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    elcome toThe Shia Ithna'asheri Madressa

    a teachers handbook 2004

    "...teach through actions rather than words..." Teachby Actions

    rather than Words

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    ContentsPage

    Introduction 2

    The Madressa Administration Team 4Communication 5Requirements of the Madressa Teacher 6

    Assessment 7Safety Issues 8Teaching Techniques 9How Children Learn 10

    Getting Things Learnt 13Asking Questions in Class 14

    Planning for Teaching 15Classroom Management 16Classroom Control 17Beginning the Lesson 19During the Lesson 20

    Ending the Lesson 21Student Discipline 22Assessment Methods 24Reports 26

    Useful Information for Use by teachers of Shia IthnaAsheri Madressa, London,UKMadressa Calendar of Events 2004 27Madressa Weekly Timetable 2004 28Lesson Allocation Chart 2004 29

    Teachers List 2004 32Classroom Allocation 2004 34

    New Teachers Enrolment Form 35Red Form 36

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    Introduction

    Welcome to the Shia Ithna-asheri Madressa Staff Handbook.

    The Vision

    In the changing world we live in, we find many generation gaps building upbetween grandparents, parents, young adults, and children. The expectationsof society and pressures of our peers are becoming very different with eachsucceeding generation.

    As the pace of life accelerates and the moral values of society decline, peopleare increasingly looking for comfort in the material world. Yet we know that the

    answer to our problems, to our hopes and to our life lies only with Allah. It isthis understanding, this concept, and these values which encompass themission statement of The Shia Ithnaasheri Madressa.

    Mission Statement

    To impart to our students, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation ofIslam, in order that they may take a valuable place in society asresponsible youth, focused teams, and committed parents.

    and the Mission

    Shia Ithnaasheri Madressa aims to provide its students a foundation inQuran, Islamic Law (Fiqh), Islamic History (Tareekh), and Islamic Conduct(Akhlaq). Shia Ithnaasheri Madressas focus is not only on the teaching ofIslam, but in its practice and in its understanding.

    As Imam Ali (A.S) said, Teach through Actions rather than Words!

    In this booklet, we have endeavoured to include all the information that ateacher at the Madressa will need to effectively teach the children of ourcommunity.

    The aim of the Madressa is to teach a core syllabus of Islam based on theShia Ithna-asheri faith. The Madressa agrees to take on this responsibility witha view that it is supplementing the individual efforts of both parents andchildren. You, the teacher, will play an important role in this effort.

    Teaching Religious Education to children is immensely rewarding, both in thesatisfaction it gives to the teacher as well as in the eyes of Allah. At the sametime, all of us are volunteers, and only a handful have professional teachingexperience.

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    Despite this, with care and planning, the voluntary teacher can achieveexcellent results with the children. The Madressa itself will try to aid your taskby providing adequate training, plenty of resources, a structured syllabus anda pleasant teaching environment.

    We appreciate that teaching at the Madressa can be a daunting task for newas well as experienced teachers. We hope that the information contained inthis handbook will go some way to making that task a little easier.

    The handbook is based on the work done by several Madressas around theworld, notably those in East Africa and North America, as well as ideasdeveloped at our own Madressa over the years.

    Please read the handbook carefully it contains details of the minimumstandards that the Madressa wishes to set. We have all embarked together ona noble work to teach the religion of Allah to our children. We have to bemindful of the responsibility we have undertaken, and to achieve His pleasureby discharging this responsibility to the best of our abilities.

    We respectfully request that, after reading the handbook, if you feel thatyou will be unable to comply with these standards, you shouldreconsider your intention to teach at the Madressa.

    Do not hesitate to give us feedback, with suggestions, on information youwould have wished us to include in this handbook.

    Wasalaam

    AdministrationRabiul Awwal 1425/ May 2004

    Shia Ithna-asheri MadressaHusaini Shia Islamic Centre

    Wood LaneStanmoreMiddlesexHA7 4LQ

    United KingdomTel: 020 8416 0483

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    The Madressa Administration Team

    For the smooth running of the Madressa, we have developed a structuredadministration team that has evolved over the years into the presentarrangement.

    The administration team is headed by the Principal. He is aided by his VicePrincipal, Lady Co-ordinator, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, AdministrativeSecretary, Treasurer and the Heads of Department.

    There are presently 10 Heads of Department, one each in the Ladies andGents for the 4 subjects, one Head for Classes 1-4, and one Head of theSpecial Class.

    Each teacher reports to his/her Head of Department for issues relating to thesubject taught and for guidance in matters relating to that subject. The Headof Department forms a liaison between the administration and the teacher.

    For issues relating to discipline, and for an issue not directly related to thesubject taught, the teacher should approach the Vice Principal in the Gentsand the Lady Co-ordinator in the Ladies.

    The Administration Team for the year 2004 are as follows:

    Principal Hassanain Manji [email protected]

    Vice Principal Ali Asgher Sheriff [email protected] Lady Co-ordinator

    Masuma Jaffer [email protected]

    Treasurer Mahmood Dewji mmdewji[email protected] Secretary Hasnain Merali [email protected] Admin.Secretary

    Sayyeeda baiDatoo

    [email protected]

    HOD Class 1-4 Tahera bai Sheriff [email protected] HOD Fiqh Malika Chandoo [email protected] Fiqh Mustafa Walji [email protected] HOD Tareekh Taslim Kanji [email protected] HOD Tareekh Muhaddisa

    [email protected]

    HOD Akhlaq Akil Kanani [email protected] HOD Akhlaq Tasleem Manji [email protected] HOD Quran Sajjad Tejani [email protected] HOD Quran Zohra Kermalli [email protected]

    HOD SpecialClass Zehra bai Khaku [email protected]

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    Communication

    The Administration Team maintains communication with the teachers byvarious means.

    1. There is a Madressa Listbot, where all staff members are informed ofany upcoming event by e-mail. Additionally, teachers should use thisuseful medium to discuss ideas, share experiences and air their viewson any topic relevant to Madressa. All teachers should ensure that theyare registered and inform the Office of any e-mail address changes.

    To send a message to: All teachers, email [email protected] All Head of Departments, email [email protected] Admin team, email [email protected]

    Members of the Madressa who wish to take an ACTIVE part in themanagement and policy setting of the establishment, [email protected]

    2. There are regular Staff meetings, usually at the beginning of term.These are very useful and advertised well in advance. Attendance atthese meetings is part of Madressa routine, and teachers arerequested to make every effort to do so.

    3. There is a staffroom for the Gents and plans are underway to arrange a

    staffroom for Ladies.

    4. Teachers can also visit the Madressa Office in the annex for copies oftimetables, circulars or to meet Administration members for anyqueries.

    5. In addition to the above, a full contact list of members of staff isavailable in this handbook and is also available on request from theOffice or via e-mail.

    6. The Madressa maintains its own website at www.madressa.net. Thesite contains all the Madressa notes as well as several other items ofinterest to teachers. The page is accessed regularly from all over theworld and you are requested to contribute ideas and material to add tothe site.

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    Requirements of the Madressa Teacher

    By joining the Madressa, the teacher undertakes to teach their chosen subjectto the best of their ability, by following the laid down syllabus of the Madressa.There should be no deviation from the syllabus without the expresspermission of the Head of Department.

    Teachers should adhere to the highest code of conduct so as to set anexample to the students both within the Madressa and outside. TheMadressas motto is Teach by Actions rather than Words.

    Time Keeping and AttendanceThe Madressa runs from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm on Sundays as per ourCalendar. Before undertaking to teach a class, teachers are requested to

    ensure that they will be able to attend throughout the year.Teachers must arrive in good time, preferably 9.45 am and be in class toreceive the students. They should leave promptly at the end of the lesson, sothat the next teacher has the full-allotted time.

    In cases of unavoidable absenteeism, the Head of Department should beinformed well in advance so that adequate cover can be arranged. The

    Administration team should also be sent a copy email to inform them of theabsence, sent to [email protected]

    Teachers teaching in the last lesson should bring thei