Good teacher overnight; Cooperative Learning in low-resource environments

I have recently been charged by an Uthman ibn Affan Trust to empower Syrian teachers in Turkish refugee camps. The objective of the Trust is to give the next generation of Syrians the skill set needed to rebuild their country. These skills include not only subject knowledge, but, equally importantly, skills of collaboration, creative thinking, democracy and... Continue Reading →

UK Tertiary in the 21st century; a Cooperative Learning toolkit #1

Introducing Cooperative Learning to Higher Education On 11 November 2015, UEA's School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies successfully trialled the structural approach to Cooperative Learning, to facilitate the effective student-centred learning looked for at tertiary level.   This event is a small watershed for a number of reasons. Therefore this first post examines the wider context of the session. (For details of... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Learning; (an) engaging business

I have pointed out in the about section that Cooperative Learning can be used  "Everywhere you find a group of people, including classrooms, study groups, even teacher-parent knees-ups…." Here is the evidence from Mr Khalid Mair, a London businessman and experienced coach with a longstanding commitment to community building. In these comments on Healing Fractures II - Beyond... Continue Reading →

The International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education

During the 1970s, the work of many pioneering educational researchers centered on what we know today as cooperative learning and led to the creation of the IASCE (International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education). Researchers and practitioners convened in 1979 from Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, England, the United States and... Continue Reading →

Critical thinking & community empowerment: coming soon to a staff room near you?

An MTA training event "Muslim Teachers of the Future" yesterday raised the level, urgency and sheer importance of investigative sessions such as Healing Fractures II. Odd thing to write under a heading which includes the word "Critical thinking", but if Sunday's event is anything to go by, I want to start by quite uncritically recommending  Muslim Teacher's Association's training... Continue Reading →

21st century British Muslim in London; a message from the course leader

. I have been asked by Association of Muslim Schools management to provide some more detail on the event Cooperative Learning: "21st century British Muslim - the Solution?" to take place on 3rd February in London. The recent events in Paris have only underlined the importance of this course, and the course unit Negotiating conflicting values & viewpoints has been fully committed to... Continue Reading →

Islam Awareness Week special event: “Islam in RE” in Norwich

Special offer: I am very pleased to announce  that private sponsors of the Islam Awareness Week 2015 programme at Ihsan Mosque has made it possible to make “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry” available to teachers at only £75.  . You school saves £125 on this £200 course, recently presented as a part of the PGCE students programme at the... Continue Reading →

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