How to Give Feedback Effectively to Parents Without Getting Too Critical

How to Give Feedback Effectively to Parents Without Getting Too Critical

How to Give Feedback Effectively to Parents Without Getting Too Critical

Mathletics works with its award-winning education resources to support home educators, help learners learn purposefully and create an engaging learning experience for them. Feedback is an important part of the learning imparted through the resources offered by Mathletics. Urban centres such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in UAE and other Middle-Eastern countries including GCC have several educators who actively benefit from the extremely usable and helpful online resources.

Since feedback is the information about reactions of a person’s performance which can be used as a basis for improvement. It is important for any kind of work as it helps with understanding the right way of doing something so you can be as successful as possible in the work you undertake. It is very important to provide feedback in a positive manner to ensure your message is not misinterpreted.

Keep it to the point: Providing feedback that is useful to the parents and the student is important. Vague comments such as “Can do much better” and “Needs work” won’t make a difference and will be of no use unless you talk about the things, he/she has done wrong or right and what needs to be done to get it right.

Keep your feedback fresh

Be sure to give immediate feedback. Giving feedback immediately is far more useful than giving it after days, weeks or months. Parents may give more importance to the feedback if it is in relation to something that is fresh in their minds. They will be able to better understand and work better on it. So, always give immediate feedback whenever it is possible.

Explain the use of what you’re teaching with regards to their child’s aim in life

Oftentimes parents tend to think certain aspects of the curriculum wasteful in relation to what they want to achieve in life. For example, a student wanting to pursue athleticism may not see the use of a subject such as Music. You must explain to them the benefits of Music some being decreased cortisol (stress hormone), improves sleep quality and an elevation of mood among others.

Keep the parents involved

It is important to keep parents in the loop as to what goes at school and how their child fares in day to day activities and academics. The more the educator shares, the better the parent knows which is beneficial to both, the student and the parents. When parents know of this information, it is easier to understand the process of learning. Informing them of the ways their child is studying, learning, growing and researching is of utmost importance. It helps them to know their child better and the mistakes he/she makes which will also further help them in coming up with ways to avoid repeating those mistakes.

Confer with the parents thoughtfully

Be careful and conscious of what you say to the parents about their child. A poorly stated feedback can create more problems than it can solve. Parents may be inclined to think of a teacher as being unprofessional if the feedback is not presented well. Be sure to not let the parents think of your feedback as a way to criticize their child. This may render them defensive.

Avoid their perception of your feedback as a way to spark competition between the students. Do not be too strict with the student or it may lead to him disliking the idea of learning which may seem worrisome to the parents and leave them puzzled and unable to understand. To avoid any such misunderstanding or unwanted circumstances, assure the parents that the only competition is with oneself and not each other.

Be prepared and open minded about receiving feedback from the parents

It is a valued trait in an educator when they take note of what the students have to say about their teacher. In most cases, children find it much easier to talk to their parents about unfulfilling things at school, this may include things from students to teachers. Parents may look forward to addressing these issues with their teacher. In such instances, listening with patience and an open mind is important as it will help you understand what works in your teaching style for the student and what doesn’t and you work on these things for a smoother teaching experience for yourself and the student. This way, a trust will build between the teacher and student.

These tips will help you become better at dealing with situations where not only must you think of the student but also the parents. A job well done by the student is all that is desired by both sides and following these tips, it may be easier to achieve that common goal. Feedback, when received and given properly and skilfully, can help garner information that is vital to the development of the student and the teacher.

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Age-appropriate Puzzles for Kids: A Good Brain-boosting Experience

Age-appropriate Puzzles for Kids: A Good Brain-boosting Experience

Age-appropriate Puzzles for Kids: A Good Brain-boosting Experience

Are you planning to buy a puzzle set for your kid? If yes, then don’t have any second thoughts. There are some enormous benefits of buying puzzle for your kid. Schools in Middle East including Dubai, UAE, and many other countries recommend purchasing puzzle for preschoolers, as well as elementary-school goers, as it has many benefits. After all, if these benefits will help your child in developing his/her skills, increase memory-power and improve alertness, then you shouldn’t think too much about getting a puzzle.

Here are the benefits that kids earn by solving puzzles-

Learn Quickly

Puzzles tend to help children grasp and learn quickly. You might wonder, “How is that possible?” Well, to answer your question – when your kid tries to figure out how to make the puzzle, they tend to look at the bigger picture and this helps them understand and learn things quickly.

Increases Creativity

Whenever you notice your child feeling bored or wanting to try something new, you can give them a puzzle set and set a timer for fun. They will not just find it interesting but it also increases creativity as your child looks for different ways to make the puzzle.

Solves Problems

Joining puzzles helps your child, to learn problem-solving at an early age. As they tend to look for ways to solve the puzzle by connecting all the pieces one-by-one. This makes them subconsciously aware of problem-solving and how to not give-up easily.

Teaches Patience

Solving puzzles is likely to teach your kid to stay patient and it helps them understand that there’s no point in rushing or being impatient unnecessarily. It also develops their memory. Patience helps children control their emotions and instead spend their energy on more productive pursuits.

Helps in Coordination

Another plus point of joining puzzle pieces together is that it helps your child in hand and eye coordination. As they immerse themselves into the puzzle, the brain develops better understanding of spatial awareness, at the same time. Thus, it results in better coordination and turns out to be helpful.

Puzzles have a wide range of variety available. So, you can choose your child’s favorite cartoon character like Tom and Jerry or any other Animal Puzzles to teach them about the categorization of animals into domestic, wild, and farm that exist. You can also pick number puzzles and alphabet puzzles.

There are puzzles designed for all age-group children and they differ in the level of proficiency from beginner to intermediate. For 3-6-year-old kids, puzzles are very easy and designed on a basic level because they are just learning and have started to discover about jigsaw pieces. There are basic puzzles on shapes, pattern or letters for this age group as they are still learning.

For 6-9-year-olds the level is slightly challenging but it’s not too difficult. They might take a while to get used to it. With time and practice, your child will learn to freely rotate and join the puzzles. It might seem difficult at first but they will love to solve it once they start understanding how it’s done. There are math puzzles, pyramid puzzles, etc. for this age group children.

The degree of solving puzzles varies from child to child. So, if your child is new to the world of puzzles then try not to pressurize them and let me develop a good amount of understanding to solve the puzzle first. Once the child develops an understanding, they can even solve 250-300 pieces puzzle easily. It’s just a matter of time and level of proficiency. From problem-solving to hand-eye coordination, puzzles help in developing major skills. It’s definitely worth purchasing for your child.

Reading Eggs is a popular brand that sells reading books, workbooks, book bundles and puzzles available in GCC and all over the Middle East. They are all designed by experienced educators to help children improve their skills. They have alphabet puzzles for beginners and puzzle books that include rhyming puzzles for children who are more experienced in solving them.

So, are you ready to sign up for a fun-filled experience for your child? If yes, then look no further because this is the best purchase that you will ever make. You can check out Reading Egg’s website and place your order.

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Attributes for Designing an Effective Exam Question Paper

Attributes for Designing an Effective Exam Question Paper

Attributes for Designing an Effective Exam Question Paper

Students are often tired or bored when it comes to preparing for exams. However, it’s the only way through which the teachers can evaluate how much and how well did the students grab and learn from the subjects. It helps teachers to understand the level of proficiency of the students.

Setting question papers might seem like a huge task as teachers have to strike a balance between setting a good paper and make sure that all the students can perform well or at a satisfactory level.

It is advisable to keep the below-mentioned points in mind when designing an effective exam question paper –

Must include Important topics

As a tutor, whatever you feel is the most important part of the subjects that have been taught to the students, must be asked in the question paper. It will make you gauge if the students were able to understand and remember properly or not. The important topics cover a major part of the chapters so it’s best to include questions related to them.

Spread Awareness

To see how students are creative or can keep up with the different situation, frame some questions that will bring awareness to the community. For example, you can include a question that asks ‘how would you spread awareness about recycling in your community’. This will help them to think about such situations and how to deal with them.

Have Realistic Expectations

Involve questions that even an average student can answer. The questions shouldn’t be too tough to answer because then students who lag in a particular subject may not be able to answer the tough questions or earn sufficient score to pass the test. So, it is significant to have realistic expectations regardless of your students’ grade in school. Many IB school teachers in the Middle East including Dubai, make use of a standardized ‘question bank’ for this purpose.

Prepare a Marking Scheme

You shouldn’t give fewer marks for the same mistakes. It’s very much known for a fact that if a student makes a mistake in one answer then it is likely to be repeated in the next answer as well. They shouldn’t be given fewer marks for it time and again. Also, include notes next to the marks so that the students know the exact reason behind them. This way, they can remember what mistakes were made by them and they will try to not repeat those mistakes.

Don’t be too Strict

If a student has scored fewer marks in the exam then they should be able to cover it up with assignments and projects. You need to understand that some students aren’t able to perform well due to anxiety and pressure of doing well in the exams. You can give some grace marks to the students for attempting the exam. Nowadays marks can be covered in project work and class presentations. Most schools use a 60-40% approach where 40% is allocated to class-work activities.

Transparent Marking Criteria

The students should know exactly why they have scored good marks or fewer marks. Let them know by including it on the question paper and explaining what’s the criteria and how will mark them.

Understand Student’s Perspective

It is very important to understand the student’s perspective too. You might have asked the question with a different intention but they might’ve interpreted it differently. So, it’s essential to try and understand their perspective.

Markezy is a brand that has helped teachers to set effective question papers and evaluate the answers from the students. It is easily accessible in UAE, GCC and other Middle Eastern countries. It has been very effective and can be used anytime, anywhere. The best part is that the written assessments can be scanned easily into the Markezy system using any scanner.

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Simple Science Experiments to Amuse Kids at Home

Simple Science Experiments to Amuse Kids at Home

Simple Science Experiments to Amuse Kids at Home

Science is all around us. It’s in our homes, it’s in the garden, and even in the food we eat. Science is important to all living beings. This subject is further branched out into different streams. A few of the most common ones that are touched upon in Schools are; physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science. Few other science sub-categories include; microbiology, botany, space science, geology, oceanology, and genetics.

Though learning science formula and definitions from textbooks is beneficial, children understand the concept more thoroughly when they get to undertake hands-on experiments. Carolina provides schools in the UAE, GCC including Dubai and all over the world pre-defined science kits which include living organisms, microscopes, and even laboratory chemicals, amongst other materials. Since the recent pandemic has left us no option but to be homebound, the teaching-learning process from the school’s elaborate science labs has been disrupted. But as the saying goes, the show must go on and so must education. Here are a few simple science experiments that parents can try out with their little enthusiastic learners at home:

Travelling Colors

This sounds like an unheard-of activity! How on earth can colors travel? However, it is a must try and we promise your little ones are going to thank you for showing them true colorful magic. For this experiment you need 6 transparent jars and some food color. Squirt some yellow food color into the first jar, red food color into the third jar, and blue food color in the fifth one. The other jars do not have any food color added to them. Add 3/4th amount of water only to the jars that have food color and leave the other jars empty as usual. Now take six strips of paper towel and fold them length-wise. The tissues must fit into its own jar and the adjacent jar, like a chain. So basically, the tissues will pass through all jars alternating with the colored water one and the empty besides it. Now sit back and observe. You will see that the color is travelling through the tissue paper forming a colorful blend like a rainbow. This happens due to the capillary action which gives water the ability to flows upwards against gravity in tight spaces. This is exactly how water climbs through the roots of plants to reach the leaves. Now that’s indeed interesting!

Lustrous Coins

Everyone loves to marvel the lustre on shinny coins in a box. However, with time the shine fades away and they turn rusty with a brownish yukky coating over it. Can these copper faded coins retain its shine and look like brand new once again? Why don’t you try out this experiment and find out for yourself! Take two cups and place one old coin in each of them. In the first cup add vinegar such that the coin is covered in the liquid. In the second cup add soap water over the coin. Wait for a couple of minutes. Now remove the coin and rinse it under water. Then dry it with a paper towel and observe the two coins. When the copper of the coins reacts with oxygen, copper oxide is formed which dulls the spark on the coins. The acetic acid in vinegar dissolves the chemicals and leaves the coins looking as shiny as it were brand new. If you stay in the Middle East get your hands on an old 1 UAE dirham coin and get started!

Sink vs. Float

This is an amusing experiment that kids love trying their hands on. Take a tub of water and fill it with water, around three-fourths. Ask your child to go treasure hunting and pick up objects on their way. Give them a cloth bag to place different things like; coin, pencil, stones, twigs, rubber duck, ball, spoon, and other such objects found easily at home and in the neighborhood. Now encourage the student to drop the object one-by-one in the tub and notice what happens. Explain to them why certain objects sink and why others float. Tell them heavy things usually sink and light things float. Let them watch a video of how ships float on water and explain that when the weight force of the object is balanced by the upward push of water, things float and don’t sink.

Now its your turn to pick and try! We are sure your smart little learners are in for some awesome fun time. We promise they are going to ask for more such experiments.

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How to Teach Children About Computers

How to Teach Children About Computers

How to Teach Children About Computers

Kids are being introduced to technology and are learning about computers at a very tender age. Children as young as 3 – 4 years step into the computer labs introduced to them by their preschool teachers. When was the first time you discovered the parts of a computer? Maybe in your middle school grade!

Technology is changing rapidly and its usage is more rampant than ever before. Even an infant is put to sleep with songs played by Alexa on Amazon’s cloud-based voice service device. EdTech companies are changing the way schools’ function and Smart Home technology is slowly enveloping home owners in the lap of luxury.

By the time children enter preschool a majority of them are able to navigate through apps on a smartphone device or an iPad.

Teach Children how to Take Care of Computers

Start by teaching children that computers and laptops must be handled carefully. Ask them how to not spill water or food over these electronic devices and how to pack them safely when not in use and store it in a case. Name all the hardware devices until they learn to recognize the mouse/mousepad, screen, keys, and CPU of desktop computers. Demonstrate how to clean & dry one’s hands before using these devices. Offer a word of caution while plugging-in the charger into the electrical socket and advise them to ask for help from an adult while turning on switches.

Navigation with Mouse

After children have learnt and understood how to take care of their electronic devices, proceed to explain how to switch-on the laptop or a desktop. Children should be aware where the power button is and by watching you turn-on the device a couple of times, they will get the hang of how this function works. Now that the amusing master machine is unleashed to your children, it’s time to explore! Show them the mouse and point out to the left and right click, as well as the scroller in the middle. Demonstrate how using the mouse, helps the cursor to move about on the screen. Explain what the arrow means and when the arrow turns into a pointed finger. Now let the learners try their hands at moving the cursor with the help of a mouse. Modify the speed of the mouse to a slower pace, so that they don’t get intimidated and wonder where the cursor arrow disappeared. Since children are in the process of developing their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and movement of the wrist, don’t expect them to be champs at navigating the mouse pointer.

Browsing Through Basic Applications

To explain the true utility of computers, it is necessary to witness getting work done. So, open a few basic apps such as paint, or a gaming application, or even play their favorite nursery rhyme. Now let them try their hands at opening and closing applications. Don’t restrict them, just let them explore by themselves. In the Middle East, especially in Dubai, TechnoKids has made learning of computer basics more engaging. The TechnoBasics curriculum is designed to enable educators to not only teach correctly, but also test the student’s knowledge through structurally planned assessment modules. A few topics that are covered under TechnoBasics are; What are computers? Getting to Know the Mouse. What is input and output? Computer rules and Spy apps. And there are more such topics, on similar lines.


Familiarization with Keyboard

Let children observe the keyboard and point out to the section which has letters and the other sections which have numbers and arrows. Open a word document and encourage students to type out CVC words and 1 to 10 numbers. The TechnoLetters module by TechnoKids solves dual purposes. First it helps children identify the letters on their screens and then type out the corresponding letter to match what they see. Most schools in GCC, including the UAE have found it beneficial for children to practice their computer skills on the TechnoKids software which is integrated in the school’s computer lab.


As the saying goes, catch them young is actually true when it comes to teaching your kids the basic computer literacy. No matter what profession they choose, the understanding of computers is going to help them excel. However, a word of caution! Do not leave your child with the computer unattended. Always be there to monitor their activities.

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