Lesson Plans

#015: Teaching Hajj & Other Islamic Themes to Strengthen Academic Skills w/ Jameela Ho

Hajj activities, lessons, and ideas that will leave you inspired & energized even if you don’t teach Islamic studies or have little time to plan.

#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. 

to download your lesson plan template

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • how lesson planning makes teaching so much more enjoyable
  • the benefits having a written lesson plan and the impact it has on student behaviour
  • how to plan & write SMART objectives for a lesson
  • what 5 steps to include in any lesson for optimal learning
  • some 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

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#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:


Freebie: 5 Strategies you can use to Islamize ANY topic with tips and examples

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:


Islamic Online University

Islamization of Education

The Reduction of Islam and Muslims in Ontario’s Social Studies Textbooks

1001 Muslim inventions


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MCEP 002 : Islamic integration in the Science classroom with Munazzah Shirwani

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.

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