Virtual Learning and Ramadan Hours
After Ramadan began on Friday 24th April, many people are considering its impact on virtual learning for their children. The government has already announced revised hours for schools so many families will have started different schedules this week. For parents and children who will be fasting, it is even more important to make the most out of online learning and structure the day to maximise retention and avoid fatigue. To help you navigate the Holy Month, and understand what it will be like for Muslims, here is our handy guide on top tips.
Manage your Expectations
Fasting, particularly at the beginning and end of Ramadan, can take its toll. Even throughout the Holy Month, those fasting can face tough days where it is difficult to concentrate or they can feel easily frustrated. With so much going on in the world right now, there are plenty of new sources of stress that can exacerbate this feeling. Parents, teachers and students who are fasting shouldn’t feel bad about having less productive days. Teachers should understand that there may be some days that are harder than others for their students, particularly if they are fasting for the first time. Know when to take a break or even to end the day, so they can rest up and be refreshed for tomorrow.
Timings and Attention
With reduced hours for schools and virtual learning in place, teachers need to be even more aware of how best to engage with their students. Short, highly-interactive sessions will help to hold their attention and maximise their understanding of the materials being presented. Teachers should look at how they can really bring their lessons to life online. Children thrive in environments that fuel their interest and an immersive project could be fantastic for focusing their attention.
In our wonderfully diverse schools, you will no doubt have children of different faiths and cultures in your classroom. Whether any of them are fasting or not, it might be a good time to connect them to what Ramadan is all about. Consider ways to discuss the history behind it, similar practices in other religions and the importance of it to Islam. Maybe you could engage your students in ways they can help those in need during these difficult times?
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