Being British | Being Muslim

Real safeguarding: A new tailored Cooperative Learning course directly to secondary pupils for one of the UK's leading Cultural Competency Trainers AKSAA are market leaders in Islamic Awareness and Cultural Competency Training. Since 2004 more than 17,500 delegates have undergone unique and insightful courses delivered in over 80 different Local Authority locations across the UK.... Continue Reading →

Cooperate Be Literate

As mentioned in the previous post, a dream has come true for me. I am working with a highly experienced science teacher to discover how Cooperative Learning can further literacy skills in science from KS2 to University. Given the routine assertions that Cooperative Learning denotes wet talking exercises, some science and maths teachers I have spoken to have... 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 →

“Healing Fractures II”#3: philosophizing from subject knowledge

A number of attendees at "Healing Fractures II - Beyond Birmingham?" have requested links to some of the materials used in the investigative unit. This unit allowed a collaborative yet personal approach to the wide scope of Trojan Horse fall-out. Following the mental and emotional lead-in using open questions and imagery discussed in the previous Healing Fractures II... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Learning & the Knowledge Café format: student-centred enquiry for adults

Last week saw a select group of educationalists and researchers from disparate backgrounds engaging the burning conundrum of education, community building, religion, identity, attainment and social cohesion in multicultural Britain. (See all related posts). The workshop enquired into various themes, including: systemic issues and the purpose of ‘modern’ education in secular post-modernity community building boundaries;... 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 →

Burning issues in the RE classroom; morals & the murder Moaz al-Kasasbeh

The sadistic murder of the captured Jordanian fighter pilot is an example of a more general, symptomatic issue related to ISIS, which should be pointed out in classrooms and is useful for staging further enquiry into moral dilemmas. First of all, specifically related to subject matter of Islam, ISIS claims to be fighting to establish the Sharia (Islamic... Continue Reading →

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