When you work with so tough challenging behaviour students in a high stander school environment then it is easy to feel down when you have been asked about the outcomes and its quality in so crowded day by many tasks and To Do List. The only question flows in your mind at night is how to survive on the next day!
Actually, your motivation should derive from your students. They are your strength when you already built the right relationship with cement of "love" and "respect". Trust them and believe in their abilities. Your students are not robots but humans who can feel your attitude and need to fulfill the curiosity of "why" questions. Actually, it is an almost universal law, their reaction depends on your action. Remember, they will pay back later but in different ways. It is a matter of time to harvest what you planted.
Whenever you are in a hard time, simply repeat it continuously in your heart: " But I love my children" because they are only who trust in you as their moral and example for their future.
I would like to share my asked questions during the e-course: Managing Behaviour for Learning, organised by National STEM Learning Center and FutureLearn.
Q1: How can you sustain positive improvements in behaviour?
Q2: How do you manage the most challenging of students, where talking and advising them is not producing significant changes?
It was delighted to hear the opinion of Mr Tom Bennett, Behaviour Adviser to the UK Department for Education and founder of researchED. Tom has recently authored Creating a culture: how school leaders can optimise behaviour, an independent review for the UK Government and writes regularly on behaviour management on his blog ( https://lnkd.in/fjNS7Ku ).
It is a big question with so much hard work. I sometimes prefer to call it as the "A following-up day by eagle eyes"
Here are my ten general strategies with students of grade 3, 4 and 5:
1. Must be started at the beginning of the school year. As early as you begin as early you reduce the rate of bullying.
2. Identify it clearly and explain the difference between other similar behaviours like being mean, unkind, confliction, etc.
3. During your school day, keep raising the pool of positive words in your student's dictionary. For example: instead of saying "You were rude to your friend" try to paraphrase it like "I was surprised to know that you were not nice to your best friend!"
4. Have a personality folder for each student. Study their character and focus on the students with challenging behaviours ones.
5. Build the students "Social skills", teach them when should say "Sorry" or "No!". How to act if someone pushed them or said something wrong. "Use your tongue before your hand or leg!" is my basic rule.
6. Always remember, when you deal with challenging behaviour child, your job is to save the remained positive character, not ruin the last chance to teach the child how should behave.
7. Separate between the challenging behaviour and child's character. Remind the child that the chosen behaviour was wrong but he/she is a good child.
8. Be ready to the difference between your educational method and child's parent one. Sometimes they encourage the rule "If someone hit you, then hit him/her harder!"
9. Keep talking to your children and be always available and visible. "I'm sure that you can make today better than yesterday.", "I trust you!" and "You already know the rules, right?" sentences like these could have magical effects.
10. Even if you are representing the discipline in your corridor, show the love to your students. They learn from their surrounded environment.
*All opinions are my own*
“Believe in yourself”, easy to advise others by telling them to be what they are but it is so hard to apply it and make a lifestyle.
Because of my passion for mathematics, algebra and geometry, I believed it is my duty to help others who hate math and make their school life easier. I cannot remember how many I assisted, but what I am sure about is that confidence smile in their face each time they can solve a difficult exercise alone.
I can remember also my colleagues in Aga Khan Development Network, Louai, Safwan, and Hassan Abo Esmail who always been supportive friends in each time I feel down.
“Yes, I can do it” this should be your answer when you handle a new task, pass a horrible situation, or may in worst scenarios, losing everything. It is out of the question when the matter related to your abilities, with no doubt you can achieve something, whatever it was big but it is called an achievement.
Keep trying, because only who are perfect with no mistakes in life, are who do nothing in their life!
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On July 19, 2016, I shared with you the details of my interesting interview with EY in Abu Dhabi So what happened next? here is the second part of the story!
After the interview, I sent a formal email thanking both of Mr. Buland Iqbal, General Director (the interviewer), and Mr. Doglus Horne, Senior HR Associate, for their warm welcoming and professional way to introduce EY culture. Then after ten working days, another diplomatic following email had been sent. The final decision received after five days later.
As a university student waiting for the final exam mark, I was feeling anxious about the content of the email. Yes, it was a rejection email! And even of the disappointing feelings about losing this great opportunity to join EY team world, I sent another thank email to not select me!
But what caught my eyes was the email itself. It was not a short typical template email which we usually receive from the recruiters or HR officers, but more personal and written in a way to show how a valuable candidate I was for them. Mr. Doglus left the doors open as a welcomed applicant and mentioned twice that they were satisfied with my skills, the way I introduced myself during the interview and good impression left behind.
Here are the learnt lessons:
" We May Lose The Battle But Not The War "
Since I was about 17 years old, I was tutoring, and helping my colleagues and relatives in their school homework and exam preparation. Even I chose to study Business Administration, but I didn't stop to follow my passion in education and volunteered in many activities related to the children and teaching roles. I decided to support it with a formal certificate and I finished my Diploma in Education during my military service.
Why I am telling you this boring and common story of millions! Well, because every day we listen to thousands of youtube videos and read a lot of articles about the inspiration and time to live happily but no one of us has the courage to take this kind of decision and follow his dreams.
Don't be afraid to follow you dream, it's the shadow of your future. After nine years of administrative experience and working in NGO, military, and industry' offices. I decide to take the risk of making a big shift in my career by starting and employing all my organization and people skills in Education field. All together with my previous volunteering experience to make a new combination which I feel confident that will make me a valuable asset and investment for the school.
I was so afraid to be rejected after my first interview with The International school of Choueifat as all I have are a certificate and some volunteering activities. But now I am so grateful for both of Mr. Kevin Rabbitt in Recruitment Dept. and Mr. Armen Mansourian, the School Director at Sabis Educational Services in Sultanate Oman, who trusted me and saw beyond the nice formatted CV more than well administrative experienced and skilled candidate.
While I am counting the days left to join The International School of Choueifat in Oman, I more believe that I found finally that kind of balance, happy in your life - happy in your work. This was the main reason to share my experience in public! I would like to encourage all of you to stay focused on your dreams and never fed up whatever it could take time and effort.
So interesting speech by Tom Hulm! I believe that the same method could be applied on our daily routine tasks which are previously designed before we have been hired! It is easy to follow the main routes, I mean, the company procedures which obviously should be respected, but the point is if you can make the task which you are responsible about more efficient and effective, so why the company can not take this shortcut!
Making these kind of shortcuts doesn't mean that you are breaking the company law, but you are doing what it is supposed or expected from you.
On another hand, finding your dream job or at least the best job offer here in UAE need a lot of effort and intelligent by creating or trying a new job hunting strategies. By mean, you have to find a shortcut to pass the long boring CVs evaluating process and waiting a call or email.
I would like to introduce mt Video CV which in short time after I published it in youtube, many recruiters and HR officers showed their impressing toward a new way to catch their attention.
Unfortunately, I still waiting my golden call for interview, but I believe I put my feet in the right road.
Here I would like to share in public some of my secret tools which help me to go beyond the stage of "Sending the CV and waiting for a call"
1. FTL app:
My most favourite app when I apply to LinkedIn jobs. FTL is the short name of FindThatLead, where through it, you can find the email of the LinkedIn profile. So let's suppose you find the LinkedIn profile of recruiter or HR officer of your favourite company which you always dream to be part of it, by one click and FTL will give his/her email with the accurate percentage.
The app is free with 10 profile emails to check weekly. If you would like to get more, the prices are affordable in various plans.
2. Mailtester.com website:
Following to the previous app function, let's suppose the provided accuracy of email is less than for instance 70% so this website can check for free if the email is active or not, correct or not. (remember to ask MR. Google also!)
Watch this video, to learn more how to find anyone's email (I recommend to check all of Johnny Campbell videos on "Social Talent" channel)
3. Jobscan.co website:
You find your dream job advertised and "Yes!" it's your opportunity to say to the company "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" :)
But in usual, because of ATS you are dismissed and your CV was sent to the black hole. But not anymore with this paid website (unfortunately) as it compares between your CV and job description, trying to match your CV with the keywords mentioned there. A nice matching percentage appear with full details. I highly recommend it as you can then include what are missed in your CV before sending even by email.
4. TagCrowd website:
Well, I leave it at the end of the list as it helpful in some limits. I mean, it calculates the keywords in your CV. Let me explain. If the word "administrator" is repeated five times and the word "officer" two times in your CV, so logically, if recruiter used the word "officer" as a requested keyword, then ATS will leave your CV at the bottom of the list as it's not repeated as much as other CVs.
On another hand, I prefer to use it as a guidance, not any more than this purpose.
Finally, I will try to update this post each time I discover a new cool tool or website help us as a job seeker. Also, all of us will be happy to share and know any other exciting websites, so let us know about it :)
So, how we can face this kind of technology challenge as a job seeker! Let’s take a look at these suggestions:
We will talk more about this point in a separate post.
Let’s take LinkedIn as an example. A lot of interesting jobs advertised daily, some of them requesting only to attach your CV while another lead you to the company website. If recruiters using LinkedIn for looking for their best candidates collection so we can you use the same weapon to reach the hiring decision maker. There cheap tools to get his/her email, and websites to evaluate how your CV contents are close to the job description.
Here are some of them: FindThatLead app, mailtester.com, tagcrowd.com, jobscan.co
… To be continued
The dream came a true, and I received the invitation email for Face-to-Face meeting to discuss my application for “Executive Secretary” position opened in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The interview was with Mr. Buland Iqbal, an Executive Director with 20 years of career at EY. I knew, this interview will not be as similar as the previous ones. I have one chance, one shot, one try!
The preparation for the interview started once I got the confirmation of interview time and location. Going through dozens of articles and brochures about EY, matching and highlighting the major of my skills with the mentioned requirements in the job description, and little training courses with my lovely mirror! I mean, double check my language body and lovely smile.
With high testosterone level, I walked to EY office in Etihad towers, floor 27. With a warm greeting from receptionists, I waited in the meeting room with WOW view from the window (attached down) and because I came before 15 minutes of arranged, I took my time to organise my breath, ideas and papers.
The door was opened, and Mr Buland entered with so interesting charisma used to see it with senior managers and CEO. Immediately, I understood the name of the game! He acted as busy, and uninterested about our meeting. So negative signals raised in the first 10 minutes which could let anyone down and announce the surrender. Now, it is my turn! And I have to show him who is the next EY Executive Secretary!
I tried in each answer I provide, attach an example of my current/previous experience related to his question and as a bonus, something related to EY vision or theories. For instance, for the question “Describe your current role responsibilities?” I made sure to mentioned that ones which are highly demanded on the job description and when I moved to Teamwork skills, I just added “… because I believe in EY Chairman and CEO message about teamwork culture, …”
And when my time came to ask, the list of questions was well prepared. The first two ones just a review and a feedback about my interview in general. Then followed with questions about EY teamwork and my next position, and at the end, a conclusion to make sure everything is covered.
Here were my questions:
At the end, any candidate should make his/her touch. I just asked him to accept my personal card which includes my name, website, contact number and email. He was happy to tell me that I have so exceptional and professional way to introduce myself.
Now, While I am waiting for the golden call from HR Dept. I just review his comments about my skills to improve and polish it more!
Please do not hesitate to ask my help about my secret plans to prepare for job interview :)