Muhammad Ata Khader
Instructor, Creativity in the Classroom
Muhummad is a biology teacher at Ras Al Khaimah Secondary School for Boys, where he has been working for the last six years while developing his interest in instructional technology and science education. He holds a MSc in biology from the Hashemite University in Jordan and worked as a university teaching assistant and then as a biology teacher for the Ministry of Education in Jordan before moving to the UAE.
Muhammad grew up in a learning environment. His mother ran a vocational and domestic education center for girls, while his father was the principal of one of the largest government secondary schools in Zarqa, Jordan’s second largest city. Inspired by conversations and stories from his father, Muhammad began developing his ideas about education early on and is a firm believer in continuous, life-long learning based on active participation and collaboration between students, their colleagues, and their teachers.
Muhammad is an alumnus of the first Al Qasimi Foundation 21st Century Teaching course and subsequently became the teaching assistant and then workshop instructor for the course. Having trained his replacement, he is now moving on to become the workshop instructor on the Teaching Methods for Excellence course. His advice to new participants is to learn as much from the workshop instructor and fellow participants as possible, to apply it in the classroom to find out what works best in that situation, and then to share it with colleagues.