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70 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
#017: Time Management Tips for Muslim Teachers with Tushar Imdad
As a Muslim teacher or homeschooler you need time management. You need Islamic time management and that’s what we’re talking about in this week’s episode. Time management is not about finding extra hours in the day, to get more work done. It’s about choosing what to focus on, and using the time you have efficiently. It’s really more about habits, mindsets, and barakah and we’re going to give you tons of practical tips you can adopt right away. My guest this week is Br. Tushar Imdad, an English teacher and founder of Shaykhspear’s Online English Academy and High Impact Tutors. Br. Tushar is also a productivity and time management expert and he’s here to share with us practical time management techniques we can adopt to gain more pleasure and barakah from our work. In this episode you’ll learn: The difference between big picture time management and small picture time management and which one teachers should focus on What to prioritize and what tasks are wasting your time and energy (what you think is important may not be so). How to apply the 20/80 principle to your teaching How leveraging your talents can reduce the time and energy spent planning The importance of doing what you love and serving Allah through that How and what to outsourcing so that you have more mental space to be creative The power of Salahtul Duha and an effective morning routine How excessive complaining harms your performance How to batch work and avoid distractions Tips for a healthy work life balance And so much more. Listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher . “As a Muslim, we can’t want anything less than Allah’s good pleasure and Jannat ul-Firdaws. Next, is realising what is it that Allah wants you to do with your life. What skills, talents and passion has Allah instilled in you, for you to best excel and serve humanity?” – Tushar Imdad If you loved this episode, have a look at the links below. Br. Tushar has a course on Islamic time management that you may be interested in. BREAKTHROUGH HABIT – 40 Day Action Programme — Enrolment ends Friday 20 September!!! Register here >> The Breakthrough Habit <<< Resources Righteous Routines and the Breakthrough Habit (Sign up for updates on Tushar’s time management course) Shaykhspeare’s Online English Academy High Impact Tutors Tushar’s Interview on Productive Muslim 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Franklin Covey Subscribe and Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. You’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. If you’re an Android user you can search the MakkahCentric Education Podcast on any podcast player. Join my email list as well. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.The post #017: Time Management Tips for Muslim Teachers with Tushar Imdad appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
36 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
#016 How to Teach With More Impact This Year, and Build a Legacy as a Muslim Teacher
Teaching is a calling they say. I believe it too. As a Muslim teacher or homeschooler, this is a job Allah selected for you. But the question is, what are you doing with that calling? How are you showing up to do the job Allah honoured you with? More importantly, are you teaching for impact? Are you aiming for a transformation and long lasting changes in your students? If you’re reading this, I’m 100% sure you’re a awesome teacher who cares. You teach seeking Allah’s pleasure. You’re in this field for the impact. I know, that one of the things that keep you going, even when you don’t feel like it, you’re motivating knowing you are molding a Muslim child to becoming someone great. And if that’s really you, or that’s what you want to be, this episode is for you! This week’s episode is full of motivation and practical tips to make you an extremely impactful Muslim teacher. My aim is to get you to look at your role in this world from a new perspective. You don’t just teach, you nurture minds and mold characters, whether you do it intentionally or unintentionally. Here’s the thing, if you’re intentional about your role and the legacy you want to leave behind, then I have some amazing strategies that you need to implement. I must warn you though, many of these strategies will require you to change yourself, and transform your habits, and adopt a new mindset. But it will all be worth it! This is what you’ll learn, in today’s episode, How redefining your role and getting clear on your ‘why’ will get you in the right mindset for an impactful year. Why you should focus on results and actions and not just on acquired knowledge (i.e. curriculum content). How being vulnerable and humble make you a more effective teacher and mentor. How to instill an Islamic vision in your students, and the importance of promoting inquiry and critical thought. Why you should spend time cultivating brotherhood/sisterhood in the learning environment how that goes beyond the classroom and impacts the Muslim community at large. Accepting that your paycheck could never compensate all the work you do as a teacher, and where to look for compensation and motivation instead (hint: it’s not in this dunya). Teaching with impact can only happen when you care about your students and the ummah at large. And so much more. Listen here or here for Android. My goal in this episode is to get you to look at your job differently. Look at it as a role you play in the progression of this ummah. If you can impact the students in your care to be productive contributing Muslims, then you are on your way to building your legacy! And that is something that can only be compensated justly by Allah! Subscribe & Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. You’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. Join my email list as well. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.The post #016 How to Teach With More Impact This Year, and Build a Legacy as a Muslim Teacher appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
41 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
#015: Teaching Hajj & Other Islamic Themes to Strengthen Academic Skills w/ Jameela Ho
Sr. Jameela Ho, of Ilma Education, is on the show to give us some great ideas and simple hajj activities and lessons we can do with children to familiarize them with this great act of worship. I’m so happy to have her on today because not only is she an exert on early years education, but she’s written and created tons of educational resources that effectively integrate Islam in a fun way. If you haven’t planned for this hajj season, and you think it’s too late, then you definitely want to listen to our discussion. We’ll give you so much food for thought, ideas, and actionable tips that you’ll be inspired to start paying attention to this hajj season right away. The best part is, we share enough ideas to get you started even if you didn’t plan to. You’ll get to hear us talk about how easy it is to integrate Islamic topics or themes in the learning, even if you’re not the Islamic studies teacher. Jameela and I go back on forth sharing ideas that we’ve used with our students that work for different age groups. In this episode, you’ll learn: The different work Jameela does to solve the educational and parenting problems of Muslim children and their parents. How easy it is to combine Islamic themes and learning goals. How Islamic topics or themes can be used to boost core academic skills like reading, writing, arithmetic’s etc. Why we should take advantage of Islamic seasons in our teaching to help students live it and experience it. Why should make a big deal out of the hajj season. What activities teachers and/or parents can do with their learners to help them connect with the Hajj season. Jameela’s inspiring Hajj themed Quran journaling challenge for children And much more. Resources mentioned in this episode Ilma Education Muslim Parenting Hajj & Dhul Hijjah Resources by Jameela Ho Understanding Your Child’s Development Jameela’s FREE Hajj Quran Journaling resource kit Reciteandreflect.com MakkahCentric Education Subscribe & Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. You’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. Join my email list as well. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. And, if you’re feeling extra generous, it would mean a lot to me if you left a review on iTunes or a comment below. Reviews really help me improve and reach more Muslims looking for Islamic educational perspectives. The post #015: Teaching Hajj & Other Islamic Themes to Strengthen Academic Skills w/ Jameela Ho appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
45 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
#014: The Power of Self-Reflection: How to use it to be a more passionate & impactful Muslim teacher
On this week’s podcast episode, I’m challenging you to be a more vulnerable teacher. I want you to take this time of the year to reflect over the past academic year. In this episode, I’m going to show you how and why you should make self-reflection a regular practice as a Muslim teacher. Being a Muslim educator means that your Islam guides how you show up as a teacher. This is why the concept of muhasaba is so important for the Muslim teacher. I mean, muhasaba, or self-reflection, is important for all Muslims. But you, as a teacher of young impressionable Muslim students, can use this act of worship to grow yourself professionally. And I’ll show you how. After listening to this episode, download the self-reflection prompts pdf below, and spend an hour thinking really deeply about the questions. My goal is to get you start being more intentional with your teaching! In this episode we’ll go over how mid-year or end-of-year reflection can enhance your spiritual, emotional, and professional growth as a Muslim teacher. I’ll then share some powerful reflection questions you can ask yourself to start thinking deeply about your teaching practice and the impact you’re creating as a Muslim teacher. So listen until the end. Specifically, you’ll learn : What self-reflection is and what it is not (hint: It’s-not-a-beat-yourself-up session)How self-reflection is highly encouraged in Islam using proofs from Quran & SunnahThe connection between self-reflection and your spiritual and professional growthWhy it is so important to give yourself credit and celebrate your wins as a teacherHow self-reflection is humbling and shapes your mindsetHow to start the coming year energized and motivated to make a greater impactAnd so much more. I’ll go over some reflection questions to ask yourself right now and I’ll break down how those exact questions can help transform you into a mindful, intentional, purposeful, and Islamically commited teacher. Start the new year with the right mindset. For more prompts you can download the freebie that goes with this episode below. Hidden Content Subscribe & Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. You’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. Join my email list as well. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. And, if you’re feeling extra generous, it would mean a lot to me if you left a review on iTunes or a comment below. Reviews really help me improve and reach more Muslims looking for Islamic educational perspectives. The post #014: The Power of Self-Reflection: How to use it to be a more passionate & impactful Muslim teacher appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
56 minutes | Jul 9, 2019
#013: Islamic Pedagogy, Social Justice, and Engaging Parents w/ Dr. Nadeem Memon
“The role of the Muslim Educator is not only to be an Mu’allim, but to be a Murabbi” Syed Hussain Nasser In today’s episode, I have Dr. Nadeem Memon joining us to talk to about some of the awesome work he’s doing in the field of teacher education and Islamic pedagogy. Dr. Nadeem is the Director of Islamic Education and a senior lecture at the University of South Australia. He’s also the Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) in the School of Education at UniSA. If you’re surprised with his role a large western university, wait until you hear more about CITE and some of the ground breaking and innovative work they are doing in the field of Muslim education. Actually, CITE’s 4th annual Islamic schooling conference is coming up, and this year’s topic is on social justice in Islamic schools. We get deep into the topic, so make sure you listen till the end. You’ll come out with a new awaking inshallah! I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it. It’s interviews like this that motivate me to do what I do! Some takeaways from this episode: The MakkahCentric Education Podcast is paving the way for leaders in the field to reach more audiences by providing an accessible platform for all stakeholders to learn from.Islamic pedagogy requires us to think beyond curriculum content.Islamic pedagogy is about the values and purpose we hold dear to ourselves that define our approach to teaching. CITE offers 2 online graduate programs in teacher education and you can get an accredited teaching degree specializing in Islamic education/pedagogy.It’s high time to address social justice in Islamic schools and that’s what this year’s conference addresses.Social justice education is about acknowledging, addressing, rectifying inequities, and acknowledging aspects of privilege that exist within schools.We all have privileges that we need to check and ensure we are not using those privileges to deny our students equitable access to education.How we speak to, speak about, and engage parents can affect learning opportunities for students.And so much more! Resources & links mentioned in this episode Episode #012: The Difference Between a Muslim School & an Islamic One, and Where You Fit In The Centre of Islamic Thought and Education 4th Annual Islamic Schooling Conference & Forum: A Focus on Social Justice Accredited Islamic Education Programs for Muslim Educators Dr. Muhamad Abdullah’s on the conference Subscribe & Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. You’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. Join my email list as well. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. And, if you’re feeling extra generous, it would mean a lot to me if you left a review on iTunes or a comment below. Reviews really help me improve and reach more Muslims looking for Islamic educational perspectives. The post #013: Islamic Pedagogy, Social Justice, and Engaging Parents w/ Dr. Nadeem Memon appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
39 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
#012: The Difference Between a Muslim School & an Islamic One, and Where You Fit In
What’s the difference between a Muslim school and an Islamic School? That’s what we’re getting into on today’s episode. The term “Islamic school” is normally used to describe private schools that serve Muslim children. However most of these schools are more accurately classified as “Muslims schools”. Dr. Nadeem Memon defines Islamic schools as “institutions that strive to define school ethos, curriculum, and pedagogy through the traditional sources of Islamic knowledge: the Quran and the Prophet tradition” (Memon, 2009, p.4). Whereas, Muslim schools are more concerned with facilitating “a learning environment conducive to Muslim dress, diet, and observance” without an actual educational philosophy or curriculum to guide and inform the school. Below is a chart that summarizes the key differences I discuss today’s episode. The reality is that times are changing fast, and Muslim youth are facing many new challenges. From secularism and its branches, Islamophobia, unemployment, climate change, mental illnesses, and the mass manipulation vehicle known as social media, the system of old is not up-to-date with students’ current needs. An important question is, what educational philosophies do schools have in place to ensure our youth are graduating with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be able to face and navigate society so that these challenges don’t cause them to lose their eman?! And what is your role in developing the whole Muslim child and preparing them for the 21st Century and beyond? What can you do to adapt your teaching to provide a more relevant education that is Islamic at core? Listen and find out. In this episode you’ll learn about: how thinking like a marketer can help you identify your school’s unique advantage. the criticisms against the public schooling system and why we need think outside or ahead of that system, and not just follow. the differences between Muslim schools in Muslim countries and Muslim private schools in the west, (hint: not very different, but the context is). the key differences between Muslim schools and Islamic schools in the view of knowledge, curriculum, Islamization, epistemology, class schedule, educational philosophy, what is emphasized, and Islamic ethos. how you can tweak your teaching to provide more Islamically relevant learning experiences the messages conveyed through the hidden curriculum and how that gives the child mixed messages about the superiority of Islam examples of current schools and frameworks that adopt Islamic educational philosophies. and much more >>> Listen here Subscribe & Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. You’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. And, if you’re feeling extra generous, it would mean a lot to me if you left a review on iTunes. Reviews really help me improve and reach more Muslims looking for Islamic educational perspectives. Jazakumullahu khairan for listening! Now it’s your turn to share your knowledge…. In the comments, tell us one thing you learned in this episode that can help you become a better educator. The post #012: The Difference Between a Muslim School & an Islamic One, and Where You Fit In appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
52 minutes | Jun 8, 2019
#011: A Step by Step Guide to Designing an Effective, Islamically Integrated Lesson Plan
If you’re not having fun teaching, or you’re finding yourself more stressed and frustrated after class than you’d like, or you’re spending way too much time (or too little) on one unit, then I’m going to take a wild guess and say you’re not lesson planning…. effectively. I know the days I go into class with no lesson plan or a vague outline of what I hope to cover, are usually my worst teaching days. The students are not engaged, they are rowdy, and I feel frazzled and disorganized because I’m spending energy on thinking how to deliver this concept, or what to do next, instead of using that energy to monitor and assist students. But the days, I have an well thought out lesson that I actually write down in my lesson plan template, are really some of my favourite days teaching. They are the days I end the class with a huge smile on my face and a reaffirmation of why I love teaching! The best part is that they are the days the students also enjoy the lesson and learn the most! Lesson planning is not just about putting ideas and page numbers on paper, it’s a thought-out process of how you intend to deliver a lesson from beginning to end in a way that engages the learner and walks them throw a journey of optimal and lasting learning. Today’s episode is based on a live workshop I did for a group of educators, teachers and homeschoolers, and they found it super useful. It increased their confidence to teach and plan, gave them clarity on what to focus on during a lesson, and outlined a blueprint for them to help them organize the information in a way that makes sense for the student. It was so good, I thought I should redo the workshop for my podcast listeners. So here it is, your step by step guide on designing an effective, Islamically integrated lesson plan for optimal learning. I’m giving you the blueprint I use to ensure every moment of my lesson is meaningful and purposeful, so you can start transforming your lessons too. In this episode you’ll learn: how lesson planning makes teaching so much more enjoyablethe benefits having a written lesson plan and the impact it has on student behaviourhow to plan & write SMART objectives for a lessonwhat 5 steps to include in any lesson for optimal learningsome ideas for end of lesson assessment and the benefits of self-assessments how to integrate Islam into the lesson regardless of topic. many ideas, examples, and motivation to give you the confidence and tools needed to become a lesson planning pro Subscribe & Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. That way, you’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Anndd, if you’re feeling extra generous, it would mean a lot to me if you left a review on iTunes. Reviews really help me improve and reach more Muslims looking for Islamic educational perspectives. Jazakumullahu khairan for listening! Now it’s your turn to share your knowledge…. In the comments, tell us one thing you learned in this episode that can help you become a better educator. The post #011: A Step by Step Guide to Designing an Effective, Islamically Integrated Lesson Plan appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
35 minutes | May 29, 2019
#010: 3 Energy saving hacks for teachers to make the most out of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
We’re in the last stretch of Ramadan, and the best part of it. How you finish this month is more important than how you started! This is where you switch gears and fasten up, because the long nights ahead is where you will prove ourselves to Allah that you are in need and deserving of His mercy and blessings. Ramadan is not over. It can still be your best Ramadan EVER! Teaching in Ramadan is great for so many reasons, but sometimes our enthusiasm or workload gets in the way making the most out of Ramadan, especially the last 10 nights. Everything is going great at work, until you reach home, and then praying the night prayer becomes an internal struggle. I’m here to tell you that that struggle is good! Those creeping thoughts that make you want to chose rest over the night prayer should be paid attention to because it’s crucial to always choose the night prayer over sleep. It doesn’t sound easy, but in this episode I break down 3 energy conserving hacks that will keep that candle burning longer so that choosing rest as an option is effectively ruled out! If there is one crucial thing you could have more of, it would be…. energy. I know you want to say time, but here me out in this episode. I’m breaking down 3 life hacks that help save you more energy, mentally, physically, and emotionally, so that you can make more use of it at night when you most need it. In this episode you will learn, Why this is the time to pick up the pace and finish Ramadan stronger than you startedThe virtues and superiority of the last 10 nights of Ramadan over the restHow your brain can be programmed to always choose the deeds that will make your Ramadan betterHow thoughts and decision making depletes energy and how you can wire your brain to reduce the amount of thinking you doThe connection between the subconscious and your actions and how you can train your mind to force you to make the most out of RamadanWhat are some negative emotions that are depleting your energy and how you can manage or replace them with positive onesHow to organize and significantly reduce your teaching and classroom tasks through prioritization and eliminationWhy keeping students busy with work is stressing you out Resources
53 minutes | May 15, 2019
#009: 10 Ramadan Teaching Ideas you can still do w/ little prep and great impact.
It’s not too late to incorporate Ramadan lessons in your teaching. In today’s episode, I’m walking you through 10 teaching ideas and activities to make this Ramadan a transformative learning experience for your students. Tune in and download your freebie here. If you really want to help your students develop a strong connection with the month of Ramadan, but you don’t know how or have the time to plan it, or if you’re just looking for some ideas to supplement what you’re already doing, then this episode is for you! I’m covering 10 easy to implement activities that don’t demand you to stray away from your curriculum. If you’re already combining Ramadan topics or themes with your curriculum then hats off to you! Mashallaah, that is fantastic, and we’d love to hear what you’re doing with you class in the comments section. But if you want to learn some strategies that help develop a spiritual culture throughout Ramadan and beyond, then listen on in, because I promise you’ll be fired up by the end of this episode! Ramadan is about growth Although the month of Ramadan lasts only 29/30 days, the lessons learned, and the character nurtured is supposed to continue beyond Ramadan. The teaching ideas I’m covering in this episode take that into consideration. They’re intended to develop a culture of spirituality, progress, and transformation. Because, here’s the thing, Ramadan is about growth and transformation. And real beneficial education is supposed to be about growth and transformation. Content is only half the process. That’s why these 10 Ramadan teaching ideas I’m covering are not lesson based. They don’t require much planning (especially since I have resources ready for you to use so you don’t have to), and they don’t require much time (just a few minutes out of your day). But the impact is great, bi-ithnillah! Here are the 10 Ramadan Teaching Ideas I’ll cover in this episode: Ramadan Themes and teachable momentsReflective Journal WritingEnergizersCommunity CirclesGoal settingDEAP – Drop Everything And PrayDEAR – Drop Everything And ReciteDaily Public SpeakingPhoto EssaysSelective Summative Assessment topics This episode is incredibly insightful and actionable. This is some of what you’ll learn, Why its not too late to incorporate Ramadan teaching ideas in your class. Where to focus your energy when planning Ramadan activities for your class (hint.. its not the lesson plan). Why Ramadan related lessons should not be limited to the month of Ramadan only. 10 teaching ideas and activities you can easily implement and how they’ll help develop your student spiritually, socially, and academically. Explanations and examples of how to implement the above 10 strategies And lots more. Tune in and start listening now! Resources mentioned in this episode www.MakkahCentricEducation.com Tribes Active Learning Strategies and Energizers Episode #005 – A Marketplace for Muslim Teachers to Buy, Sell, and Share Resources. Introducing MakkahCentricEducation.com. Subscribe & Share Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. That way, you’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others! Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Anndd, if you’re feeling extra generous, it would mean a lot to me if you left a review on iTunes. Reviews really help me improve and reach more Muslims looking for Islamic educational perspectives. Jazakumullahu khairan for listening! Now it’s your turn. Share some ideas you have with us in the comments section! The post #009: 10 Ramadan Teaching Ideas you can still do w/ little prep and great impact. appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
64 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
#008: Leadership and Islamic Education with Yawar Baig
Assalaamu ‘alaykum MCEP listeners One of the greatest advantages of having this podcast is that I get to interview and bring to you, so many different Muslims of different experiences, expertise, and more importantly perspectives. Shaykh Yawar Baig comes with all three. A scholar, an international motivational speaker, an educator, and an entrepreneur, he is on the show sharing his knowledge and giving us a taste of alternative perspectives! Yawar Baig is the founder of Yawar Baig & Associates, an organizational development consultancy specializing in leadership and family business. Shayh Yawar is very popular in Muslim educational circles because of his contributions to the field of education and focus on leadership. I wanted him on the show to tell us how we can cultivate a culture of leadership in our education of Muslim children. How do we become leaders as teachers, and how to we teach to produce leaders? Well, we ended up talking about every topic under the sun, and I guess to be a leader means to have a wider picture of the different issues affecting Muslims specifically and humanity at large. This interview is eye opening and really makes you consider different perspectives on leadership and even Islamic history. And this is one of the goals of this podcast, I want us to learn from the experiences of others and be exposed to different perspectives. It doesn’t mean, everything presented on this podcast you or I have to agree with, but hearing different perspectives on what works or what solutions we need can make us all better problem solvers! In this episode, we talk about: why Sh. Yawar is so invested in leadership development and the dire need for great leaders how teaching compassionate leadership can solve all the world’s problems why its not desire for leadership that is blameworthy, but what is done with that responsibility the 5 necessarily values and elements that should be the focus of education the importance of knowing both the good and the bad of Islamic history how we have been approaching the enhancing Muslims’ self-esteem and identity wrong, and some possible solutions what leadership qualities a Muslim teacher should possess the importance of regular self-reflection and review for teachers looking to transform into leaders Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – Leave a note in the comment section below. – Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help make the show better: – Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help me improve. – Subscribe on iTunes and Google Play. Special thanks to Yawar Baig for joining us this week. Until next time! The post #008: Leadership and Islamic Education with Yawar Baig appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
42 minutes | Feb 6, 2019
#007: How to Integrate Islam into Any Lesson with Dr. Bilal Philips
Bilal Philips is with us again for another productive episode! In this session, we bring you a mini-workshop on how you can Islamize virtually any lesson plan or topic using 5 principles. In the last episode, session 006, Shaykh Bilal Philips outlined for us what some of our goals and objectives for education and schooling should be as Muslims. We talked about the need and importance of integrating Islam and morality into the curriculum, and how we can easily Islamize lessons to make it relevant to the learner. Integrating Islam in your lessons doesn’t have to be difficult, the issue is that we haven’t been trained, as teachers, to approach the curriculum from an Islamic lens. That’s what needs to change! So, because I am committed to helping you transform your teaching pedagogy to a more Islamic-centric one, I’ve prepared this mini-workshop to simplify the pathway to islamizing any lesson, subject, or topic you teach. In this episode, Dr. Bilal Philips outlines 5 strategies that can effectively transform any curriculum based lesson into an Islamic one. He’s conducted workshops on the topic to a multitude of Islamic Schools all around the world, and also has a free diploma course that delves into each principle in more depth. Today, we’re bringing the workshop straight to your device! Incase you can’t write down everything, we’ve outlined all 5 principles with details and examples for your convenience. Download your professional development freebie below: In this episode, you’ll learn: Why Islamizing the lesson plan if the starting point to an Islamized classroom What the 5 principles of Islamization of education are and how to use them What is Dr. Bilal Philips and his team of educators are currently working on How the Chinese proverb “A picture is worth a 1000 words” is relevant to nurturing an Islamic atmosphere How we can find a Quranic ayah to relate to any topic or discussion in the class How integrating ahaadeeth builds the love for Prophet Muhammad salallahu ‘alayhi wa salam. How integrating Islamic history and Muslim contributions is good for the confidence, self-esteem, and aspiration of the student. What one study found about the deliberate dehistorization and devaluation of Muslims and Islam in Ontario social studies textbooks. The transformative potential that implementing some or all of these principles have on the character development of the Muslim child Why incorporating moral lessons into the lesson is more effective than teaching it as a stand alone topic Resources mentioned in this episode: bilalphilips.com Islamic Online University Islamization of Education The Reduction of Islam and Muslims in Ontario’s Social Studies Textbooks 1001 Muslim inventions ___________________________________________ Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – In the comments, tell us what you think about MakkahCentricEducation.com. – Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help make the show better: – Leave an honest review on iTunes, and in the comments below. Your ratings and reviews really help us improve the show. – Subscribe on iTunes The post #007: How to Integrate Islam into Any Lesson with Dr. Bilal Philips appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
48 minutes | May 3, 2018
#006: The Purpose of Schooling with Dr. Bilal Philips
Dr. Bilal Philips Podcast I am so honored to have Dr. Bilal Philips on today’s show. If you’re familiar with Shaykh Bilal, then you already know that he is in no need of an introduction! A world-renowned Islamic scholar, educator, speaker, author, and philanthropist; Shaykh Bilal Philips has been actively involved in educating the Muslim ummah for decades! In today’s episode, I ask Dr. Bilal a number of questions about Islam and education, our goals and purpose of education and schooling as Muslims, secularism and Islamic schools, what truly makes an Islamic school Islamic, and so much more. Shaykh Bilal Philips has traveled all over the world and visited over a 100 Islamic schools lecturing and training teachers and principals on education and Islamization. You’ll get to hear what he thinks about the current practices of Islamic schools, their successes, and shortcomings. And you’ll also hear about the important question he asks to measure the moral character of every graduating class. A question that, if the responses continue to be what they are, we’ll never produce the quality of Muslim youth needed to uplift this ummah. What’s that question? Listen to find out! In this episode, you’ll learn: What is behind IOU’s motto “Changing the Nation Through Education” How has education always been the solution to our problems as Muslims since the time of Prophet Muhammed? What is meant by the term khalifah in Suratul Baqarah, verse 30, according to the classical exegetes of the Quran Where the misconception in the use of this term in educational spaces came from, and who initiated this movement How secularization has snatched morality from the school curriculum Why adding 3 religious classes to a secular curriculum doesn’t make a school Islamic, and how this model was adopted from the Christian’s approach towards secularization How all knowledge is revealed knowledge from Allaah, and what we learn from Prophet Adam’s story How to have a higher purpose for education and schooling How to answer students when they ask “why do I have to learn this” Where does student talent and passion fit in the curriculum The response of hundreds of students across a hundred Islamic schools to the question “How many of you have never cheated on a test?” The kind of mentality everyone involved in an Islamic school, from the owner down to the parent, must have for an Islamic school to be truly successful Resources mentioned in this episode: bilalphilips.com Islamic Online University Islamization of Education Canadian doctors: “Cancel our pay raise and spend it elsewhere” Suratul Baqarah (2): 30 “And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a Khalifah.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” ____________________________________________ Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – In the comments, tell us what you think about MakkahCentricEducation.com. – Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help make the show better: – Leave an honest review on iTunes, and in the comments below. Your ratings and reviews really help us improve the show. – Subscribe on iTunes The post #006: The Purpose of Schooling with Dr. Bilal Philips appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
33 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
MCEP 005: A Marketplace for Muslim Teachers … Presenting MakkahCentricEducation.com
A Marketplace for Muslim Teachers to buy, sell, and share resources and lesson plans is finally here! Assalaamu ‘alaykum fellow educators, I am super stoked to introduce the MakkahCentric Education marketplace to you all! What was only an idea 10 months ago, has now become a reality by the grace and bounty of Allaah. The marketplace is the first step in bringing islamized education to Islamic schools a reality. It’s a BIG deal! And you should be excited too! MakkahCentricEducation.com is the only online teacher resource sharing platform dedicated to Muslims. It is the only marketplace promoting Islamized educational materials. It is the only platform unifying all the efforts of Muslim teachers, homeschoolers, professionals, and students of knowledge by creating a market where each one can sell products relevant to their expertise and needed by the other. For example: I’m a teacher, but I don’t have the graphic skills to create nice educational posters. I can write great lesson plans, but I don’t have the time to search all the relevant Quranic verses and hadiths on a particular science topic. MakkahCentricEducation.com is where I’d come to find what I can’t create on my own, and sell what I’ve worked hard on producing. Everyone wins! And if you’re stuck on what to sell, then download this freebie I’ve prepared for you. We know teachers spend hundreds of dollars on education resources, and modern teacher sharing platforms are booming with sales and creative digital products. But there’s no teachers resource site dedicated to educators of Muslim children. That’s the problem MCE is here to solve! In this episode, I’m introducing the launch of MakkahCentricEducation.com, the marketplace. I talk about how I came up with the idea and 3 main objectives behind building the platform. I know you’ll be convinced when you hear how MCE will help achieve my ultimate goal of revolutionizing the way Muslim children learn by making high quality islamized resources easily accessible. Oh and I forgot to mention that whether you’re just a customer looking for products, or someone selling products, creating an account on MCE is 100% risk free. All current account options are free, and there are NO listing fees! Are you excited? Inspired? Good! Get some Islamized product ideas here, and start selling today! Leave a comment letting us know what you think about the launch of MakkahCentricEducation.com, and how it can help you. In this episode, you’ll learn: the 3 major reasons why a marketplace will help why MakkahCentricEducation.com is a big deal in the era of Muslim education what value MCE will bring to you specifically and to the ummah in general all the awesome work currently being done to advance Muslim education and how MCE plans to unify those efforts and not reinvent the wheel how to use MakkahCentricEducation.com as a buyer how to use it as a seller, and the features that come with your free seller account why educational resources for Muslims are inadequate in quantity and quality and how MCE will change that by offering a platform for the brilliant minds of this ummah to carve out their niches in our marketplace. a bunch of simple ideas that can easily be turned into digital products to be sold or given as free download Resources mentioned in this episode: 40 Islamized Product Ideas to get you started TODAY MakkahCentricEducation.com Canva.com Islamization of Education of Muslim Schools and Home Islamization of Education Islamic School League of America (ISLA) Edcamp Islamic Toronto ISNA Education forums The Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) ____________________________________________ Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – In the comments, tell us what you think about MakkahCentricEducation.com. – Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help make the show better: – Leave an honest review on iTunes, and in the comments below. Your ratings and reviews really help us improve the show. – Subscribe on iTunes . The post MCEP 005: A Marketplace for Muslim Teachers … Presenting MakkahCentricEducation.com appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
61 minutes | Jan 13, 2018
MCEP 004 : Autism & Inclusion in the Islamic School Classroom with Sirad Shirdon
Sometimes you start off your educational journey not knowing what you want to study but knowing well that you want to impact people. How many of us study one thing in university only to find our calling in a completely different field all together? My friend Sirad Shirdon is an example of that. Allah chooses everyone for certain tasks, and He has guided Sirad to bring positive impacts to autistic children and their families. Exposure to rehabilitation patients and their miraculous improvements lead Sirad to pursed masters to become a speech pathologist. Soon she found herself working closely with autistic children and their families, many of them from Somali new comer families. Her desire to be resourceful to Muslim communities intrigued her to investigate how English language learners navigate the educational system. Mashallah, she is now a submission away from her dissertation on the transition of Somali children with autism into school. In this episode, Sirad educates us on the topic of autism and the struggles of the Somali community in Minnesota who are overrepresented in cases of autism. Keep listening as we get into whether or not children with autism should be included in Islamic school classrooms. We also talk about how to recognize if a child is autistic and what strategies a teacher can employ to support their learning, and where Islamic schools can find useful resources and expert help to accommodate multi-intelligence learners. On the show, we are keen to bring in experts from different fields who can enhance our understanding and educational practices. Many Islamic schools don’t have the resources to support our young learners with developmental delays, but before you insist that they don’t belong in the “mainstream” classroom, listen to this episode! In this episode, you’ll learn: How Sirad went from a history major to phD candidate in Early Childhood Education The upsurge and overrepresentation of autism cases in the Minneapolis Somali community and the success of parent advocacy in getting the health department to acknowledge the problem How children of colour are disproportionately pushed into special education or ESL What focusing on the Somali community or an immigrant community adds to academia and science What is autism What signs can you look for in your students if you suspect developmental delay Should autistic children and autoimmune diseased children be included in the mainstream classroom and why? How inclusive classrooms benefit all students Why working with different ability children and learning of their families’ struggles is humbling and humanizing How Islamic school teachers can create more inclusive and enriched learning spaces What learning strategies work well with autistic children How to tap into local resources and where to find experts to support you in Islamic Schools How to instil an Islamic identity in autistic children How calm/comforting sensory spaces provide safe inclusive environments for autistic children What some inspirational parents are doing to provide an Islamic education to their autistic children in a safe islamic learning environment Resources mentioned in this episode: Overrepresentation of autism cases in Minneapolis Somali community reported in New York times Quran Madrassa for Autistic Children @ Al Amaan Center www.smilecan.org www.autismspeaks.org www.autismspeaks.ca www.smilecan.org www.thevitalsapp.com ____________________________________________ Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – Leave a note in the comment section below. – Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help make the show better: – Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help me improve. – Subscribe on iTunes . Special thanks to Sirad for joining me this week. Until next time, ma’a salama. The post MCEP 004 : Autism & Inclusion in the Islamic School Classroom with Sirad Shirdon appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
55 minutes | Dec 14, 2017
MCEP 003 : Interview with Habib & Sanaa, founders of myDeen Magazine
Some people choose teaching because of the lifestyle it accommodates and some people are chosen for the big picture it facilitates. Sanaa Izreig and Habib are fine examples of beautiful souls chosen to do the blessed work of educating. Sanaa and Habib are the power couple behind myDeen Magazine; a monthly magazine, developed under the guidelines of the Quran and authentic sunnah, designed to stimulate the Muslim child while encouraging reading and learning in fun creative ways as they grow and strengthen their Islamic beliefs. What I love about this blessed couple, is that it was their desire for the well being of Muslim children that lead them to the world of education. Like me they started off in different fields, and ended up doing this work out of their love to see our children grow strong in their Islamic identity. MashaAllah, they have earned some majors wins and seen positive transformations over the years through their unique teaching methods. What they thought would be a small North American project has now grown on an international scale. MyDeen Magazines are now being distributed worldwide with families from all backgrounds eagerly waiting for each monthly edition. The countless testimonials from parents sharing their experiences on how much value the magazines have brought to theirs and their children’s lives is what pushes Habib and Sanaa to continuously produce top quality material, with each issue being better than the last. I’m so honoured that they are here today to share their story with us. I want you to know more about them and the myDeen project that has a vision beyond the magazine. In this session, they give us some behind the scenes glances of the company and fill us in on all the cool things they’re planning next. In this episode, you’ll learn: Why Sanaa and Habib’s story is relevant to the MakkahCentric Education vision and my biggest takeaway from this interview How Sana and Habib got into the field of education How and why myDeen started and the passion that drives it The vision that drives myDeen.club How a demand for fun Islamic content grew their project internationally The thought process in selecting themes, activities, and even images for each issue The creative ways myDeen Magazine incorporates healthy family development through fun parent-child activities. What lessons Sana and Habib have learned since starting myDeen What other educational products they will be coming out with to serve Islamic school teachers and homeschooling parents December’s issue and how it was selected The exciting topic for June 2018’s issue Resources mentioned in this episode: myDeen website Testimonials Get 50% of on the first issue Like them on Facebook Follow on them on instagram —> @mydeen_magazine ____________________________________________ Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – Leave a note in the comment section below. – Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help make the show better: – Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help me improve. – Subscribe on iTunes . Special thanks to Habib and Sanaa for joining us this week. Until next time! The post MCEP 003 : Interview with Habib & Sanaa, founders of myDeen Magazine appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
60 minutes | Dec 2, 2017
MCEP 002 : Islamic integration in the Science classroom with Munazzah Shirwani
Abu Ruzayn (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The example of a believer is like a bee which does not eat but good and does not produce but good.” [Sahih Ibn Hibban, 1/274, No. (246) and Al Jami` As-Saghir and its addition, 1/ 1079, No. (10786). The Hadith was graded as authentic by Sheikh Al Albany See: “Sahih Al Jami`” No. (5847).] These early episodes of the Makkah Centric Education podcast are to help you get comfortable with the idea of Islamifying knowledge, i.e. making the learning Makkah-centric. We want you to see what that looks like so that you can start transforming your classrooms today. And today’s episode does just that. On the show today is Munazzah Shirwani, an Islamic School teacher and a graduate of the Islamic Teacher Education Program. The challenges she faced early in her career inspired her to seek out mentorship and explore new ways of teaching and interacting with her Muslim students. This lead her to the world of Islamic pedagogy where she now tries to make Islamic integration part of her teaching practices. In this episode, Munazzah shares with us how she turned her grade 7 & 8 spilt class into a lab of Muslim scientists tackling an important environmental and social issue from an Islamic world lens. No doubt integrating Islam into a unit from the Ontario science curriculum is quite the challenge, but hear us talk about the importance of vulnerability and growth for both the teacher and students. It’s a learning journey for all. Listen to Munazzah break down her science unit on the effects of pesticides on bees and how she effectively incorporated Islamic pedagogy and inquiry based learning to create an authentic and enthusiastic learning lab of Muslim scientists eager to discover, learn, and solve a real life environmental issue whilst growing to appreciate the beauty in Allah’s creation of the bee. I am so inspired and could even feel an iman boost by just listening to Munazzah explain how transformative the unit was for herself and her students. I’m positive you’ll enjoy it just as much. In the episode, you’ll learn: What ITEP taught her about Islamic pedagogy How a eurocentric education is problematic What Islamic integration is How to network and connect with other educators What inquiry based learning is and why it works well with Islamic pedagogy How state curricula are limited in developing the whole child How to rephrase the definition of science to highlight divine supremacy and launch a lesson from a monotheistic worldview The idea of stewardship or khilaafa and uboodiyah at the heart of and leading the learning experience Why being vulnerable and not trying to be the expert on every topic can enrich the learning experience What are some authentic resources to develop literacy and critical literacy and anti-biased perspectives How Islamic pedagogy impacts us and our students as worshipers of Allah and how the new knowledge compels us to act What are some examples of other topics to explore in science to connect learning to real social events How you can participate in the edcamp Munnazzah is planning Resources mentioned in this episode: Islamic Teacher Education Program Case study – What 10 Years of Islamic Studies and a Bachelor of Eduation Won’t Teach You Austin’s butterfly Munazzah’s integrated science unit Trivium Model Edcamp – A meeting place for Toronto’s Islamic School Educators ____________________________________________ Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – Leave a note in the comment section below. – Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help make the show better: – Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help me improve. – Subscribe on iTunes . Special thanks to Munazzah for joining me this week. Until next time! The post MCEP 002 : Islamic integration in the Science classroom with Munazzah Shirwani appeared first on Podcast for Muslim Teachers.
52 minutes | Nov 25, 2017
MCEP 001: Introducing the MakkahCentric Education Podcast
Welcome to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast. I appreciate you stoping by and listening to the first episode of the show. Let me introduce myself, the person behind the mic. I am Zahra Osman, educator, mom, and social entrepreneur. I have a vision for uplifting our cause as an ummah and I’m convinced education is the key. I don’t have all the answers, but through podcasting and interviewing other Muslim educationalists, I hope to inspire a movement for Islamic pedagogy. To kickstart this episode, I’m sharing the mic with my wonderful friend and partner in ambitions, Roda Omer. Roda is a homeschooler, consultant, and entrepreneur. Apart from helping administrate the Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers, she’s an expert in the field of networking, event coordination, management, fundraising and consulting. She has over a decade of work in program management and executive leadership for several major city-wide conferences, conventions and initiatives (e.g. Journey of Faith, Being Me, Nikah Wedding Convention, Women’s Health Expo). Her entrepreneurial drive has been fueled by the desire to orchestrate her vision to empower and encourage other women to the freedom and expertise of entrepreneurship. So her perspectives are always valued. In this episode, Roda and I introduce you to the show and walk you through some of the ideas and goals behind the MakkahCentric Education podcast. I am the host of the show, but in this episode Roda is doing the interviewing. Listen to her critical questions and hear us out as we discuss some of the educational challenges Islamic schools experience while exploring possible solutions to help overcome them. This is the first podcast of its kind, and possibly the first platform aiming to bring Muslim experts together to discuss and share strategies on helping us enrich the learning journey of Muslim students. Listen, subscribe, and comment. Be part of the movement. In this episode, you’ll learn: The idea behind the MakkahCentric Education podcast and how I came up with it. What is makkahcentric education and what it may look like What Islamic schools are missing Why western models of schooling don’t work well in Muslim majority countries Why culture and identity are so important in the learning process of the child How I started integrating Islam into teaching when I didn’t know what integration was Why separating secular subjects and religious subjects is not effective for Muslim youth Why we should acknowledge the efforts of Islamic Schools but be critical as well The role parents play in improving Islamic schools Some examples of how to provide a spiritually transformative learning experience Reflecting on the problems of our youth, its causes, and how Islamic schools contribute or help solve Who is this podcast for Resources mentioned in this episode: Deeper Roots Islamization of Knowledge What happened when 14 wolves were released into Yellowstone Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) ____________________________________________ Jazakallahu Khair for Listening! To share your thoughts: – Leave a note in the comment section below. – Share this show on Facebook, or
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