How much? How often? How relevant?

  • Only assign what’s necessary to augment instruction. If you can get sufficient information by assigning only five problems, then don’t assign fifty.
  • Focus on practice and review. Give students a chance to try new material, further practice skills they have recently learned, and review something they already know.
  • Take students’ age into consideration when determining the amount of homework to assign. Recommendations from “Helping Your Students With Homework: A Guide for Teachers,” published by the U.S. Department of Education, lists the following:
    • Grades 1-3: up to 20 minutes a night
    • Grades 4-6: 20-40 minutes a night…

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  • Start a lesson plan notebook or journal. Some days your lessons will surpass your expectations; other days, you‘ll wonder what went wrong. Create a notebook with copies of your lesson plans and two sets of worksheets. Keep notes on what works and what doesn’t, writing directly on the lesson plan or one copy of the worksheet. When you go back to revise or recreate lessons for the next school year, you will have a good record of what worked—and what you can build on.
  • Don’t sell your class short. Avoid telling your class “This is easy,” “This will be fun,”…

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 ‘Be picky’ and 24 other great tips for teachers on how to manage a classroom
(By Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP)

While an education reform policy debate becomes ever more furious around the country, teachers still have to teach every day. Here, from, are 25 great tips to help teachers keep their classrooms in control. The most brilliant teacher can’t help kids learn if he/she can’t manage the classroom.

Whether you’re a new or experienced teacher, strategies for effective classroom management are vital to keeping your class running smoothly and creating a positive learning environment. In this guide you’ll find the 25 best tips for classroom management contributed by the educators of Edutopia’s community.


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About AMS South Africa

The Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) was launched in March 1989 at the Lockhat Islamia School (Al Falaah College) in Durban. Principals and members of the Board of Governors of Habibiya Islamic College, Lockhat Islamia College, Roshnee Muslim School, As­-Salaam, Lenasia Muslim School and Nur-ul-Islam School came together to form this association.

The need was felt to establish an organization to advise Muslim Schools and help them in their development at all levels.


To provide a range of quality services which will enable our schools to deliver an Islamically based-education of the highest standard and quality.

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