The Role of Teachers in Building a Formidable Generation

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Edris Khamissa

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What are the necessary skills a teacher must possess to impact on young minds of our generation. How does he/she infuse creativity into his teachings and be more than a 4-wall teacher.

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So there are a few points on dimensioned. inshallah, to discuss this particular matter, one of my

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clear objectives in life and hope is

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the book will be entitled, Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam the profit of creativity,

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the profit of creativity. And I'm sure when you think about this, I'm sure when you reflect on the seeder

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did he display creativity? Yes or no?

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Yes or no? He did right now give me about four or five examples of his creativity. why I'm saying that to you, because you got to understand and I say this to all of you, one of the most critical things for any person being a teacher being involved in any organization, the skill that is necessary is being creative.

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Because a creative person is solution driven. a creative person is a person that thinks outside the box, a creative person is a person that gives people hope, a creative person does not give up right. So you need to play examples very quickly, of his creativity.

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First in

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Medina, brothers and sisters in Islam,

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upon even before he became a prophet,

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the Bible was abused.

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And there was a serious problem among the tribal chiefs has to move on less or less the last week. And he was he was called upon

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that he was he put the artwork on his books that he read and met all the details to move or take me back to where it needs to be.

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Unless you displace

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the bedroom, another example, isn't it and remember this, no matter what fate what background you come from, creativity is a very significant thing. Very, very critical thing. Just to show of hands, how many of you are teachers, teachers,

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your teachers, most of you are eating right.

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Now

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is

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the same for the world is changed a lot.

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Isn't it right now?

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For the sake of Allah, Allah

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I likey.

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I call my wife Chabot Polina.

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Okay, now, you got to understand

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that we are speaking at a time with the rapid changes, along with the life of children has changed radically, with the father and mother normal, the moral authority, we are teaching at a time with our own minds bleeding, where humanity itself is bleeding. So what you need is a

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a person that is dynamic, a person that is inspirational, we should look up to you and say, I want to be like this teacher, a teacher

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who makes my lessons relevant is teaching me for a world that I have no idea what's going to be like in the future is giving me life skills. You understand? He's teaching me about life and about living, is unleashing my potential. He's giving me self belief is teaching me about emotional intelligence, the dynamic relationships that I'm going to be exposed to, I want to be like him.

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And remember this. Each of the points I made, I could talk about it for hours. So I have no doubt you'll be able to tweak it, elaborate upon it.

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A very important thing is that

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students do not like peaks that are predictable,

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predictable. They say, Oh, no, it's the first day of school, I know what he's going to do tomorrow,

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then you have lost it. Now, the significance about not being predictable, but being reliable. I'm not saying you know what I'm saying that you mustn't be predictable, did not push out when you come to school tomorrow is another matter. Now I'm going to just share something with you.

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fundamental things

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any person, even a person that is speaking, please, the Greeks speak about ethos, logos, and pathos in his

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credibility do you have? Why should I listen to you?

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Why should I listen to you?

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Why should I believe you? Why?

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When they learn, that you're a person of character, when they learn, you write books, when they learn, you make a contribution to society. They say, Hey, he is an authority. I must disagree yes or no. Right? Now, for example, I say this yet, not because I'll be sending an autograph or whatever. Right? Write? For example, I've conducted workshops in the countries that, right, so when I say that, I'm an author.

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I produce

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television program. See, he was someone who was listen to it sooner.

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Agree. So the first thing is that ethos, right? The next thing is, is that when you are presenting things to students that look at a teacher is presenting the facts in a unique way. He has researched it, he thought about it, he is presenting it in a beautiful way. He's sharing some things that I've never come across before.

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He thought about is connecting it to my world as it were, right. Okay. That's the logos. And the pathos payoff is the most important thing. They say, true speaker, a public speaker is able to connect with the hearts of people

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with the heart is an emotional connection. And how do you do it through storytelling,

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to start sharing anecdotes, like making things alive, and also learning the art of a storyteller, using your senses, not saying one day but seeing the poll this morning, at nine o'clock, the sky was green,

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handsome man with a Blackberry.

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You shake your head.

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Okay, you're actually able to do that to stimulate the mind.

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Now, this is a very important aspect.

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A true educator. A dynamic educator is a person that is able to motivate, who will not blame society or the home for the kids, but be able to connect the hearts and then come on by the teacher. We've got a sage on the stage but a guy on the side.

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The greatest impact we have on students is what you speak to them on a one to one basis

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to stories with you that in my own life. Now I want you to think about your own teachers. I

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had a favorite teacher. I'm sure you had a favorite teacher. You did.

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You didn't put your hands up you either don't understand English.

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The nurse said that the maternity ward PhD students.

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I want to ask you this.

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I want you think about that. Tell me What do you remember about this teacher? Your teacher? What do you remember? like walking up and down? You know walking up and down? Why? Can anyone tell me why?

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why you're walking up in

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my mind moving

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working right now. Okay, think about give me Tell me about your favorite teacher. Come on.

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Come on.

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Come in a few

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people asked me, I travel throughout the world. I like to speak to I say I like to speak to Nigerians. You know why? They are animated? They give you feedback. I look at your faces yet. You're looking very, very serious.

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You're even looking constipated?

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You're looking very depressed.

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Angry? What am I doing here?

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Smile.

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Smile, smile, smile, smile.

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Look at each other smile.

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And then tell your friend next door. If you don't have a friend speak your split personality. Tell your friend I like it.

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You say I love it.

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Yes, yes. Right now. So

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feedback

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about your favorite teacher, a

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teacher was my chemistry teacher. And it was because if I didn't understand anything,

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she would actually call me me down and explain to me one on one. And I remember a time when we were on the

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group.

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And she told all of us.

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And we all down. And everybody wanted to give an excuse why they were late. And she said, I don't listen to anybody. I put my hand up, but I have something to say. And she said, okay, you speak. And I gave my reason. And she said, okay, you can go to the class.

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She said, it's because I trust you. And I would not be late for my class without a good reason.

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Unless you're, you're forgotten. Now, you know, maybe you're in school in 1840. Something you don't

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remember, you know, you can forget sometimes you can forget sometimes.

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My favorite teacher was my

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French teacher when I was in grade nine. Before that, I hated French.

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This teacher came from France. I was fresh from France. And

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when he goes to the class, he will touch me on polygamy I am following

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the fact that he was protecting me

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because of that.

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Come on, come on, come on.

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If you think suddenly I become your favorite teacher say don't be shy.

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Don't hold back. Don't hold back. Don't let yourself go out

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to choose Yeah.

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from primary school secondary, but I had one lecturer at the university. His name is Professor.

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He puts a very good one.

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And because of you know the

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students and you can't even approach

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to explain from history, but it's how it was always there for us is principal is always there for us to guide us. And luckily for me, as a chaplain, I was just praying my, our society

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as a brilliant student, how lucky I happen to be.

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So this one was made on a sabbatical. He actually gave us

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breakfast lunch at lunch.

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surprised at his willingness to show

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despite

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very wide

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level, regardless to so much.

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Even from today, I'm still looking for

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anyone else come on

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come on, come on. Come on. Yes, yes, yes.

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Oh,

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I think I should be like

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to be

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so why don't we

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find

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you

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doing

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today

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you may

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be

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Mr. Lauer

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entrance exam.

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I must tell you this.

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I asked this question throughout the world. Very few people tell me they liked the picture because it was hardworking. They say we liked him because he had a sense of humor. He made it meaningful. He cared about us. He walked the proverbial extra mile. He gave us hope you understand? He made lessons relevant, do a meaningful

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majority. They were compassionate. They became it became a self belief.

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Now I'll be sharing with you

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two instance. Like when I was at school, I was a very naughty boy. What was I

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say naughty naughty naughty.

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naughty naughty, naughty.

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Naughty, naughty, naughty.

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Naughty boy. So now

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when our deselected metric, right, we

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match Teacher

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He was met with me, I had the lowest class, four out of 50 for the first control case after the first term.

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Because I had no marks on my sheet and admin incorrectly spelt it. They gave me four marks. He said to me Cammisa a mess with you. I'm taking you to the office.

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Don't do this

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to make funny faces.

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Now, I want you to escape the rocks of the Hickey.

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headmaster

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and I did muster was a messy game. So

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I told the headmaster I say Excuse me, sir, how I hope you and my

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teacher better use. You should have been my teacher. So he told the teacher, you see this boy's interested, maybe you need to look at the way you are teaching.

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Now,

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now I'm walking back to the class, I'm walking back to the class and outside the class, his teacher tells me this

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and this little conversation

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outside the class have a great impact. He said, Idris, you are the brightest boy in this class. I said You mean it? He says yes.

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That student to get 90% we cannot understand. But not you said you mean it's a second week. That was a tipping point for me.

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That conversation, the other one was, these are my name is Malika, the CSP,

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DSP and inspiration. Now, when I was in grade 10,

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or 14 years old, I had a teacher of English, he should read my essays, you know, the mistakes Nicholas is a lot nicer.

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I cannot complain to my father, because my father said to the teacher, the flesh is yours, the bones are mine.

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And I thought, honestly, I honestly my father was giving them good Barney meat without the bones in my name. Anyway, I could not complain. The next year, I was sitting at the back of the class and added new teachers

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in our province, that I'm not a student of English.

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So, next to me, we have a poem called God's grant here, what was the cause?

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And next to me, was God's grant here. And he was indeed a

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beautiful girl. So I was taking a vital science, you see, she's alive. And well, you know, when I was pinching your cheeks pulling a

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father was sick, my daughter was next to you know, so I was pulling my hair, you know, doing all these things the teacher notice, or not paying attention? Then he said to me, you're a naughty boy. I said, No.

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He said to me, I'm not leaving the class, until you give me your interpretation of the last line at the bottom. And you know me.

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If you do not give me your interpretation, I will give you the cold shoulder. Do you want the cold shoulder from yes and no, no. So I gave an answer to get you off my back. He said the class. He said to me, that's the most brilliant answer I ever heard in his life. And he told me, please, please repeat what you said. People stick it down. Then he called me threes. You see you have the ability. Give yourself a chance. Even next class when my cousin was there. He said the class this interpretation is for me this. That was a tipping point. From that day onwards, I began to read voraciously.

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I could. I did things I became more confident speaker. Nine years later, I became the chairman of the Indian society of South Africa.

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So I know what it is. Now it's very important. We see

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this in a study that was done to test creativity.

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kids between the ages of three and five with just

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85% just creative geniuses 85% the same children who went through the school life when they were

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around 13 to 15 years old, the percentage the same children went down to 32%. So what they concluded that the homes and the schools kill creativity.

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When someone tells me

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that he is a creative teacher, I have a problem. I said the fact that you are teaching means you are creative.

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Creativity is not something you add on an embellishment on a day.

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We need to create a way in a way that

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has

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the only effect

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the teacher

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is the teacher you understand

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right. Now, the other aspect, we speak about very, very quickly right is this I want to ask you this question

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and something that I used to try to do, whenever I was in the class, I regard teachers as educators

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and you

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you cannot

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you cannot, for example, in a study that was done in another study that was done

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in this study, they, they want to know how students learn,

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students learn

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to lecture

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15% to really

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be presented

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by

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presentation 50% by group discussion 75% by 95% by teaching it to others. So, that

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is true, how did the Sahaba learn? When they learn anything, they internalize it, they practice it and authority to other people, yes or no? Right now?

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Raise your hands. Do you think your lessons are relevant to children Yes or no?

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When they listen to you, you're giving them an understanding of the world around them.

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That when you need them, you're able to one piece the potential for

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each other. I'm gonna talk a few minutes. Are there any questions?

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Any questions?

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Please

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don't go to the carpark and say you know

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I don't know man Any questions?

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No questions.

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Okay, there are no questions continue. Now remember this

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should be some attributes every teacher should have

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what are some attributes you think they should have some qualities? They should have commanded?

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by

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this method

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he or she must be approachable, very good. They must be approachable very good. I like it. Yes.

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They must have empathy Yes.

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Yes, yes. You must be patient but the patient Yes.

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Motivation must be motivated Yes, yes. Next come on come on, sis. Yes, we are in my system. I don't hear your voices.

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Tensions basically okay the brothers

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Yes, come on. Yes.

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But we are all model Yes.

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Dynamic Yes.

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You don't mind me.

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Okay.

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He should be a must have a subject master be something

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flexible. Right. Like

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a teacher.

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Right. Yes.

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To try to be able to go around this last

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Namaste

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the list is very important, he

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must understand the experience of children, he must know them.

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He must understand that each child is unique, that when you are teaching, he

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was talking to me when

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he spoke, he knew each of the, the psyche of each individual

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was

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predictable, know how often many gather them together, he asked if he can do now What brought you here today? Do you know? And when he asked, he asked a question, he waited, why did he wait? Because he wants your mind to get active?

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When you ask the question rhetorical questions. And remember this, a teacher must pursue excellence.

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A teacher must have an understanding of himself must understand the psychology of learning.

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He must have a relationship with Allah, he must know the Prophet sallallahu Sallam no matter what your faith is, you understand that even in your silences, you are indifferent, even in your silences.

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This is the profession, but the most demanding profession, the teacher never knows with influence can stop it can affect the destiny of the child.

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We can even affect the destiny of the child. The other thing is, is we teach who we are, how

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we teach who we are.

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So if you want to have an impact, do you sell reformation? shave yourself? And you're inspired?

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Right? These are very important qualities that you need to possess. He said, Okay. Now, the next thing is that when you belong to any institution without the school, you must have a vision.

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You must have a vision.

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Why is it important to have a vision? Why? Why?

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Yes.

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To focus, regardless of struggles and challenges.

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If you focus in it, then you see every day when it will step 30. towards that vision. Yes. The main reason of having a vision is to achieve your goals and objectives. Absolutely, absolutely. Now to find great teachers and not hide bound by textbook.

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Many teachers look at the textbook as a source of all the knowledge. Know,

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a great teacher is able to inspire learners to do amongst other things to understand the textbook.

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Right, what else come on? Why should we have a vision?

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You have to set the direction for your life. Yes, give you some direction. Okay. Anyone else?

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Right now, the next thing is

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to manage your time

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to manage your time.

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You must make sure you utilize the property right. What Yes, yes. What Anyone else? So it's very, very important. You cannot thank God Almighty for the fact that you belong to this profession.

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Because you can have a profound impact in changing kids, giving them hope, giving them self belief, saying you can do it. You must do it. Right now what is more important encouragement of faith? Should you encourage your children or praise them? What should you do what's more important

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Remember this? There was a study that was done.

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They wrote, what did they write? What did they write? Yes, you make sure you are listening.

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Okay, then what happened?

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Teacher, one teacher was told you praise your class. equals and you're like geniuses, you're so bright.

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And the other teacher was told, I want you to encourage the kids. He says, guys, you know what a guy's wanted. But let's see what we can do to keep on improving and do better. He told them, okay, they got all of the students together, they asked him now we are going to write another case, which is more difficult than this test. How many of you want to write those children that were praised? did not want to write Why?

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Put them up in the sky, isn't it? The bubble is gonna burst. But those

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what do they do?

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They want to participate. Very important. And as a teacher, you could be away but be vigilant. The dua that I make. When I walk into a class, the prayer, I said, oh, God Almighty, show me the unhappy child. How to see the unhappy child, a true test of a great teacher with when students share the fears and the doubts. A great teacher is able to respond to the fears and the doubts.

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When they ask questions. Now, there was one person who won the Nobel Prize for Physics, I think it was, then they asked him

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what do you attribute your success?

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He said, my mother, your mother, how come? He said, because many mothers ask the children? What did you learn today? But my mother had a different question for me. She asked me what question did ask me that.

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Question is great.

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50% of knowledge comes from good questions. Your children must learn to ask questions.

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They need to be critical consumers, they need to ask questions, interrogate the mistake I've sent you. These are very, very important. Okay, right.

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Now, what is important is this, when you belong to an institution, like this new horizons school, you got to ask yourself, what is our vision? How do I translate the vision? How can I make sure it can meet all aspects in terms of my relationship with children?

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My relationship with Allah, my relationship, my relationship, my relationship?

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What am I doing? Right? Second, very important. You could ask yourself, why do organizations me? What are the reasons why organizations fail, they fail, many when the vision is fuzzy. It fades when people forget about the vision. It fails, when there is no teamwork. It fails when the leaders themselves do not reflect that vision. It fails when teachers themselves or people are not champions of that vision.

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isn't much meetings, motivation, so on and so forth. So is very, very important. You need to do that. And I want to just say this to you.

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I cannot

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do you love what you do?

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For you to stay with the midnight one of

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the books.

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It gives you joy

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for you to pray for your children, for you to show concern for each one of them. For you at the time of break, call one of our students and say I'm gonna talk to you.

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I'm worried about

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the right profession.

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If you hate

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if you hate self improvement, you do not like excellence, then I recommend you work in watching

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because you are toxic otherwise. Because remember this. If you influence one child to become a leader, that person can transform the life.

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I remember our

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In this lesson

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Why do you teach

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students

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words

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do not say

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summarize.

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As a teacher,

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organization, these know

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you cannot make the same mistakes

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you can make the best in the world can you be the best in the world as individuals can you be the best?

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what's holding you back? You know I show you seen this

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this video clip.

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This guy's name is Kyle may not

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have may not.

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His parents have no idea.

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When he's

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going to be born, he'll have no arms and legs. Listen Medicare. The scan never showed them.

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He was not born with arms and legs. But they treated him like a normal child.

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Right?

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The same Kyle menar is going to gym

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is what is a wrestling champion

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is first that he fight fights enough. Not only that, he drives, he writes. Not only that, he climbed up Mount Kilimanjaro

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climbed up Mount Kilimanjaro. Not only that, he climbed up also the highest peak in South America. And because you've got no arms and legs,

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crawled up, crawled up.

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I show it to my people and

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then ask them, What is your experience?

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Our

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negative thinking

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is me.

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Jessica.

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Jessica, also cheese,

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no arms, but she's got legs.

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She is a martial arts champion. She is a certified pilot.

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She writes the code. She's a motivational speaker, I show that people may say what's holding you back. So when you walk into the class, when you walk into a class, you might say, hey, there's something different about the teacher today. These are spirit and energy.

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But we accept that.

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Very importantly, the worst? No, I remember years ago, I was really excited nervous. One person was asked, tell me, how do you teach is rapido I first tell them what I'm going to tell them. Then I tell them then they tell me what I told them.

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At that time, I see such a boring person.

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Your introduction, your introduction must be dynamic they see for a speaker, your introduction must be dynamic, even more dynamic.

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The purpose of an introduction is to stimulate interest to

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entice

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children to listen to

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you.

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So I'm gonna give you some words. Right some words I'm gonna give you he said okay, and

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remember is that okay?

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Don't write down.

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so naughty.

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See?

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Anyway, give me some words like the word

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three

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bedroom

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73

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questions.

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color code

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what was the first word I said?

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How many of you will also remember?

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Remember, how many of you remember what

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generally speaking, if people remember this

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and I want you to reflect the best feedback you get from your own students, ask them to do a critique. What would they do differently? Okay, ask them do they do they find your lessons meaningful? They say no, don't get upset with them.

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Okay, have a sense of humor. You must have a citizen

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Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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salam aleikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh

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thank Allah for the opportunity to meet shake it again. It's been about six years since he was here last.

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Yes.

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But sometimes it feels as if it was no more than about a year or two ago. Fortunately, I think Salaam myself met him again in South Africa.

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Just last year, a lot has changed.

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And that's the world we live in. But one of the things I really appreciate with increased camisa is his deliberate attempt

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to be close to his audience, and to not lose the child in him.

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to not lose play,

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to not get too serious about life

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and treat it as if it's supposed to be boring academics. He brings fun into things and may God help that fun, continue to remain infectious. May we all

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the people who are students would also say I like it.

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I like it.

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I love it.

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class students.

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We come to the end of this presentation. We thank amissah for his time, he will be going back to Abuja today for a program there and the program that carries on for the weekend. We pray Allah to take him safely to bless this time their journey. His wife unfortunately had to undergo surgery. She was supposed to come with him. We pray a lot to continue to give her strength

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and just bless the entire family. So Elena will Karim

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Allah Allah Muhammad Allah amasa later live Rahim Allah and Ibrahim roboticle.

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Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato sulamani in our lives,

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we pray Allah to continue to bless all of us, bless our knowledge, bless our growth, improve our ability to positively influence the children that are under us and through that inshallah, we have positive influence on Nigeria and the world.

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We pray God to continue to forgive us for our mistakes and lapses, continue to give us the encouragement and support to make this a part of our waking paradise.

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Shadow La ilaha illa Allah subhana

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wa salam alaikum Welcome to reliability I mean as salaam alaikum