The buzz in Islamic education is all about the space – the Islamic learning space.
More than the posters on the wall, the space encompasses all the sights, the sounds and even the smells of the classroom that serve to create an engaging Islamic learning environment.
Following one of the key principles of Islamic pedagogy as taught in our program, “The learning environment is sacred, disciplined, caring, and functional,” Dr Seema Imam – a veteran educator and personal mentor, also touches upon the other six principles as a way to achieve a holistic approach to developing an engaging, dynamic and student-centered classroom. A nuanced approach achieved through a deep understanding of Islamic pedagogy, and years of training and experience.
In this 40 minute interview, Dr Seema provides us with three vantage points critical to creating an authentic Islamic learning environment:
- An Outsider looking in
- The Teacher
- The Student
In addition to this, Dr Seema elaborates on:
- Student engagement with Islam, Quran and the Prophet
- Becoming reflective practitioners and encouraging reflection in students
- How to become an effective teacher
- Process and strategy of classroom setup, implementation and delivery
- Building our own learning environments and attitudes
- Teacher character as a religious responsibility
- The classroom as a community of belonging
Wishing you a beneficial listen!