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TABINDAH School Features That Support Effective Instruction

posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:11 PM by Usman Tariq   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 12:02 AM ]

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.  

Effective instructional practices
  • Teachers organize flexible and purposeful groups that are based on children's instructional needs.
  • Membership in these groups changes as the children progress or as they experience difficulty.
  • Teachers provide instruction that involves both frequent interactions with children and constructive feedback.
  • Children read at an appropriate level in their programs of instruction, and teachers adjust their instructional practices according to how well and how quickly the children progress.
  • In first- and second-grade classrooms, children who are having difficulty learning to read are provided with additional reading instruction in a small group or tutoring setting. In addition, before-school or after-school sessions and summer school classes are provided for all children who need extra help. Such instruction is coordinated with the programs the children are engaged in during the regular school day and based on continual and thoughtful analysis of each child's progress and needs as a reader and writer.
Sound instructional materials
  • Phonemic awareness: Children learn how to divide spoken words into individual sounds and to blend spoken sounds into words.
  • Alphabetic knowledge: Children learn to recognize, name, and write letters.
  • Alphabetic principle: Children learn that sounds can be represented by letters, and to recognize the most useful sound-letter relationships.
  • Decoding strategies: Children learn blending and other decoding strategies that permit them to sound out new words and identify them quickly.
  • Spelling and writing: Children write using their knowledge of printed letters and the sounds they represent. Because knowledge of letter-sound patterns contributes to reading success, spelling instruction is coordinated with the program of reading instruction. Knowledge of and practice incorrect spellings also contributes to more effective writing.
  • Manageable, decodable text: Children read words, sentences, and stories that contain the sound-letter relationships they are learning, as well as some "sight" words. Because fluent reading is essential to comprehension, children should practice both oral and silent reading. Children should have easy access to an array of storybooks and other reading materials that they can read on their own and with others.
  • Vocabulary acquisition: The meanings of unfamiliar words are taught and discussed. Students also acquire word meanings through wide reading.
  • Comprehension and understanding: Students discuss the meanings of everything they are learning to read — words, sentences, and stories — with each other and with their teachers and their tutors. They learn comprehension strategies as they engage in story time discussion, journal keeping, wide reading, and purposeful writing.
  • Language activities: Children expand their speaking and listening skills, their background and vocabulary knowledge in formal and informal activities as they engage in story time discussion, journal keeping, wide reading, and purposeful writing.

Reading opportunities
As children develop as readers, they eagerly read books they can comprehend, learn from, and enjoy. Students must have access to classroom and school libraries that contain a large and varied book collection that encourages the development of the following:
  • Wide reading: As children become fluent readers, they read increasingly challenging literature, both fiction and nonfiction, of greater complexity and difficulty. They read daily with partners, in groups, and independently at school and at home.
  • Classroom discussions: Teachers and students engage in meaningful discussions that focus on interpretations of and reflective thinking about what they (and others) are reading and writing. They learn to support their interpretations by relying on the text.
  • Comprehension strategies: As they read various kinds of books and other materials, students learn and practice comprehension strategies, sometimes on their own and sometimes with direct help from their teachers.

A variety of assessment tools
Teachers and administrators, who regard assessment as informative, select and administer assessments according to the needs of individual students. They conduct ongoing evaluations of student progress to help them plan instruction. Parents, teachers, and administrators are kept abreast of every child's reading progress based on such assessment and evaluations. Children who reveal serious problems in reading often need further assessment. However, the following assessment and evaluations should be used with all children:

  • Screening assessments: During kindergarten and first grade, every student is screened for phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, and understanding of basic language concepts.
  • Informal assessments: On a regular basis, children are informally assessed to determine if they are making adequate progress. These assessments can include measures of reading rate and accuracy and story retellings. These assessments are used as a basis for adjusting instruction to the needs of each child.
  • End-of-year assessments: Every student is assessed at the end of the school year to inform parents, teachers, and campus and district administrators about student progress. These assessments are used to make plans to meet the needs of children and of the campus in the following year.

A positive campus climate
Administrators and staff create campuses that are welcoming to their students and their families and that contribute to students' successful progress as readers. Some aspects of positive campus climate include:

  • Attractive environment: Buildings and classrooms are clean, neat, and inviting.
  • Book rich environment: Lots of books are in evidence (and in use) in classroom libraries and the school library.
  • Student work: Children's written work is displayed in the halls and in the classrooms.
  • Positive staff: The staff is friendly and respectful of every student and is committed to a program of continuous student development from one grade level to the next and to stimulating family involvement.
  • Curricular decisions: Effective practices are maintained and often improved; new ideas are discussed, evaluated, and integrated with existing practice.
  • Student attitudes: Students are proud of their accomplishments and respectful of teachers and of other students.

Sound administrative practices
  • Administrators work to determine that all of the resources of the campus, including staff time, are allocated to meet the goal of successful reading instruction for every student.
  • Administrators either assure or designate responsibility for instructional leadership that includes monitoring students' progress in each classroom and providing help when students are not making sufficient progress.
  • In the professional development process, administrators help teachers focus on the performance of their students.
  • In their words and in their actions, administrators consistently support the components of effective reading instruction.

Intermediate Results 2017 (BISE)

posted Sep 14, 2017, 1:20 AM by Usman Tariq

Tabindah Schools have been achieving outstanding results since its establishment. These achievements are the combined effort of well trained & experienced teachers and hardworking students.  Success rate for year 2017 is above 88 percent. Hardworking students like you always perform successfully in their exams. You did a great job this time and you made yourself and your parents proud. Congratulations!

Scholarship Awards (5th grade) - 2016

posted Aug 3, 2017, 2:29 AM by Usman Tariq   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 2:58 AM ]

Tabindah Model High Schools, Burewala

Scholarships (Grade 5) 2016

Sr. No





Umar Waris



Manahil Zahoor






Ayesha Anjum



Jannat Ejaz



Saba Afzal



Minahil Afzal



Hamna Qadir



Nimra Saddique



Ayesha Iqbal



Iqra Muhammad Din



Farwa Ilyas



Zainub Kareem



Tayyeba Shah



Aniqa Ashraf






Aqasha Naveed



Ariba Ramzan



Humaira Rehman


Award Distribution Ceremony (2017-04-29)

posted Apr 30, 2017, 11:47 PM by Usman Tariq

Award Distribution Ceremony (2017-04-29) was held to honor PEC examination position holders at Khurshed Hall, Vehari.

EDO Mr. Rana Shokat Ali Tahir; DCO Mr. Ali Akbar Bhatti; Aroza Tariq (Student Tabindah School); MPA Mr. Saqib Khurshed; President Private Schools Association Mian Jhanzaib and Mian Nouman Tariq were guests of honor in ceremony.

Early Education & Career Selection (اسکول کی تعلیم کا دور)

posted Jan 14, 2017, 5:06 AM by Usman Tariq

امتحان میں اچھے نمبر حاصل کرنے کے لیے ضروری ہے کہ پڑھائی کی اچھی عادتیں اپنائی جائیں۔ مطالعے اور پڑھنے کی اچھی عادتیں پروان چڑھ جائیں تو وہ زندگی بھر کام آتی ہیں اور آگے بڑھنے میں مدد دیتی ہیں۔ پڑھنے لکھنے کا عمل اسکول میں ختم نہیں ہوجاتا، یہ کالج یونیورسٹی اور اس سے آگے پیشہ ورانہ زندگی میں بھی جاری رہتا ہے۔

 اسکول سے ملنے والا گھر کا کام یا ہوم ورک اکثر بچوں کو بوجھ لگتا ہے، لیکن ہوم ورک مکمل کرنا، بطور طالب علم آپ کے کام یا فرض کا حصہ ہے۔ ہوم ورک کرتے ہوئے آپ کو پڑھنے اور سیکھنے کا ایسا موقع ملتا ہے جس میں کوئی آپ کی نگرانی نہیں کرتا، یعنی ٹیچر موجود نہیں ہوتا۔

 آٹھویں جماعت سے آپ کو یہ جستجو شروع کر دینی چاہیے کہ کون سے کام آپ کو اچھے اور دلچسپ لگتے ہیں۔ گھر میں والد ، والدہ ، ملازمت یا کاروبار کرنے والے بڑے بھائی، بہنوں کے کام، قریبی رشتے داروں، دوستوں کے والدین کے پیشے، کون سے کام آپ کو آسان نظر آتے ہیں اور آپ کو شوق ہوتا ہے کہ میں بھی یہی کام کروں۔ تعلیم اور عمر کے اس دور سے آپ پیشہ ورانہ کاموں کے بارے میں جتنا زیادہ جاننے کی کوشش کریں گے، آگے کی تعلیم میں اپنی پسند، صلاحیتوں اور رجحان کے مطابق مضامین منتخب کرنے اور آگے چل کر عملی زندگی میں اپنی پسند کا کام (کیریر) منتخب کرنے میں آپ کو اتنی آسانی ہوگی۔

Maidah Hafeez, won Tehsel Level Urdu Speech Competition (2016 Year)

posted Dec 1, 2016, 2:24 AM by Usman Tariq   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 10:06 AM ]

Maidah Hafeez, a brilliant student of grade 7, won Urdu speech competition at Tehsel level. 
It really is remarkable that this competition has been running for many years and that it continues to grow each year.
It’s great to see so many students of all ages getting involved and demonstrating their abilities and enthusiasm.
I had a chance earlier to view this year’s entries and I am very impressed with the quality of the work on display.

Well done to everyone here for your dedication, enthusiasm and attention to detail.

        Posted by: Mr. Nouman Tariq,
        Tabindah Model Higher Secondary School, Burewala

Math can be fun, and here are some activities to prove it!

posted Nov 18, 2016, 7:00 AM by Usman Tariq   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 7:23 AM ]

Here are some of the things we explored in Math Club:
  • We learned and played math/thinking games such as Nim, chess, cribbage, etc.
  • We examined other number bases, such as base 4, base 2, and base 12. We wrote the value of base 10 numbers in the different bases. We figured out the base 10 value of numbers written in other bases. We added and subtracted in other bases.
  • We worked with pentomines, trying to fits sets of pieces into given frames: 6 x 10, 5 x 12, or 8 x 8 (with either the four corners “removed” or the four center squares “removed”).
  • We created designs with tangrams.
  • We made pattern placemats using cut-out pattern block pieces to make interesting borders on construction paper.
  • We used pattern blocks to create designs with one or more lines of symmetry.
  • We measured our bodies and compared ratios (e.g., height to arm span; circumference of thumb to circumference of wrist; circumference of wrist to circumference of neck; circumference of neck to circumference of waist, etc.)
  • We solved logic puzzles (using one's commercially produced).
  • We created tessellations: we found shapes that would tessellate as well as creating our own unusual shapes that would tessellate.
  • We made paper quilt squares in a variety of patterns and calculated the fractional part of each color we used.
  • We examined the Fibonacci sequence and looked at real-life examples of where it appears in nature (such as on a pinecone, on flowers, leaves, pineapples, seeds in fruit, etc.
  • We created Moebius strips, and marked and cut them to discover interesting properties about them.
  • We solved magic squares and then created our own.
  • We examined Pascal’s Triangle and looked for patterns on it.
  • We created designs with exactly one meter of string glued onto paper (easier to do the basic designing first with dry string, then dip the string in white glue to create the final project).
  • We created our own codes using numbers and wrote secret messages to each other.
  • We made designs on 100-grid paper using a specific amount of colored squares (e.g., what designs can be made coloring exactly 50% of the grid? 60%? etc.)
  • We created “Guess My Number” puzzles for each other to solve. Each puzzles was to have 3 to 5 clues, first starting with a broad clue and getting more specific each time. (E.g., 1 my number is a prime number less than 30. 2 my number is not part of a pair of twin primes. 3 My number is even.)

I am sure there are other things we did, but those are the ones that I remember at the moment! I am sure you can find other ideas and topics to explore as well.
I hope you will consider giving Math Club a try.

Mathematically yours,
Club Member, Ahmad Sajjad


How teachers can help students excel at math

posted Oct 8, 2016, 11:58 PM by Usman Tariq

While strategies such as teacher-directed and student-oriented teaching strategies are both useful, it appears that teacher-directed strategies are more beneficial for students to more successfully solve simpler problems. Yet, as the problems become more difficult, students with more exposure to direct instruction no longer have a better chance of success. That means teachers need to master a range of approaches to serve diverse student needs well.

Cognitive-activation strategies, while more difficult for teachers to implement, also appears to have a positive relationship with student performance, no matter how difficult the mathematics problem. It appears that these methods are associated with better performance in mathematics, perhaps because they require students to be more creative and proactive in their learning. They may be presented with problems for which there is no obvious solution or they may have to explain how they arrived at the answer.

Tabindah School Research Study found that a reliance on memorization was useful for solving simpler problems but actually hindered success on more difficult problems.

Control strategies were always helpful but less so for more difficult problems. Elaboration strategies were particularly associated with a greater chance of solving more difficult problems.

To attain peak performance in mathematics, we recommend that teachers consider the following: help students go beyond root memorization (such as simply learn something by heart) and to be both more strategic and responsible in their learning and to try to see the links between what they learn, what they already know, and what new problems they are faced with in class, in their homework, and on tests. (Of course, this may come naturally as students become more confident and more capable in mathematics over time.)

A key component to promote teaching effectiveness is training, and particularly, professional development. The challenges and complexities brought by 21st-century classrooms make it impossible for teachers just to rely on their initial training. Thus, life-long learning should be a must on the teachers’ career path.

Teachers can help struggling students acquire the numerical and spatial skills they may not have developed before through targeted tutoring – without denying these students exposure to a more demanding curriculum. More frequent use of problem-solving as a method of teaching mathematics can also help weaker students to connect the abstract or conceptual aspects of mathematics with real life, and make mathematics lessons more engaging for all students.

The Evolution of Classroom Technology: The Journey from Pen to Keyboard

posted Sep 27, 2016, 11:51 PM by Usman Tariq

Education and technology has always been in perfect harmony. Right from the days when chalkboards were invented during the 18th century till the interactive whiteboards started revolutionizing classroom learning, education has gone hand-in-hand with technology. Below find a very interesting infographic, tracking the evolution of technology in classrooms; for it’s not just important to know where the future is heading to in education, the past also matters!

Top Reasons why Education is Extremely Important

posted Aug 29, 2016, 12:54 AM by Usman Tariq   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 12:55 AM ]

1. For a happy and stable life
If you want to lead a happy life and enjoy the good things the world has to offer, you certainly need to get educated. A great job, a good social reputation are few of the many benefits of being an educated person. Education is a must for a promising and secure future and a stable life.

2. Equality
If we want to see the world as a just and fair place where everyone is given equal opportunities, education is what we require. Education is a must if we want to do away with the existing differences between different social classes and genders.  It opens a whole world of opportunities for the poor so that they may have an equal shot at well-paying jobs. Education also plays a major role in women empowerment

3. Makes you self-dependent
Education is very important if you want to be a self-dependent person. It helps you become financially independent but that is not all.  Education also makes you wiser so that you can make your own decisions.

4. Turns your dreams into reality
What is your dream, your aim in life? Do you want to become rich?  Do you want to be popular? Do you want to be an extremely successful person who is respected by people? Well, the key to all this is education. Of course there are exceptions, like sportsmen who don’t really owe their success to their education. However in most cases, your degree is what helps you realize all your dreams.

5. Makes the world a safer and more peaceful place
Education majorly affects our understanding of the difference between right and wrong. An educated person is well aware of the consequences of wrong/illegal actions and he is less likely to get influenced and do something which is not legally/morally right. Also, a  number of uneducated people who live a poverty-stricken life owning to lack of opportunities often turn to illegal ways such as theft and robbery to solve their problems. If you are educated, you are well aware of your rights, the law and your responsibilities towards the society. Hence, education is an important factor which contributes in social harmony and peace.

6. Makes you confident
Your educational degree is considered as a proof of your knowledge by many. If you are educated you have more chances of being heard and taken seriously. Generally, an uneducated man will find it harder to express his views and opinions owning to lack of confidence. Even if he does so, people may not take him seriously. Education gives you the confidence to express your views and opinions.

7. Society
We all live in a society which has its own set spoken/unspoken rules and one of them is education. The society expects you to go to school followed by college, get a job, settle down etc. In fact education helps you become a useful member of the society. An educated member certainly has a greater chance to contribute to his community. Education helps you become an active member of the society and participate in the ongoing changes and developments.

8. For economic growth of the nation
Australia, USA and Japan are few countries with very high literacy rates. These countries are extremely prosperous and the citizens have a high per capita income.  On the other hand, in underdeveloped and developing nations, where literacy rate is not as high, a number of people are still living below the poverty line. Education is vital for the economic prosperity of a nation!

9. Saves you from being fooled/cheated
Education saves you from being exploited and fooled. We live in a country where we enjoy a number of rights and freedom.  It is easier to take advantage of innocent and illiterate people. They may be trapped into signing false documents or be deprived of some right which they have because unlike an educated person they are not well aware of their rights and freedoms.

10. The Will to Keep trying till success strikes
It is only through education that you’d have multiple level goals and a number of ways to reach them. You’d have dreams which transmute to thoughts and later into actions. Your will to get your dream to turn true will be undeterred and you’d try in every way possible till you succeed. The uneducated may have better intellectual and labour capacity but the lack of understanding of multiple ways to achieve their goals is often an obstacle.

11. Forgoing baseless superstitions
Are you aware that most superstitions we follow still were a brainchild of the educated and had a scientific reason to support it. Ironic that superstition today is deeply integrated in the culture of the uneducated. Why? Because they never seemed to reason why are they following a tradition blindly and hence times changed, the scientific reason held no ground for superstitions to carry on, but those on whom it rested to forego, had little ability to reason and let it go. You can never undermine the role of education in order to make a society free of baseless superstitions. 

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