Promoting and Fostering Literacy — Teaching Kit

Really enjoyed reading this wonderful blog post that talks about ways for parents, teachers and administrators to cultivate habit of reading and writing among students.

The research results are clear! It is apparent that children raised in an environment that promotes literacy become better readers and significantly perform better in school compared to children who grew up in an environment where literacy is not promoted. The child’s environment includes home, community, school. Literacy at Home The child’s value formation starts […]

Promoting and Fostering Literacy — Teaching Kit

How to Differentiate Process in Your Classroom —

Differentiating in the classroom is one of my passions. It is seriously one of my favourite parts about teaching – to get to really know my students and plan specifically for them. I love seeing students succeed and meet their own personal social, academic, or behaviour goals. Of course, when we discuss differentiation, there are […]

How to Differentiate Process in Your Classroom —

5 Challenges of Being an Online ESL Tutor

At the turn of the 21st century, most educators would have scoffed at the idea of online education taking over the conventional classroom. Driven by the Ed Tech revolution and other technological advancements in the field of communication, we are rapidly progressing towards an era where online education will be considered at par with, if not superior than, the traditional education system. Continue reading “5 Challenges of Being an Online ESL Tutor”

Teaching Tips for Future, Beginning, Mid Career and Old Timers! —

Finishing the year by sharing a very useful post for all my fellow teachers. Happy New Year, folks!

Today I am writing about being a teacher and thinking back on my career especially when it started. We go to college and learn our subject matter, take those fancy classes about classroom management, fundamentals of teaching and all those other elective classes to prepare to go conquer the world and be the best teacher we can possibly be.

Teaching Tips for Future, Beginning, Mid Career and Old Timers! —

How to avoid clichés in writing?

2020 has taken us through a roller coaster of emotions. Read that sentence again. Find anything odd?

Let me tell you what’s wrong with it:

a) It is probably one of the most ironic ways to describe a year where amusement parks were shut indefinitely due to COVID-19.

b) The pandemic has made most of 2020 a pretty mundane year where all days look the same. Something as fun and exciting as rollercoaster is not the best way to describe it.

c) A roller coaster of emotions is a cliche’! It is overused. It is boring. And it doesn’t even convey the incredibly tough year that 2020 has been for the mankind.

Without further ado(another cliche’), let’s discuss the meaning of the word ‘ cliche’.

What is a cliche’?

A cliche’ is an idiom or a phrase that has been used so often that it has lost its meaning or it doesn’t make sense in today’s context. For example: He went on and on like broken record is a cliche’ because it might not make sense to a young adult who has never seen or even heard of music records. In short, a cliche’ is a phrase that has been ‘done to death’.

Why to avoid cliche’?

  • It doesn’t add anything to the writing and readers generally look at cliches as padding.
  • It highlights the lack of creativity of writer to reuse old cliches.
  • It unnecessarily stretches your text and makes your writing look redundant.
  • It makes you sound ancient and makes it difficult for you to connect with readers.

Tips to avoid cliche’

  1. Keep your audience in mind while writing: Every writer who writes for a target audience tries to find a balance between his/her sensibilities and the sensibilities of their readers. One good way to avoid cliches is by reading your writing from your audiences’ perspective. If you feel a cliche’ will not resonate with your readers, you most probably should avoid it like a plague (just kidding).
  2. Choose the best possible way to convey your point: In general, people look at cliches as a flowery prose that doesn’t add anything significant to what the writer is trying to say. In a bid to tackle with short attention spans of readers, it is necessary to convey your point concisely. So every time, you’re allured to use cliches, ask yourself if this the best possible way to put across your point. And, more often than not, the answer would be no.
  3. Put a creative spin on old cliches to make them relevant: One of the biggest drawback of using old cliches is that it fails to connect with younger audiences. But if you just can’t avoid using cliches in your writing, try putting a creative spin on them to make them Relatble AF!
  4. Proofread meticulously: I can’t stress this enough!

Ever heard of a Science/Fiction Class?

There are two reasons why I am sharing this post:

  1. Interesting approach towards teaching
  2. The enthusiasm and engagement of students participating in this class.

I am the lucky bastard who gets to teach a class called Science/Fiction. And yes, I’m using that verb loosely. I’m a Chemistry professor, but my partner is an English professor. We’re working at making this a integrated, interdisciplinary experience. We have this notion we’re working from, an organizing principle we’re trying out… that science […]

What I learned teaching ‘Science/Fiction’ this week. — Acadammit!

The Idea of Banned Books and School Curriculum

Stumbled upon this amazing post that talks about censorship of literature in school curriculum and the futility of it. Do give it a read!

Hi Everyone! I grew up in Chicago, and I attended Catholic school from kindergarten to high school. It was a choice that my family made because the schooling system in Chicago is not the best, and they believed that I would receive a better education at a private school. Recently, I had a discussion with […]

The Idea of Banned Books and School Curriculum — A Million Lives Lived