OFFICIAL BLOGS

We are publishing three categories of blogs. Please see your respective category for submission guidelines.

Pakistani Educators

Our official blog for educators is written by educators and seeks brief, practical content. We welcome:

  • Research based submissions
  • Examples of classroom practice
  • Opinion pieces
  • Advice on how to overcome specific challenges

All blog posts should:

  • Be written respectfully
  • Be conveyed in a positive tone
  • Preferably include suggestions for improvement
  • Have a word limit of 600-800 word

International Educators

If you are an educator working in any part of the world outside Pakistan, we invite you to write for our official blog posts,and appreciate blogs written on theme of the month or any of the following:

  • Research based submissions
  • Examples from classroom practice
  • Opinion pieces
  • Advice on how to overcome specific challenges

All blog posts should:

  • Be written respectfully be conveyed in a positive tone preferably include suggestions for improvement
  • Have a word limit of 600-800 words

Students

Our official blog for students is written by students. We welcome blog posts that covers:

  • Youth issues
  • Problems and challenges in education for students
  • Student perspectives of what works in education and what doesn’t

All blog posts should:

  • Be written respectfully
  • Be conveyed in a positive tone
  • Preferably include suggestions for improvement
  • Have a word limit of 600-800 words

(Please provide your complete name, a picture and brief introduction with clearly mentioning your current position and Institution with submission)

THEMES

THEMES FOR EDUCATORS FROM PAKISTAN

1. Teaching in Pakistan:

Teaching in Pakistan is considered as one of the easy going professions where wages are low. Teachers suffer from low social status and face many issues that are related to classrooms and workplace. What challenges did you see in teaching based on your experience, how to address these challenges and what do you anticipate about the future of teaching in Pakistan?

 

2. The Education Standards:

High educational standards always help in building thoughtful nations and innovative generations.
How well our education standards meet with the modern world? What is required to do? What are immediate and long term strategies that must be adapted?.

 

3. Differentiated Classrooms:

Every human is different with different styles of learning and reflecting on own learning. Research suggests that deep understanding is possible if the process, practice and assessment are varied so every child in the classroom succeeds in terms of learning. What is you view on this stance? How you ensure differentiation in your classrooms and how differentiation leads to equity?

 

4. Questioning Strategies:

Questioning is considered as an integral tool for thought provoking classroom discussions, which lead to bigger ideas and help in making meaning. What do you do to ensure powerful questioning in classroom? What are high and low order questions? How questioning enriches understanding? What strategies must be followed by the teachers to bring effective and powerful questioning? We want to listen to your strategies.

 

5. School Leadership:

Leadership nurtures a culture of learning and teaching and help in devising policies which are de-personalized and crafted around mission statement. What do you say about leadership roles? How school leadership plays a role in nurturing school culture? Why effective leadership is necessary for the teachers to grow? What to do and what not to do in order to support effective learning and teaching?

 

6. Effective Assessments:

From summative to formative, assessments are designed to check learning milestones of students and effective teaching. Based on your experience suggest how assessments help to gauge deep understanding of learning? How and when assessment need improvement?
Why assessment types need a continuous change. We want to see some suggestions to make assessment more meaningful.

 

7. Professional Development

​Professional development of teachers and school leaders plays a vital role in upbringing of professional cultures, better understanding of needs of the day and children. Many organisations help in professional development of educators by providing, face to face training and webinars. In your opinion, how professional development helps? How did you find professional development sessions in your career? What is a good training and development? What to seek and what to leave when deciding about a Pd program.

 

8. Learning for Life

​Educators are supposed to prepare students for life beyond school, but it’s not always clear what that life will look like. What do students need to know and be able to do when they finish school? How can educators foster skills for lifelong learning? What nonacademic skills are essential to future success? What models—such as the maker movement, project-based learning, and online learning—best prepare students for the kind of learning they’ll need to do outside school? How to promote empathy and tolerance at young age? What helps in learning for life and how to the taught has meaningful transfer?

THEMES FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS

1. Questioning Strategies:

Questioning is considered as an integral tool for thought provoking classroom discussions, which lead to bigger ideas and help in making meaning. What do you do to ensure powerful questioning in classroom? What are high and low order questions? How questioning enriches understanding? What strategies must be followed by the teachers to bring effective and powerful questioning? We want to listen to your strategies.

 

2. School Leadership:

Leadership nurtures a culture of learning and teaching and help in devising policies which are de-personalized and crafted around mission statement. What do you say about leadership roles? How school leadership plays a role in nurturing school culture? Why effective leadership is necessary for the teachers to grow? What to do and what not to do in order to support effective learning and teaching?

 

3. Differentiated Classrooms:

Every human is different with different styles of learning and reflecting on own learning. Research suggests that deep understanding is possible if the process, practice and assessment are varied so every child in the classroom succeeds in terms of learning. What is you view on this stance? How you ensure differentiation in your classrooms and how differentiation leads to equity?

 

4. Effective Assessments:

From summative to formative, assessments are designed to check learning milestones of students and effective teaching. Based on your experience suggest how assessments help to gauge deep understanding of learning? How and when assessment need improvement? Why assessment types need a continuous change. We want to see some suggestions to make assessment more meaningful.

 

5. Invasion of Technology in classroom:

Teachers and educators have come up with latest tools to facilitate their instructional practices, and embedding technology in their classrooms. What is your stance on use of technology? What type of tools help in projects, motivated learning, effective communication and daily classroom teaching? What are the possible outcomes compared to traditional teaching? What is the best way to introduce a new tool? We are seeking for your suggestions how to use technology is collaborative teaching and learning.

 

6. Professional Development:

​Professional development of teachers and school leaders plays a vital role in upbringing of professional cultures, better understanding of needs of the day and children. Many organisations help in professional development of educators by providing, face to face training and webinars. In your opinion, how professional development helps? How did you find professional development sessions in your career? What is a good training and development? What to seek and what to leave when deciding about a Pd program.

 

7. The Whole Child Initiative:

A child’s learning enhances when he/she is safe, healthy, supported and challenged. Why Whole Child Initiative works and its tenets provide a gateway to better learning environments. What should be done to support , engage and challenge a child. What schools can do to provide safe and healthy environments. How those school perform better who follow these tenets?

 

8. Learning for Life:

Educators are supposed to prepare students for life beyond school, but it’s not always clear what that life will look like. What do students need to know and be able to do when they finish school? How can educators foster skills for lifelong learning? What nonacademic skills are essential to future success? What models—such as the maker movement, project-based learning, and online learning—best prepare students for the kind of learning they’ll need to do outside school? How to promote empathy and tolerance at young age? What helps in learning for life and how to the taught has meaningful transfer?

THEMES FOR STUDENTS

Students may write on any topic of their choice ranging from technology to academic excellence. We appreciate your writings and try our best share their thoughts with the world. Some general ideas can be:

1. Impact of technology on lives.
2. Cultural diversity and globalization.
3. Expectations from education system for better learning.

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