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Student Reflections pdf worksheet

Bismillah,

Here is the student reflection sheet I created and used in the first lesson back in Term 2. It is helpful to get children to reflect on their learning style, pace and progress.

Here is the pdf worksheet. I hope you find it a useful resource for your class insha Allah!

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Reflections on Term 1

Bismillah,

I usually dedicate the month of December to reflecting over the year that is leaving and planning for the coming one in whatever capacity I can. From September 2014, I started teaching teenage Muslim girls at Al Barakah school in London. I wouldn’t have considered this a BIG step had I not been commissioned by the school to design the advanced Arabic textbooks and to draft out their curriculum. I am now piloting the scheme in my classes and the books will be available in the UK market in about 2 years time insha Allah.

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Qur’anic Arabic workbooks for Year 8, 9 and 10 (Term 1)

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I am someone who has always lived life based on 5 year plans (as soon as I could make them lol). I’ve now reduced my planning to just 1 year but alhamdolillah I have always kept the long term big picture in mind – so it’s not too bad. This adjustment has also impacted the way I approach most things now. I’m less of a planner and now much more into taking spontaneous decisions, a change which has positively affected my teaching style. I mention this because I’m designing my life based on my Core Desired Feelings. And of course Arabic Adventures comes into it. [Look out for a separate post on this coming soon insha Allah].

So here is a blog post on reflections of my teaching in Term 1:

Praising and encouraging the girls: I dislike praising children insincerely and for every little thing. Unfortunately, the girls are used to a praise burger delivered to them on a daily basis in their schools. So when they don’t hear praise from me it is a disappointment to them. This term I started off being stingy with praise but half way through realised everybody needs encouragement and that has made all the difference. A kind word has changed the most naughty student to a teacher’s pet and it’s been a real lesson for me.

One activity: The day I used just one activity in about 4 different ways turned out to be a really good lesson. It definitely saved a lot of precious time during the week designing, cutting, gluing and laminating. Tasks  I often end up having to delegate to family members. Lessons don’t have to be a series of  new activities changed every 10 minutes.

Gifts: I think I could’ve given out more sweets or small presents during the term to motivate them. I can’t quite explain how much the girls love receiving things. I think for Term 2, I’ll buy a packet of sweets to hand out for good work every 2 weeks insha Allah. Gifts and praise should not be reserved only for those girls who achieve 100% on their Arabic tests – that attitude only comes from a skewed understanding of “success”. I’m also building their shakhsiyah (character) so anytime they display kindness, strong will, dedication, concentration, honesty, politeness and other good qualities the girls deserve to have that noticed and celebrated.

My diet: I’m used to short intense terms and then periods of rest which has been my schedule for the last 4 years. The 1st term at Al Barakah this year was exceptionally long and I crashed at the end. Mini crash. I am a bit of a workaholic with an inability to switch my mind off but I know it wasn’t so much the length of the term as it was the fact that I am on a diet (medical reasons). Being on such a strict diet has left me pretty tired, grouchy, emotional yet elated and hopeful. As I will continue for another 6 months at least on this diet, it’ll be useful to create strategies to deal with the situation adequately. I  want the girls to leave Saturday school with a positive image of Islam and that image is firstly shaped by their teacher: Moi 🙂

Lesson Objectives: Earlier in the term, I would attempt to teach  a new grammar concept, review the tafsir, do handwriting practise, play a game, revie old material all in one lesson. As I got used to teaching full time, it’s getting easier to tone down my enthusiasm  (lol)  and focus on one thing for each class. If the lesson objective is to review Surah keywords then I need to build all activities geared towards achieving this goal.

Best moment of Term 1:

Getting the girls to do a live talk show in pairs in front of their peers about the Tafsir of two of the Surahs they had learnt . The girls are so creative and incredibly funny mashallah. I am glad I was able to build their public speaking skills through Qur’anic Arabic and still make it a fun and humorous activity. Alhamdolillah.

My first term has been enjoyable and an eye opening one for sure. I’ve learnt so much about my self and my teaching style and I definitely want to make Term 2 even better insha Allah. I was assessed by the Head of Arabic, Teacher trainer and the Co-ordinator for the teaching assistant and I have noted down all their feedback. When the school has pushed me a little, I am glad I have been able to push back defend my ideas and be able to listen to their feedback and mold it into the vision that I have for my Arabic classes.

As for where Arabic Adventures, my blog is heading. I have a few ideas but I still need to flesh out a out year plan for it. Lot of exciting things to come insha Allah!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, for viewing and downloading the resources and for following me on this blog and my Pinterest page.

Barakallahu feekum,

Hiba Mohamad  

World Arabic Language Day 2014

Bismillah,

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Happy World Arabic Language Day dear Arabic Adventures blog fans!

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It has been observed annually on December 18th since 2010 and was established by UNESCO to promote equal use of all 6 of its official working languages and to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity.

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Suggested reading:

A good piece summarising the need for such a day, the need to demarginalise Arabic and the place of Arabic in the past and the present. Arabic is worth celebrating, even as it is threatened by ‘Arabish’

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Arabic comprehension exercise: Text on World Arabic Language Day and q/a to test understanding. Recommended for Intermediate students of Arabic.

Thoughtful reflections on this day. Must read! World Arabic Language Day: Challenges and opportunities

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Qur’anic Arabic resource site. Access to Qur’anic Arabic page.

Happy reading!

HM

Arabic root words activity

Bismillah,

Here’s another activity to review the Arabic root word system and the concept that words are created out of three root letters (basic level understanding).

Arabic Verb Roots activity pdf

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Present Tense Arabic activity

Bismillah,

Here is an activity to review the Present Tense in Arabic. The girls will get to a stage inshallah where they will be able to translate conjugated verbs like this. Here is the pdf to use in your classroom.

Arabic Present Tense activity pdf

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I hoe you find this activity useful insha Allah. Any comments or suggestions are most welcome! Please like the Arabic adventures FB page. Thank you!

HM

Arabic verb roots activity

Bismillah,

The latest grammar rule I introduced to the Year 8s was the Arabic verb root system. Telling them that if they learnt this correctly, they would know 50% of Arabic seemed to do the trick. For me to have even gotten their attention after teaching them 6 grammar rules already was a massive deal. But Allah made things easy for me alhamdolillah!

I introduced the 3 Arabic verb roots as 3 roots of a tree. The fruit the tree has are the words that can be made out of the three roots. Obviously, it will take many more lessons to even get 50% of the class to grasp this weird and wonderful language concept.

Here is an activity I created to help the girls grasp an idea that we talked about related to the Arabic verb system: words are created using the three root letters and additional letters.

Facebook Arabic verb root system activity pdf

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I hope you enjoy using this activity with your class insha Allah!

HM

Surah al-Burooj Arabic cartoon

Bismilla

Next term, my year 9 class will be studying Surah al-Burooj as one of their Surahs for the term.

I came across the Arabic cartoon that I used to watch as a child that explained the story of أصحاب الاخدود (Ashab al-Ukhdood). At the time, I understood very basic Arabic but loved to listen to the language. I think I might send the link to my class to watch in their own time.

I just wish the video was translated. If you do comeacross a subtitled version of this on Youtube, please le me know, so I can update this page insha Allah.

HM