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29/11/09 mtg mins by Mind Map: 29/11/09 mtg mins
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29/11/09 mtg mins

agenda

SA - intro

SA - naseeha

MA - strategic reminder

All - future direction discussion

Ideas for future course

Abu Abdullah's vision

give dawah to kids

build teachers into dai'ees

MA felt these are objectives, not goals

AL Arqam mission statement - well-rounded by 16 etc

AH - demoralising if we change this now

SA - is this feasible anymore?, we can't guarantee students staying from 6 - 16

modular

different subject on Mon, Tues, Wed?

accreditation from Al Hikma, Al Kauthar etc?

different levels

full-blown, do it for all classes in big-bang approach

compromise, Only do it with either middle or upper, not both

not make it age based

like tajweed - you're assessed and put in class, tajweed can do this because ongoing. IS is discrete and possibly can't, tajweed can take time out to test on roling basis. IS would need to test in big exercise up front, possibly having entry exam in future?

Sustainability

Need to be ready for if/when we're not here

MA said we shouldnt be too negative either, plan for success

Repeatability

SA would prefer small2/3 semester cycles repeated with emphasis on more and more teacher development as courses become easier to teach

Next Semester

Use book sets we have

need to review all and decide

teach more than one subject next semester

need to choose

Concentrate on lesson plans/activities and teaching, not cramming

requires more effort in planning from teachers

teach less, re-enforce more

requires better teachers, not easy

Do the same as last year but better

Use lessons learnt exercise

Implement easiest improvements

Constraints

number of rooms

we only have 4 or 5 good size rooms

using more rooms means more teachers

time slots

we only ahve rooms for a few hours on Saturdays

female teachers

not enough to support more classes

student turnover

cannot guarantee we will get same students over several semesters for structured course

2 hour lessons

we must fill 2 hours slots

14 week semesters

need to fit course into 9 weeks of lessons plus breaks

inadequate equipment

printers

photocopiers

art meterials

budget

not always clear what budget is

source material

what we teach needs to covered well in source materials we already have

teacher commitment and availability

not many teachers can commit to giving more hours for more classes, more prep, more admin, etc

appeal to students & parents

we need to teach somethinf that will sell the course to parents and/or students

admin

bigger course means more admin

we may need tajweed admin staff for IS

Vision

to be "oxford" of Madrassas in UK

SA - risk that growth and rep becomes niyyah, not pleasing Allah., AH/MA felt no issue

MA recommended it be quantifiable - e.g. 1000 students by X year.

Alternative - to just be best we can be - no quantifiable goals