In Khalifah Model School (Secondary), when we transformed the school system from teacher-centered essentialism to student-centered progressivism, we believed that this transformation will help to save our students from being victimised by public education that concentrates a lot on low order thinking skills, mainly memorising and understanding. The transformation involved a lot of different approaches in teaching. In the new setting, students are supposed to take charge of their own learning, with teachers changing their role from being the ‘expert’ in content to the expert in designing a learning activity.
“Okay kids, see you in the evening!” I stepped out from our apartment heading to the university.
It’s the first day I left my wife and kids at our new home in Finland, while attending my morning classes at Linnanmaa campus, one class at 8:15 in the morning on the Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology, and another one at 10:15, our class on Survival Finnish Language. There will be around two hours break before another meeting with my Demola Oulu project at 2pm in the City Centre.
Collaborative Learning: a joint intellectual effort by students, sometimes with the instructor, searching for understanding, solutions or meanings or creating a product [LET 2016, Oulun Yliopisto]
Learning, Education and Technology (LET) program is built on three major themes and they are (i) collaborative learning (ii) self regulated learning, and (iii) learning of expertise. During this first one month of the program, we had several sessions to make ourselves familiar with collaborative learning. Hany Hachem helped us a lot introducing the concept. Instead of explaining them in lectures, he designed the sessions into many different types of collaboration which we do them ourselves, and reflect them each time the session ended.
Learning, Education and Technology, the University of Oulu, Finland
After completing Helsinki Summer School in 2015, I had a strong feeling towards Finnish education system. The course intensively introduced us to the system, and we were fortunate enough to spend a day in Puistolan Peruskoulu, meeting teachers, pupils and the leadership team in that comprehensive school. I graduated from the course with a strong determination to go home and work on improving Khalifah Model School, both primary and secondary, to genuinely become a model school.
The idea is simple.
Alhamdulillah, Solatan wa salaman ‘ala Rasulillah. Amma ba’du.
After observing in more than one thousand classrooms, John Goodlad and his team of researchers found that the following patterns characterize most classrooms: