To Inspire is to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

As a Madrassah teacher, you can inspire your pupils to achieve their goals. You can inspire them to have faith in themselves, to grow, learn and develop into confident, respectful Muslims with good characters.

Be passionate and share your passion with your pupils. An inspired teacher can inspire students.

Explain why. Madrassah pupils can lose interest when they don’t understand the point of an activity or lesson. You must be able to tell these children the beauty of your passion. The beauty of the Qur’an and of Islam.

Always study yourself. Continue studying and developing a deeper understanding and love of the Qur’an and Islam.

Be a model. Children learn more from what they see you do than what you tell them. If you teach them about adaab – good conduct, they should see you modelling good manners when they see you. Evaluate your own development as a Muslim.

Evaluate your goals. Purify intentions. Ask yourself honestly: Why are you teaching? Do it for the sake of pleasing Allah primarily.

Teach for understanding. If pupils find a topic boring, 9 times out of 10 they don’t understand it, because when you stop understanding things, you also lose interest. This is especially important when studying Qur’an

Be supportive, kind, and open. Have high expectations of your pupils, and be kind, listen to them and support them. Create a learning environment in which no pupil feels afraid to ask or answer questions and cultivate positive relationships.

Share ideas and stories where possible. Children love stories (even older children) so use where appropriate.

Foster their interests. Your pupils are individuals. Provided their ambitions are not haram, then encourage them to pursue their hobbies and believe in them. Sometimes the ones which struggle the most, end up making huge progress. Don’t limit them to one field. Talk to them!

Keep contact with parents. Wherever possible, keep contact with parents. Write notes or achievement cards telling parents of your pupil(s) achievements. As a Madrassah, an agreement between parents and Madrassah could be signed detailing roles and responsibilities of each.