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Motivation

Bismillah,

After a break of three weeks, I’m ready to start posting on the site again. I’ve been busy designing the third part to the Qur’anic Arabic books for Al Barakah school. As we near the end of our second term, motivation is something that begins to wane as the students (and sometimes teachers) get into holiday mode.  I came across a lovely motivational reminder for students that someone had created for their maths class, so I thought why not create one along similar lines for my Arabic students.

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 Once I hand it out, I will of course talk through each point and discuss with the girls. The point referring to “techniques” refers to for example our lesson spent on figuring out their preferred and more useful learning techniques to memorise Arabic vocabulary. Each student discovered whether they were visual, auditory or a  kinaesthetic learner. So this point will encourage them to keep using the techniques that they have discovered works best for them.

Please feel free to download and share for yourself, children and classes. Jzk.

 HM

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)

Me + Planning

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  

Surah al-Ghashiyah Dominoes Game

Bismillah,

Here is the dominoes game version for Surah al-Ghashiyah. This is to help review vocabulary.

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Surah al-Ghashiyah dominoes game pdf

Have fun!

HM

Early Years Arabic: The Bingo Bismillah game

Bismillah,

Bingo Game

Laminate the sheets with letters (start with sheets with foll form and then work your way to the broken letters and end up with joint letters). The teacher calls out a letter and they find it and circle it on their sheets using whiteboard pens which can then be wiped and reused. At the end the class shouts out “Bingo Bismillah” together 🙂

bingo game

HM

Early Years Arabic: Match the letters

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Match the broken letters to the full form letter:

The children can get used to working out the broken letters by matching them to the full form letter. Laminate the sheet to keep it safe and usable for many years to come.

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Early years Arabic: Lollipop stick game

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A fellow Arabic teachers of the younger years at our Islamic Saturday school has shared many of her ideas and games with me on how to teach and review the Arabic alphabets.

Here is the Lollipop sticks game:

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This game is a fun way to reinforce the learning of new letters. The children are given lollipop sticks with letters (laminated and velcroed) on them corresponding to the letters they are learning that week; eg: ba, ta, tha. The teacher calls out a letter and they lift the stick they think is correct.

Assessment 2

Bismillah,

Here is Assessment 2 which will be used for this coming Saturday insha Allah. The first assessment was the keywords crosswords which can be found in the other posts.

This assessment tests: The definite article and detached pronouns.

Here is the free pdf of Assessment 2: definite article detached pronouns.

Assessment 2 definite article detached pronouns-page-001Let me know if you found this useful by leaving a comment below.

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HM