Challenges for educators - What must be done-Final

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What must be done?:

What must be done? Define your goal

Change your perspective:

The child is the MOST IMPORTANT person in your equation – not the school owner, not the teacher, not even the parent Children are human, can think, decide, know what is best for them and must be involved in all decision making Treat children as equals – not as children Change your perspective This will be the single most important and most difficult change you will ever make

Case Study:

Arunachalam Higher Secondary School – Thiruvattar (near Marthandam ) 1990-92 1200 students, 75 staff Losing students and teaching positions due to bad results and worse discipline Turned around to being the best school in KK District and 2 nd in Tamilnadu Case Study


Solution? Holistic integrated teaching

Key to education: Make them want to do it themselves:

Key to education: Make them want to do it themselves

21st Century Leadership:

21 st Century Leadership To help them to thrive in a world we know nothing about

If a system is to be judged by its results, what should we say about our education system looking at its result – our society?:

If a system is to be judged by its results, what should we say about our education system looking at its result – our society?

Leadership through Faith Education:

Leadership through Faith Education What it is and what it can do

Faith education:

Based on two principles: Responsibility for what you hold in trust Accountability to One from whom nothing is hidden Our global problems today are not due to lack of resources but lack of accountability Faith education The cure for that is faith

Responsibility :

Accepting responsibility for others, adds value to us. After all that is what we seek all through our careers Enables us to rise above our base desires and invokes the best in us Is the only way to leave a legacy of honor Responsibility It takes courage to accept responsibility


To the One who we represent – and to Whom is our return To the One who will reward those who fulfill their duty To the One from Whom nothing is hidden Accountability WiiFM is a station everyone listens to

What we need:

What we need When was the last time that you rewarded a student for disagreeing with you?

What we produce:

What we produce We reward compliance and punish questioning

What we must encourage:

What we must encourage But we demand conformity and punish diversity Curiosity Imagination Creativity

What we must do:

What we must do But we dampen and sedate Stimulate Provoke Engage


How? Recognize the problem and seek solutions

O! Teacher, stop teaching:

O! Teacher, stop teaching And start learning

Monitor yourself daily:

Monitor yourself daily Start discovering, learning, enjoying. Start appreciating that the child is the best thing that happened to you and every single day try to become the best thing that happens to him or her. ‘If you want to know what someone values, see what they measure.’ ~ Mikel Harry (Motorola, 6 – Sigma Quality)

You’re ushers – not teachers:

You’re ushers – not teachers Teachers must never teach. They must be like ushers in a vast museum, walking quietly with their students tiptoeing behind them, opening one door after another – letting them take a peek – and then handing them the key to the door so that they can come back and explore in detail. Is every day exciting?

Give them the keys:

Give them the keys The teacher then takes them to another door for another peek and another key. See ?? Imagine how exciting that is for the child!  The teacher’s job is to give them the keys. Teaching is about asking questions – and teaching them to ask questions .

Ask questions:

Ask questions Reward the best question The teacher who gives answers has failed. So never do that. Let them find the answers and be prepared for answers you didn’t ever think about The best question is the one that left you speechless

It’s not about today:

It’s not about today Teaching is about keeping the excitement of learning alive all lifelong .

Integrated Teaching:

Integrated Teaching A brief glimpse

Here’s how to do it:

Here’s how to do it Take the hand of a 4 year old and lead the whole group to a tree. Then sit down under the tree and tell them, ‘Let me see who can get me a perfect leaf of this tree.’ When they all come back, brimming with joy at their perfect finds – ask them if all the leaves are the same, even though they came from the same tree?

Then ask them…:

Then ask them… Let them marvel at the fact that they are all leaves from the same tree but each is different. Ask them, ‘Why do you think this happens? What is Allah ﷻ saying to us?’ Faith is not rules but to see the Creator in His creation

Then let them feel…:

Then let them feel… Then pull out a seed of the tree you are sitting under from your pocket. S how them the seed and let them all (every one of them) hold the seed in their hand and explore it, texture, shape, color and so on.

Open the door….:

Open the door…. Give them crayons and paper and let them draw the seed. Give them a few more so that everyone has their own seed. When they have drawn the seed, tell them, ‘Now look at the tree. Did you realize that this tree was inside this seed? Can you draw the tree inside your seed?’ Let them do that.

Teach genetics to 4 year olds:

Teach genetics to 4 year olds Then tell them about genetics – yes to four year olds – and explain how the tree was inside the seed until Allah ﷻ ordered it to come out. Explain the whole process of germination and growth. Draw lessons from each step and show them the glory of Allah ﷻ .   Explain how we are all similar

Do you really want to teach?:

Do you really want to teach? Of course that will make your own role as teacher much harder but also much more fun. To be on top of the game you have to read and prepare @ 1:4 – one hour of teaching to 4 hours of preparation. That’s why you need passion

Teaching is about learning. :

Teaching is about learning. The kids will come back with answers to the questions you planted in their minds. You will need patience and tact and wisdom to deal with some of them. But you will have the joy of learning, of having doors opened for you where you didn’t know there were doors. Be prepared to be astonished & transformed

Bring the Qur’an alive:

Bring the Qur’an alive Integrated teaching

Qur’anic method:

Qur’anic method إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لآيَاتٍ لِّأُوْلِي الألْبَابِ الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىَ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَذا بَاطِلاً سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ Allah  said وَيَتَفَكَّرُون

Qur’anic method:

Qur’anic method A’al Imraan 3:190. Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for people of understanding. 191 . Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, AND think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Rabb! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted are You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire .” Allah  used AND

Why this method?:

Why this method? Islam recognizes that all knowledge is from Allah ﷻ and that the purpose of Islamic education is to connect the people to Allah ﷻ .   So there’s no disconnect between Islam and science and modern education Provided it is taught holistically integrated

Integrated Holistic Teaching:

Connectivity: Show links between subjects Utility: Show how these apply in real life Curiosity: Raise questions Integrated Holistic Teaching

Class Room:

Students of multiple ages Several teachers – subject wise + class teacher Self-learning and discovery Teachers provide support only Class Room

Project: Oceans:

Project: Oceans Biology: Marine plants & animals Physics: Displacement floats ships Chemistry: Why is sea water salty? Geography: Navigation, Orienteering, sailing, Qibla History: Maritime history of nations, colonial domination, Muslim Mariners Trade: Routes, goods, cultural & population change Tafseer: Qur’anic Ayaat relating to Oceans Fiqh: Mathaa’il related to sea water, food, travel etc. Hadith: Ahadith related to the sea Living knowledge to be applied in context

Two Oceans:

Two Oceans وَهُوَ الَّذِي مَرَجَ الْبَحْرَيْنِ هَذَا عَذْبٌ فُرَاتٌ وَهَذَا مِلْحٌ أُجَاجٌ وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَهُمَا بَرْزَخًا وَحِجْرًا مَّحْجُورًا Furqan 25: 53. And it is He Who has let free the two seas (kinds of water), one palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter, and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them. How does this happen and where?

Project: Mountains:

Project: Mountains Geology: Isostacy of mountains: Stabilizing effect Geography: How mountains effect climate Biology: Mountain flora & fauna History: How mountains affected history of nations Tafsir : Ayaat related to mountains Seerah: Mountain of Uhud Hadith: Ahadith related to mountains Draw lessons to connect to Allah  & Aakhira

Did we ask?:

Did we ask? Why pegs? Where is this wall between the seas? Do we know this even now? Why not?

Big Question:

Big Question Who knew about all this first? But who took the trouble to look for them in the universe?

What if?:

What if? It had been we, who showed the world the signs of Allah ?

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