“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 →

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 →

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 →

Learning Wisely – Living Virtuously: From the mountain to the valley

High-level cohesion, pulling values from the vacuum, or simply "Why Tertiary should pick up on child-centred learning". Yesterday Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at Edinburgh University, presented her talk Learning Wisely, Living Virtuously: the challenge of Modern Education at the Thomas Paine Study Center, University of East Anglia. A big thank you to the... 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 →

Charlie’s Angels or Sympathy for the Devils? A full RE lesson plan on the Paris attacks

The following is a scalable, instantly applicable RE lesson plan related to the Paris murders, replete with differentiated sample materials for secondary. It uses Cooperative Learning to foster tightly controlled discussions of controversial materials in a safe environment and includes strategies for assessment, evidence of learning and SMSC integration in compliance with DfE requirements. Elements of the lesson may... 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 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 →

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 →

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