Weekend School Best Practices
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 22:17:13 GMT
The following are some current BEST PRACTICES compiled by each track at the Muslim Weekend Schools Summit:
TRACK 1 - Program and Curriculum Development:
- MEC Sunday: standard curriculum with set learning objectives for MCC/MEC in Nazirah/Tajweed, Quran/Arabic, Theology, Sirah from 1-10 grade
- Bashiru Habib (Nigerian Islamic Association): Quranic reading development.
- ICCD: following IQRA curriculum
- ISNS: went through several curriculums, synthesized, adapted to all needs, developed a list of topics to be covered, encourage lesson plans for each topic/day-especially for substitute teachers
- Masjid Al-Huda: lesson plans are in place, turned in one month ahead of time, controlled, divided well, students and parents know
- AIA: first period teach young students Salah-practical demonstration (up to 7 years old)
- MCC Sunday: Standardized board exam in 4th, 7th, 9th to progress to next grade and keep track of progression
- Universal: Universal published books (have been using for 10 years) GREAT TOOL, recommended for teaching Islamic studies, values, etc. all at the same time (an integrated approach)
- ICTD, Al-Huda-working with IQRA books, Yahiya Emerick books, I Love Islam, extra-curriculum (ie. Duas) in assembly time-awards-kid happy, study guides,
- Aqsa- 6 levels (Quran, Hadith, Sirah, Arabi), Arabi spelling bee, Quran, Arabic Islamic Studies contest
- MECCA: Scope/dynamic in context, teacher flexibility
- IFS: storytelling (researched, had workshop and taught all age students-younger and older)
- Huda: purpose based curriculum, value devoted, well-trained and certified teachers, prefer well-paid teachers who spend time preparing
- Masjid Noorul Islam Br. Shehu, Harvy, IL: "catch them young"
- MEC Saturday School: student-geared
- McHenry County Br. Taufiq: like college, assessed at skill level, choose class,
- AIA: junior/senior students-sharing lecture series, listen/comprehend/prepare questions/bring to class to be discussed
TRACK 2 : STUDENT & PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT
- Encourage the parents to be in the premises- not a day care.
- Adult programs in parallel sessions.
- Direct involvement from parents- sign up sheet during registration.
- PTA - Parent Teacher Assoc
- Providing graduation gifts for secular education.
- Teaching and practicing extracurricular activities.
- Absenteeism call by the parents.
- Recognition program
- Parent Teacher conferences.
- Family picnic at the end of the year.
- Separate assemblies for elementary students and high school- age specific- parallel.
- Get to know the parents with open communication, approachable and build relationship with parents.
- Competition encourages family involvement.
- Questionnaires to get evaluations and feedback from parents and students encouraged.
- Parents sign the homework.
- Newsletters to update parents and families.
- Potluck for parents during lunch time to encourage involvement.
TRACK 3: TEACHER / MENTOR DEVELOPMENT
- No Volunteers, Paid Teachers.
- Specialized Training Program.
- Good Rapport with Students.
- Establishment of Friends within the School.
- Teachers have a Good Sense of Responsibility.
- Open Communication
- Improve Teachers Awareness.
- Help Teachers in Training.
- Staff Meetings.
TRACK 4: PREPARING STUDENTS TO FACE CHALLENGES
- Current events class
- Discussion based on student agenda
- Islamic Association of McHenry County
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