`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.