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 →

Enquiry & Immersion: Why enquire? A message from the course leader

Raising the standard above the bog-of-superstition: Why faith communities should be delivering high class, high impact learning experiences to schools. As we have discussed in multiple posts, RE presents a unique opportunity for students to work realistically and experientially with toxic issues and questions of opinion, meaning, argumentation, and multiple truth(s) needed in the ever... Continue Reading →

Enquiry & Immersion; Thank you too!

We have successfully concluded the pilot of the "Enquiry & Immersion" field trips for primary and are very grateful to have received this pupil feedback. . On Wednesday and Thursday of Islam Awareness Week 100+ Year 6 pupils from our local Avenue Junior School visited Ihsan Mosque in Norwich to participate in the new school visits programme.... Continue Reading →

“Healing Fractures II – Beyond Birmingham?” #1 – video introduction

The first video from the educators' workshop Healing Fractures II - Beyond Birmingham? during Islam Awareness Week 2015 now online. Opens video in new window. Also see Cooperative Learning & the Knowledge Café format: student-centred enquiry for adults "Healing Fractures II" video library here. Also see more on the Mona Siddiqui anecdote: Learning Wisely – Living Virtuously: From... 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 →

A note on the attacks on Ihsan Mosque in Norwich

In the early morning hours, persons unknown broke the windows of Ihsan Mosque in Chapel Field and fled. Thank God, no-one was hurt in the attack, as the only person present was in the kitchen in the back of the building. And what was he doing? He was preparing food for visiting children from an... Continue Reading →

Paris murders in Norfolk classrooms? The responsibility of RE teachers & the Muslim community

Charlie Hebdo: In areas with a low concentration of Muslims, the importance of RE in relation to the "social cohesion" mentioned in Mr Nash's recent letter is all the greater. Pupils in counties such as our own Norfolk do not routinely interact with Muslims, leaving only media pieces when puzzling together an image of Islam and the murders in Paris. This is especially... Continue Reading →

Islam Awareness Week 2015 programme in Norwich

Islam Awareness Week 2015 is from March 17 to 23.  Ihsan Mosque marks the occasion with four events of special interest to educators: . Programme [  download as pdf  ] . Monday 16 March: "Healing Fractures II" Educators' Workshop is a full-day event, led by Ibrahim Lawson, which aims at inspiring and enlightening relevant professionals in the education sector... Continue Reading →

Enquiring & Immersed; a follow-up to yesterday’s field trip

Good learning, good food and the meaning of secular materialism A brief summary of our first run of Enquiry & Immersion Field Trip to Ihsan Mosque, November 13, 2014. Morning session - "not like a classroom at all" Undaunted by materials more suited for Phds, mostly Gifted&Talented Year 10 and a couple of year 9s set to it... Continue Reading →

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