Fractures healed!

Workshop debriefing: Thank you for attending

A big thank you from myself and the Muslims of Norwich Community to participants at our Islam Awareness Week educators’ workshop Healing Fractures; for your incredible engagement during the sesssions, your positive feedback and especially to those of you who did interviews and partook in lunch and networking at the adjacent mosque after the event. If the following statement is indicative of  your experiences, this workshop has certainly met its goal of inspiring and enlightening relevant professionals regarding the “potential application of the vast heritage of Islam’s holistic educational philosophy in solving the current crisis in UK education.”

“…applicable across nation states and religions…”

– Participant Conleth Buckley, Teacher and Teacher Trainer, British Council
C1P ultraclose B
Thoughts changing hands in CL cross-class classic
Catch-1-Partner *

We have collected a great deal of audio-visual material and notes, including participants’ original session notes. I will endeavour to share this information and answer any follow-up questions in the following posts, especially for those of you who you didn’t get a chance to round off – and hopefully in that process find time to present some of the free opportunities offered by the internet for after-school collaboration and community building. Please feel free to engage.

Some of the practical issues to be discussed here include:

  • assessment using monitoring during specific exercises and various note-gathering techniques
  • how to interactively choose exercises to reflect needs of individual classes and students as they arise 
  • reflections on some materials, including that which did not go into the workshop
  • some of the rationale behind these choices in a live class room situation
  • discussing some of the pitfalls involved when implementing CL

Don’t hesitate to open subjects of interest or debate and share thoughts and views on the session here. Stay tuned for updates on twitter.

Please enjoy  and help promote the Muslim community’s efforts during the Islam Awareness Week.

“In terms of Cooperative Learning (…) very, very good and worthwhile taking away and trying to implement, the discursive element was fantastic.”

– Participant Usman Qureshi, former head of Al-Khair Primary & Secondary School

* See Newletter #1: The Dance Floor is made of Lava

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  1. Fantastic session. The methods applied and the ability to ice-break and interact with almost all the participants was a ‘truly’ engaging approach. Not only did it give us the opportunity to interact with our fellow colleagues but taught us to approach our learning on a more practical and effective level. This approach can and should be utilised not only in primary schools but also within Masters programmes throughout universities. I truly believe this learning method can do wonders for students at any level as it maximises and pushes your intellectual capacity to its limits. As a development officer for one of the largest community radio stations in Yorkshire, I believe workshops of this calibre can form an integral part of our training programmes, for youth and old alike. And as a current Masters student I can categorically state that if this approach was practised in our learning strategies, we would have benefited tremendously more. The concepts of Tarbeeah, associated with lifelong learning and nurturing which culminates to Ta’deeb- the perfection of the personality, is the missing jigsaw in the education system. Cooperative learning within the domain of an Islamic framework can do wonders in transforming learning outcomes for both teacher and student. A job well done.

    Shahab Adris
    Studying an MA Media and International Development at UEA & Radio Presenter and Development Officer for FeverfM in Leeds.


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