Science Fair Success in the Making

Our school science fair is just around the corner. It’s a fun and exciting time for everyone, and gives us as parents and teachers a chance to really see the creativity of our children.  Much time is spent in teaching skills for success – skills that apply not only to this event, but to many other real-life circumstances in the future.

If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of the free ebook, 10 Insider Secrets to Science Fair Success, go to classroomkeys.com, fill in your name and email address and it will be sent to you immediately.   It will show you step by step what judges are looking for, and how to give a project a leading edge.   You’ll learn about how to take a common idea and make it into a winning one, and what’s important to include in a project’s presentation. You’ll find things here that definitely don’t show up in regular science fair project books.  And, for those students who will be representing our school at the regional fair, these tips are a must.

Check back here soon to meet our Science Fair winners and see a few pictures of their outstanding projects.  We’ll give you an update about them in a few days.

And if you have the chance, come visit our fair live and in person.  It will take place this coming Thursday, March 12 throughout the school day.  You may just be amazed at what you see!

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Begin Your Day in the Very Best Way

The first few minutes of the day set the tone for the next many hours you spend with your students, so it’s important to make them outstanding. Add blessings from the start with Suratul Fatihah (click on the image to read the verse in English, in Arabic or with transliteration).

Suratul Fatihah joins us together from the very start, reinforcing the unity among us. Sitting in a circle on the floor close to one another when we recite joins us physically and spiritually as well. These words are used to begin the Qur’an, so if Allah uses them to start what He has to say, shouldn’t we? We use these words to ask Allah to protect us and help us throughout the day. We ask Him to guide us to the right path and help us walk together as a team, strengthening one another.

Discipline problems melt away quickly just by reminding students of this surah and some related hadiths when children conflict with one another. In this way children go home happy at the end of the day and pass these positive feelings along to their parents and siblings, too.

And what better reward is there as a teacher to know that you have brought both your students and their families closer to Allah today?

By Ferial Daher

And so we begin…

Welcome to Classroom Keys.

If you haven’t yet done so, take a quick look on the next page and read what this is all about.  If you’re an educator in an elementary or secondary classroom, or an administrator at either level as well, you’ll find some very valuable information on this site that will make your educational career just what you’ve always wanted.

I’ll bet you just can’t wait to get started.  Enjoy!

By Sonia Dabboussi