The Child Matters
`If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.’-Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada
Often times as teachers, we plan to teach what needs to be taught, we put ourselves first before the learners, this is something I learnt from my teaching journey, the amount of pressure and high expectations from the administration to the parents and prospective parents, drive us to make life long damage in our learners.
We forget that it’s not about us, the parents or the administration and stakeholders, it’s about the learner. How much impact does your presence make to that child? Does it break him/her or mend her? Does it boost his confidence or does it extinguish his enthusiasm to learn? Does it make him curious or does it make him dreadful to learn new ideas, skills and concepts? There are many aspects of a child’s life that is in our hands as teachers. Are we doing our job Right? Are we their advocates?
It is time that we all work towards reflecting on our professional and personal practices to make our classrooms a better place for our learners. A class that is safe for learners to be creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers as well a confident life long Muslim learner. It is never too late.
Rukiya Issa is a Teacher coach who leads an Islamic school and the founder of Hopeful Muslim Teacher (HMT). She is pursuing her Bachelors of Education(Arts) and aims to empower Muslim teachers to show-up with confidence, clarity and purpose. She holds a Diploma in Educational Leadership, primary teacher certificate and is also a certified professional life Coach. Rukiya believes that academics, Teacher mindset, skills and teacher growth are not only a fundamental part of student success but are also the building blocks to attain a life long impact in building a holistic child. In addition to leading a school, she runs an online madrasa program with the aim of making Islamic education accessible to all. She has been recognised for her innovative teaching and learning approaches in all her teaching positions in different schools. Furthermore, her exceptional approach to leading change in Ar Risalah Academy, currently the Principal, was evidently recognised by the School board of Directors. Rukiya has been engaged in variety of voluntary projects in education like; - Islamic Curriculum Development at Maahad Teachers' Training College Nairobi, Kenya. - Lesson Plan Integration Project with Dr Bilal Philips - Islamic Studies Teacher at Maryam Center, Doha, Qatar.