One of the ways to make learning more effective is to transit from mechanical practice to more engagement with the target grammar or vocabulary focusing on the use of forms for students’ …



5 Meditation Tips for People Who Can’t Focus


Meditation is more than just a stress buster. New research shows it can help boost creativity; another review found it could reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and it could even improve decision making, in addition to a host of other health benefits.

But how can you embark on a serene course of meditation when you can barely quiet your multitasking brain long enough to finish tasks at home or at work? Here, five tips from meditation guru Amit Sood, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

Pick an activity that works for you

One assumption novices make is that you have to sit in a corner chanting “ommm” for meditation to work. But that’s a fallacy, says Dr. Sood. You can incorporate it into everyday activities, like your workout. If you’re running…

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The Etiquette of the Teacher by Imam Nawawi



An excerpt from the class from Sheikh Nuh Keller

Adab of the instructor

By Imam Nawawi Courtesy of Sheikh Nuh Keller

What a teacher should demand of himself:

1, that his teachings are exemplary of true Ikhlass (sincerity, purity)

Sheikh al Hashimi
once went to teach a lesson that he was supposed to teach in the Umayyad mosque in Damascus and no one came, so he opened his book and read the lesson aloud and when he finished he closed it and left. His intention to teach was for Allah Subhanawataala and no more.


One should remain occupied in your knowledge; one should stay engaged in knowledge.

Many Imams are engaged in their many duties and cannot enrich themselves with the knowledge.

3.Should not let Pride and status interfere in Learning from someone:

“One should not be too proud to learn from someone less in…

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GUIDELINES /ADVICE FROM SHAIKH SAADI (Author of Beneficial ways to have a happy life based on the Quran and Sunnah)TO HIS STUDENTS 

From: Al wasail mufeeda, lil hayatil saeeda ( Beneficial ways to have a happy life)

Author: Sheikh Saadi complete name: Abdur Rahman bin Nasir us Saadi. The SCHOLAR who wrote Tafseer Saadi (III volumes) He is Mufassir Quran.

Translation and discussion from Arabic into Urdu by Dr. Farhat Hashmi, translated in to English by yours truly below:


  1. A student should keep all the words of Allah and his Rasool (pbuh) as priority over all words from other sources, and those two will be his/her reference point and the gold standard for all facts and features.
  2. A student should strengthen his intention that he or she will keep the source of words of Allah and his Rasool as his base and foundation…

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How to Get in Shape Using Psychology: 6 New Tricks From Research


Why is there an obesity epidemic? It’s not because we eat the wrong things or we lack exercise.

Research shows that, plain and simple, most of us just eat too much:

Reported consumption increased by 268 calories for men and 143 calories for women between the two surveys. This increase is more than enough to explain the increase in steady-state weight… The available evidence suggests that calories expended have not changed significantly since 1980, while calories consumed have risen markedly.

That’s hardly shocking.

But what’s interesting is there’s a way to fix this that doesn’t involve exercise or being deprived of your favorite foods.

No, this is not some silly pitch for low carb, low fat, Crossfit or the magical supplement of the week. Actually, it’s about psychology.

Brian Wansink is a Cornell researcher who studies how we eat. He was appointed by the White House to head up…

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You Can’t Just Do It To Them

Pernille Ripp

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“Remember, whatever I ask you to do, I ask myself to do too.”

This is how almost any assignment is handed out in my classes.  Not to make the students feel better.  Not to make them embrace the assignment more quickly.  No, it is really quite simple; I have done the assignment already.   I have spent time doing the exact same thing, following the same directions, looked at the assessment and pondered how I would do.  Not when I was their age, not when I was in college, not even last year.  No the assignment I am asking them to do, I have done in the past few days as well as I prepared.

Why is this important?  Because every day we ask students to spend their time, whether in class or after school, doing work for us to show their mastery, to practice their skills…

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7 High-Protein Snacks You Can Eat on the Go


The difference between a snack that has staying power and one that leaves you hungry an hour later? Protein. This nutrient is a hunger-busting powerhouse because it slows digestion and keeps blood sugar steady, and research shows protein helps keep cravings at bay. “Protein can help you lose weight because it increases satisfaction, and when you feel satisfied from your eating plan, you’re better able to stick with it,” says Alexandra Oppenheimer, RD, of Ambitious & Nutritious. But it’s not like you can cook up a chicken breast and eat it in the car, so we’ve rounded up 7 protein-packed snacks that you can take with you anywhere.

Single-serve cottage cheese

Protein: 20 grams per 5-ounce serving

Think Greek yogurt is the be-all-end-all for high-protein dairy snacks? Think again: A single-serving container of nonfat cottage cheese boasts 3 grams more protein than a typical serving of Greek yogurt and is…

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