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It's Not Magic, It's Creativity, And It's Transforming Classrooms

Jennifer MacKenzie, Barakabits
April 18, 2014

The kid constantly drumming his fingers and tapping his pen is a future musician; the one always doodling will be an engineer, and her chatterbox friend, the CEO of a media conglomerate—if only their teacher can get their attention.

Of course, teachers know that discipline issues vanish when students are interested. So to support their quest for creative solutions, the Al Qasimi Foundation offers a wide range of courses taught for and by teachers—free to any educator in Ras Al Khaimah, regardless of nationality.

“Teachers themselves know the challenges that they face and [collectively] have the skills and expertise to address these challenges,” says the project’s implementing partner. “They may not have a lot of control over what they teach, but they do have control over how they teach it, so we try to help them come up with new and exciting ways to present material that will engage their students more.”

Covering everything from new classroom technologies to mind-brain research on multiple intelligences, the courses help teachers set up classroom blogs, develop podcasts and use collaborative platforms like Google docs. They also include a toolkit of micro-ideas tailored to all types of situations.

Muhammad Khader, a teacher who’s attended nearly all the courses, says they’ve “greatly benefited” his interactions with students. Besides creating a students' blog, the theories of multiple intelligences inspired him “to use images and movies to increase their learning.”