#013: Islamic Pedagogy, Social Justice, and Engaging Parents w/ Dr. Nadeem Memon

What does social justice, education equity, privilege have to do with students and parent engagement? Listen and find out!

#012: The Difference Between a Muslim School & an Islamic One, and Where You Fit In

Listen in to learn the key differences between Muslim schools and Islamic schools and how you as an educator can play your part to provide an Islamically transformative education to your students.

#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.

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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:

  1. Ramadan Themes and teachable moments
  2. Reflective Journal Writing
  3. Energizers
  4. Community Circles
  5. Goal setting
  6. DEAP – Drop Everything And Pray
  7. DEAR – Drop Everything And Recite
  8. Daily Public Speaking
  9. Photo Essays
  10. Selective Summative Assessment topics

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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. 

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Resources mentioned in this episode

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Jazakumullahu khairan for listening! Now it’s your turn. Share some ideas you have with us in the comments section!

#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!

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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.

MCEP 001: Introducing the MakkahCentric Education Podcast

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, while discussing educational challenges and solutions for Muslim learners and institutes.

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