from around the world. In the education system in Nepal, it seems, the practice is to adopt the worst practices, with little or no regard for their negative impact on the education of our children. Here’s one such practice prevalent in the system and what you as a parent can do to better prepare your children for the twenty-first century. . . . → Read More: Revised and Updated Does NOT Mean Revised and Updated

Teacher Education

Some Light Magic at Karkhana!

Reading Time: 1 minute An audio recording of some light magic I “performed” in front of Karkhana science teachers. . . . → Read More: Some Light Magic at Karkhana!

Teacher Education

Everyday Science: Assessing for Success

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here are the details from the last of the seven-session US Embassy’s Book Bus (Science) Teacher Empowerment Program, Everyday Science: Learn, to Teach; Teach, To Learn. . . . → Read More: Everyday Science: Assessing for Success

Teacher Education

Everyday Science: Model Lessons III

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here are the details from the sixth of the seven-session US Embassy’s Book Bus (Science) Teacher Empowerment Program, Everyday Science: Learn, to Teach; Teach, To Learn. . . . → Read More: Everyday Science: Model Lessons III

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