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A Sound Vision Newsletter Helping Teachers to Connect & Share January 18 , 2012
Using Games To Teach Arabic Language

Using Games To Teach Arabic Language 11 Game Ideas for Arabic Class
By Suzan Anbari

Learning and teaching Arabic language is hard work. Constant effort is required over an extensive period of time for the language to stick in the minds of young ones. Games help and encourage many learners to sustain their interest and work.

When students are amused and engaged the content is clearly meaningful to them. Thus the meaning of the language they listen to, read, speak and write will be more vividly experienced and, therefore, better retained.

Through many years of teaching in the weekend schools, I observed numerous advantages of using games in the classroom. Here are some that I share with you. Read More >

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Duas for Knowledge

There are several beautiful Duas that we as educators should, not only know by heart, but also, teach to our students. This will help students understand the balance between personal effort to study and depending on Allah for understanding & benefit from the knowledge. Here is one Dua to try:

Allahumma infanee bimaa allamtanee wa allimnee ma yanfa-unee.

(Oh Allah! Make useful for me what You taught me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me)

Divine Guidance for Educators

You are so fortunate to be a teacher! Every good and useful information that you teach your students and they are inspired to implement in their lives, you will continue to reap the rewards of their practice after you leave this world. If you leave behind an institution that disseminates beneficial knowledge, it will be a source of perpetual reward for you in the Hereafter. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, explains:

"If the son of Adam dies, all his works are stopped except three: A charity that is continuous, useful knowledge (that benefits others) or a righteous child who supplicates for him." [Muslim]

Time Saving Tips

At the beginning of the year, assign each student a number which corresponds to the number in your roll book. (Roll books usually numbered lines for students' names.) Instruct students to put their numbers (along with their names) on their papers. Then, when you collect the papers, simply have one student put them in numerical order. Marking grades in the book then becomes a snap because you are not jumping from name to name trying to find a particular student.


50 Opportunities to Say "You're Terrific"

Create a positive environment and reinforce good behavior by praising your students for:

21. Good effort on an assignment
22. Assisting a new students
23. Sharing school experiences with parents
24. Making up missed assignments
25. Making a new friend
26. Good effort on a long-term project
27. Sharing
28. Being sensitive to others' feelings
29. Learning a new skill
30. Appropriate use of school property

Stay tuned for more in the next issue...

Source: Lee Canter & Associates-1992 ================


Computers & Language: An Educator’s Guide Computers & Language:
An Educator’s Guide

By Shehnaz Toorawa

Whether you teach English, Arabic, Geography or Math, you can integrate computer activities into any subject. Opportunities and ideas for creative activities abound.

The benefits? Students build computer skills while they learn the content and, most importantly, they enjoy the process.  Computer activities mesh easily into language learning and provide numerous benefits. Read More >

How to Develop Intelligence-Friendly Schools How to Develop Intelligence-Friendly Schools
By Robin Fogarty

An intelligence-friendly school is a place where the teaching and learning process involve developing the intellectual potential of students.

In this series, every month we discuss guidelines and strategies to create intelligence-friendly classrooms:

3- Teach the Mind-Tools and Skills of Life.

Teaching the skills of life involves both mind and body “tools” that range from communication and social skills, to the micro-skills of thinking and reflecting, to the technological skills needed for the Information Age, to the skills needed for solving algebraic equations or programming computers, and even to the skills needed to learn craft or participate in athletics.

More specifically, these skills might include critical thinking skills (e.g. prioritizing, comparing, and judging), creative thinking skills (e.g. inferring, predicting, and generalizing). social skills (e.g. communicating, team building, leading, and resolving conflicts), technological skils (e.g. keyboarding, surfing the Net, and taking virtual field trips), visual skills (e.g. painting, sculpting, and drawing), skills in the performing arts (e.g. dancing, acting and playing musical instrument), and skill of the elite athlete (e.g. diving, skiing, and swimming).

Stay tuned for more in the next issue...

Robin Fogarty has taught all levels, from kindergarten through college. A native of Chicago, she trains teachers around the world in cognitive strategies and cooperative interaction. She is the author of Ten Things New Teachers Need to Succeed, among other books.

MyClassroomMyClassroom: Creating Great Energy in the Classroom:
  • Create lessons that take into account the different leaning styles of each student. Lessons should inspire a sense of curiosity, interest and excitement.
  • Present classroom material in a variety of formats, such as: demonstrations, guest speakers, hands-on practice, experiments, mechanical instruction, computers and model building. Use games to defocus the learning process and produce stress-free learning.
  • Whenever possible, work with students in less traditional environments: take field trips, use other parts of the school and the community as a place to learn.
  • Have students work in teams. Students can do learning simulations, memory games, debates, drills, mind maps and dramas. Team learning is fun and creates a sense of cohesiveness, support and trust that can give students a sense of belonging.
  • Use flip charts, graphs and mind maps as visual aids to assist students with storing information. Use colored markers for emphasis and post the information where it can be easily referred to.
  • Use visualizations, word and sound associations, and role- playing to help students process and remember information.
  • As soon as you see the boredom cues (kids yawning, staring out the window, doodling, note-passing, doing homework from another class), do physical energizers and play games so students can move around and get refocused.
  • Do relaxation exercises to reenergize and refocus the students.

Homeschooling MythsHomeschooling Myths
By Shehnaz Toorawa

Muslim Parents often consider homeschooling but are held back by beliefs and concerns that, although valid, are usually false. Every month we will highlight a common myth about homeschooling:

Myth #3: My kids will never be independent from me!

In a society where peers matter more than parents, children who prefer your company are a blessing! In a homeschool situation, parents are the main moral, spiritual and academic reference point. A secure relationship with parents gives children strong moral and spiritual foundations to rely on when they desire independence. Early independence without solid foundations and role models may leave children to wander in wrong directions.

Shehnaz Toorawa holds a degree in Education from the University of Toronto and a degree in Islamic Studies from the American Open University. She is a homeschooling mother and a program coordinator at the Understanding Islam Academy (UIA) in Mississauga, Ontario.

Three Ways You Can Contribute:

  1. Feedback: We want to hear from you, the teachers, homeschoolers, and educators, about what you find most beneficial in this newsletter? What topics would you like to see addressed in future?
  2. Submit Articles / Tid Bits / Resources: Have you written something about teaching that could benefit other teachers? Any interesting resources (website, video, or book) you want to review and share? Please send it our way!
  3. MyClassroom Experience: Got a classroom success story to share? Is there some teaching practice that you discovered? Share!
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