The past few weeks have been surreal to say the least. Dubai’s school closures a couple of weeks ago left many of us moaning about the ‘overreaction’ by authorities to COVID-19. But watching the news unfold, moment by moment, even the cynics among us became fretful about the novel coronavirus.
As I work in learning support, my thoughts are obviously with the students. Children across the globe find themselves unexpectedly housebound. There is uncertainty over when schools will reopen. Schools, parents and caregivers are scrambling to implement e-learning strategies and make any possible arrangement for their kids to continue learning. The unique challenges that confront us are compounded for children with learning challenges, social-emotional difficulties, mental health concerns and special needs. There are more questions than answers for now.
While listing the many negatives of the predicament we find ourselves in, it is easy to miss the silver lining, ever so slight as it may appear.
Continue reading “Embracing the Unknown”
It’s clearly been a long time since my last post. Moving to a new country last year kept me busy beyond belief. Bangalore had cocooned me in familiarity and comfort. The initial excitement of Dubai quickly wore off and I found myself neck deep in setting up a new house and settling into a new school job. It was a clear shift in the pace of life I was used it.
However, being in the field of helping children with learning difficulties gives me the greatest motivation and pleasure in life. So, after a year of trial and error, I’ve finally eased into a contended routine. It also helps to have two months off for the summer!
I’m happy to present to you the new look and name of the website. Despite not actively working on this space, the website has constantly been on my mind and I hope to continue keeping The Learning Chapter alive.
My obsession with famous quotes is never ending and I’d like to end with Steve Jobs’ words. They perfectly sum up my state of mind the past year or so.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
“Life is difficult.” Thus begins the popular book ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M. Scott Peck (1936-2005), an American psychiatrist. First published in 1978, the book’s simple language lends to easy understanding. Peck draws considerably from his daily clinical practice as evidenced by the innumerable examples sprinkled across the book. In a four part series I briefly explain the tools Peck writes about to achieve mental and spiritual growth; at the outset he mentions he does not distinguish the two. The four tools are discipline, love, growth-religion and grace.
While discipline is the first step to achieving a full life what is the motive or the energy for discipline? Love, says Scott Peck. Peck defines love as, “The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” He clarifies self love and love of others go hand-in-hand and are ultimately indistinguishable. Love is not just a desire but a combination of action and intention. Peck dedicates a major part of his book to love and the length of this post reflects that. Continue reading “The Road Less Travelled: Love (Part 2 of 4)”
As 2015 draws to a close I can’t help but reflect on the year gone by. Special education is an ever changing, fast paced and challenging field. Working with children is tough, gratifying, stressful and joyful all at the same time! The burn out rate among special educators is extremely high. Personally, the highlight of the year was the chance to slow down. Continue reading “New Beginnings”
The authors of ‘Teaching Young Children with ADHD’ could not have phrased it better when they wrote, “No job is more satisfying than teaching children: however, no job in educating is more demanding or stressful than is teaching.” Continue reading “Stress Busters”