Responding to Students’ Disturbance

As the teacher was writing the topic on the board, some students made loud rude noise. The teacher became mad and punished the whole class because he could not figure out who the culprit was. This manner of disciplining the students usually causes more problems than it meant to solve. As a result of this collective punishment rather than investigating, trouble makers will continue to get their way easily. It is not uncommon to have students who cause unnecessary distraction because they are not interested in subject or may be they are simply  not serious.

I was contemplating the disadvantages of this method of reacting to students’ distraction. In effect it is unjust to punish the whole class for a crime committed by few. It might also negatively impact innocent students who may develop resentment for the teacher. It might even further lead to transferring annoyance to another circumstance where these students may develop hatred for the teacher’s subject.

In effect in this chaotic situation, time will be wasted and syllabus might not be completed on time which will eventually affect students overall performance. Does it mean that such teachers who respond to students’ misbehavior by collective may have put up a lack of leadership behavior from the onset and therefore lost the students’ respect? Or is it as a consequence of not understanding of students’ psychology?

Emerging from this scenario, I think as teachers we should find ways and methods of responding to students’ disturbance that will not be counter productive. So if students immediately initiate distraction at the beginning of the lesson, what should be our response?  Execute collective punishment or to ignore them completely and go ahead with the lesson? For me I prefer lay a solid foundation for what is acceptable and unacceptable for the very first day I meet my students. I usually let them know what would be the consequence of any violation. Setting down principle initially helps prevent future problems. A teacher must try to maintain a thin line between rigidity and flexibility i.e. he or she must not be too flexible or too rigid in dealing with students.

It will be very much appreciated if you could mention in the comment section about your experience on how to deal with students’ disturbance and misbehavior.

Giving Thanks for Great-Grandparents

Last Wednesday ,my sister has a great celebration in her School .By the way,my sister is a teacher of Maths. I ask her” why did you make that celebration for grandmothers ?.She replied” we make this for two reasons.

The first one is to thank our grandmothers and to show them that they are still living in our hearts .They are still playing an important rules in our life.

The second one ,is to teach our students and remind them of the rights of their parents and grandmothers .But now lets discuss the rights of parents and Grandparents

”  The rights of parents are:

  • Do not give them any trouble or harm, even though there may be some excess on their part.
  • Honour and respect them, verbally and by deed (action).
  • Completely obey and serve them in all those things permitted by Shari’ at.
  • If they are in need, then serve them with your wealth and money, even if they be kaafirs (unbelievers).

Rights of Grandparents

The rights of your grandparents according to Shariat are exactly the same as those of your parents, (whether they be living or have passed away). Therefore as you fulfill your parent’s rights so too must you regard your grandparent’s rights.

Similar is the case that your mother’s brothers and sisters are like your mother; and your father’s brothers and sisters are like your father in regard to their rights.

Helping all achieve literacy

In an adult education class of old women; a ninety-two year old demonstrated her determination to achieve literacy in an amazing way. It all started when they were in this class and taking writing lessons, and this old lady was struggling with her nervous hand to practice writing letters. The teacher taught this old lady’s handwriting was very bad so she erased it and wrote it neatly for her. This action provoked a negative reaction from the old lady who said: ” why did you erase it, I am here to learn so don’t prevent me from achieving my goal.” This scenario led me to think deeply of how we can help old and disadvantaged be people achieve literacy. In some countries there is provision for adult learning. Studies have showed that old people who are mentally active can greatly limit the effect of old age diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. By helping old people to be literate this can make them have a happy and pleasant old age because they would be able to live in the current world. I have seen old people who are literate enjoy ready newspapers and daily events and actively participating in lively discussion of current issues. This in effect is a solution to boredom which usually affects old illiterate people.

In this regard, instead of neglecting old people in isolation we should try to involve them to be more productive in society. Helping these people to achieve literacy will be quite a valuable effort. This so because you might find some old people with great wisdom and experience in life; and they could be able to transmit these to succeeding generation. Furthermore, we should not deprive these people from a better life in old age or prevent those with strong determination like the old lady we mentioned above from achieving their goal of literacy. If anyone has any suggestion of how to help old and disadvantaged people achieve literacy don’t hesitate to include in the comment section.

How Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated around the world?

Eid-ul-Adha is  the  Muslim festival that marks the end of the pilgrimage to Makkah  known as Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice,”and it commemorates Abraham’s faith and devotion to God. According to Muslim belief God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, and although he was a good man and loved his son; his faith and devotion to God was strong enough that he would accommodate God’s request. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son for God caused God to spare his son’s life, and a lamb was sacrificed in his place.

Eid-ul-Adha is a sacred Muslim holiday that is celebrated around the world with prayer, sacrifice, and food.

In the United States many Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha by going to morning prayers at a mosque instead of eating breakfast. After the morning prayers they have a feast with their family and friends, and they enjoy being together and sharing.

In Egypt Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated by morning prayers and feasting, but it is referred to as “Eid el-Kibr.” Morning prayers at a mosque and a sermon are the tradition of Muslims during this holiday, and after their prayers they meet with their friends and family for a celebratory feast. During this Muslim holiday the wealthy and charity organizations give beef and other foods to the poor in honor of the sacrifice associated with this holiday.

Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated as a 4 day event in Pakistan;  During this holiday stores are closed, and Muslims attend morning prayers and a sermon. After this Muslims will attend a great feast, and those who can afford it will sacrifice an animal to honor god, and they will share the meat with their friends, family, and the poor.
In Morocco Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated as a 3 day festival, and it is celebrated similarly to other locations. The morning starts with prayers and a sermon at the local mosque, and a sacrifice of a cow, ram, or lamb is made after the sermon and prayers. The meat from the sacrifice is distributed among the poor people of the area, and a feast is has among friends and family.

During Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh it is mandatory that an animal is sacrificed, and the animal’s age and health is important. An unhealthy animal is considered an imperfect sacrifice. The sacrifices start during morning prayers, and they continue for three days during Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh. Feasts and prayers are similar in Bangladesh as they are in many other countries, except the sacrifice is extremely important.Eid-ul-Adha is a special time for Muslims around the world; it is a time where they honor God by showing their faith and devotion through sacrifice, feast, and prayer. This Muslim holiday is celebrated around the world, and some traditions are slightly different, but the devotion and honor of God remains the same during Eid-ul-Adha around the world.

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