Healing Fractures II #2: Staging an enquiry outside the box

Akin to last year's Healing Fractures educators' workshop, the following posts describe some of the activities during this years session: Healing Fractures II - Beyond Birmingham. (See “Healing Fractures II – Beyond Birmingham?” – video introduction). When one opens a student-centred philosophical enquiry into controversial subjects, which possibly have  emotional or other personal import, it is vital to ensure... 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 →

Why Cooperative Learning? What it will do for you and what you don’t need to do…

This video deals with some of the knee-jerk reactions to "student-centred learning" as being unmanageable, ineffective and demanding for teachers. (From the introduction to “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy through Enquiry” 17 March 2014 in Norwich). . Open this video in new window . Structural Cooperative Learning consists of students in small hand-picked teams or... 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 →

eCL#4: Questions about Islam; a ready-to-use 37-card set

Of general interest to any RE teacher in KS2+ dealing with Islam, and especially to attendees at the CPD course Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry and the Ihsan Mosque Enquiry & Immersion field trips, now finally available to primary schools after the Islam Awareness Week pilot.  The latest edition of cooperativelearning.works newsletter,  eCL,  is a 37 card... 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 →

All in the (Islamic Awareness) Week’s work

Next week will see a breakdown of each of the these educational events for the benefit of attendees and third parties. In summary: Monday 16 March: “Healing Fractures II” Educators’ Workshop  Beyond Birmingham? Through shared insights of seasoned Muslim alternative educators, RE teachers, researchers and representatives from statutory bodies, this full-day ‘knowledge café’ aimed to let Muslim... 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 →

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