How we approach teaching

At IQRA Education, we believe every learner is unique and our mission is to cater to every individual’s needs. A learner-centered approach is essential for students to develop a sophisticated cognitive behaviour. This approach teaches students to think, solve problems, evaluate evidence, analyze arguments and generate hypothesis-skills that are essential for the holistic development of students. This approach also encourages collaboration and independent thinking which are essential life-skills.

Assessments are an integral part of teaching and learning. A combination of formative and summative assessments ensure that students have acquired the knowledge/skills required and are ready to set targets for the next academic year.

As part of AFL practices, we believe in sharing learning goals so that the students know precisely what they are going to learn and what outcomes are expected.

Think-pair-share activities and group discussions are great ways of activating students as learning resources for each other. Not only do students learn from each other, but also find these activities stimulating and enjoyable. Effective classroom discussions promote thinking and create a very positive learning environment.

It’s very essential to activate students as owners of their own learning. Students need to know that a teacher can support and guide them, along with being responsible for their own learning. All this goes a long way in making our students life-long achievers.

Our Curriculums

The Oxford School and The Apple International School follow the British Curriculum.

What is the British Curriculum?

The British Curriculum (adapted to local requirements) is used by international schools around the world and it allows students to move easily into all the educational systems. The curriculum is delivered through the medium of English – leading to the worldwide recognized qualifications of IGCSE and AS/A2 (A levels). This is a broad and balanced curriculum covering all the major arts, sciences and humanities subjects and is taught in 150 countries across the world.

The curriculum develops specific skills and competencies but also emphasises critical thinking, enquiry, creativity, planning and other skills needed to meet the challenges of a changing world.

Key features:

* Popular in international schools world wide

* Broad, balanced and student centred

* Includes regular national benchmarking

* Culminates in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education, AS and A level certification

* Recognised by universities worldwide

We also provide statutory courses in Arabic and Islamic Education according to UAE requirements from Year 1 to Year 12 we provide for Arabs as well as Non-Arabs.

Our other two schools, The Indian Academy, Dubai and The Indian Academy, Sharjah are based on The Indian Curriculum mainly CBSE Board (Central Board of Secondary Education).

What is The Indian Curriculum? The Central board of Secondary education is the largest education provider in India and is internationally recognized. The CBSE curriculum is designed and developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, and prepares students for the All India CBSE Secondary Schools Examination at age 16 – end of grade 10.

This curriculum helps to develop the individual strengths of our pupils, stirring their imagination, making them explorers of the realms of the mind and the spirit. It is widely acknowledged for the strength of its academic programme.

Key features:

* Highly respected national and regional systems

* Strong focus on academics

* Covers wide ability range

* Tried and tested methodology

* Growing acceptance for university entrance worldwide

Student teacher interaction
We at IQRA Education believe that classrooms are important settings where teaching and learning occur through interaction between teachers and students. As this is a complicated process and is affected by peer and group relationships the interactions and relationships between teachers and students are top most priority. These interactions and relationships, as they work side by side, constitute the group processes of the classroom. Group processes are especially significant in twenty-first century schools. Group processes are also significant in modern global communities, where all of us must work together for a safe and secure world. Thus, along with teaching academic curriculum, teachers are expected to help students develop the attitudes, skills, and procedures of a community.
The teacher student interaction at IQRA education aims to create three most important support systems:
Emotional support for our children helps develop supportive relationships, experience enjoyment and excitement in the classroom. Moreover they feel comfortable in the classroom and experience appropriate levels of independence. Creating positive climate in the classrooms helps to develop the emotional connection between teachers and students and their peers. The teacher is sensitive towards the academic and emotional needs of our children. Our interactions place an importance on students’ interests and motivations.
Classroom support for our children is key in helping our children develop skills to regulate their own behavior, get the most learning out of each school day, and maintain interest in learning activities. The teachers monitor, prevent and redirect misbehavior. The classroom runs with respect to routines, provide activities and directions so that maximum time is spent on learning activities. The teacher further engages the student in activities and facilitates student led activities so that learning opportunities are maximized.
Instructional support by the teachers aims to support students’ cognitive development and growth. The teacher uses instructional discussions and activities to promote HOTS (higher – order thinking skills) and cognition and stay away from focus on rote instruction. The teachers expand the participation of the students and provide the opportunity to learn through feedback. The teachers stimulate, facilitate and encourage students to interact in every way possible.
Parent Teacher interaction
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