Resources and Presentations
In Learning by Choice and Discovery, we dissect the pivotal document produced by Ontario’s PEEL District School Board which holistically addresses learners, educators, the learning environment, and each community stakeholder in its approach to 21st century learning. Then we will spiral back to question and understand how our post-industrial model of education is entrenched and causing difficulty within our Islamic communities and how we can change.
With the current political situation, it seems that our community is truly needing some self-care strategies, and teachers in our Islamic schools must take care of themselves. We are the caretakers of so many and must intelligently survey our situation with regards to spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual status. Attendees will seek guidance from Islam, acquire a grasp of research in these realms, develop a vision, and plan to create strategies for personal and professional reform.
Designing Lesson Plans to Motivate and Achieve
For all grade levels, lesson planning is the cornerstone, after establishing a congenial class climate. We will consider the motivation of teacher and student; for if you are not enthusiastic about your curriculum, how can your students be also? Next, we delve into the balance of skills and content as we design a lesson, and wrap with doing a little practice on your own lesson. It’s a model you can master.
Performance evaluations make us cringe and they provoke anxiety, whether we are the administrator, teacher, or student. Viewed as a cat and mouse game, we understand that someone in a supervisory capacity has to make judgments to justify their position and to find angles to keep the subject under scrutiny motivated to improve.
As I consult and speak with teachers, principals, and board members from around the U.S., a malaise is evident and blaming other parties is the norm. No one relishes the prospect of being the focus, nor the judge, of an evaluation. There are plenty of models and guides that are available, but they typically are subjective, even when attempting to quantify a particular attribute. Herein lies a solution, research-based and nurturing to school communities.
Involvement of parents gives us the most critical key since the 1966 Coleman Report told us that of all the “differences” analyzed, it was not so much the difference in schools, administrators, or teachers, but rather the “differences in families” that transfer the importance of education, habits, and disciplines which influence students’ academic achievement (Wherry, 2007). Studies since that time have long confirmed this. Parents are busier today than ever, and many fail to recognize the vital role they play and strategies they can employ to bolster the efforts of their students’ schools. There are many ways that a PTO can make a positive impact for your school, but first connections need to be established.