The Teacher Skills Forum has gained regional and international recognition for its unique approach in that it primarily focuses on Teachers and classroom needs to enhance and improve the quality of teaching. An initiative of Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), the forum stems from a simple idea: tackling the challenges of education in the region at the grassroots level, in our classrooms. An annual regional event organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB) the Teacher Skills Forum was created to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. It is a platform for teachers to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars.
UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF
HER MAJESTY QUEEN RANIA AL ABDULLAH
A leading forum set to develop teachers and educators in the arab world
The primary objective guiding the direction of the Teacher Skills Forum was founded on the regional need to align educational priorities, expectations and adequately support classroom teachers with the means to address them. As such, the guiding principles directing the goals of the Teacher Skills Forum are to provide teachers with opportunities and access to: learn new teaching strategies and techniques; to discuss possible action points and goals for enhancing classroom and school communities; to share and apply best teaching practices; to network and create lasting relationships based on a shared vision; to provide teachers with the skills to develop modern, innovative lessons that incorporate technologies into classroom instruction; and finally, to support teachers to bridge the gap between academic theory and classroom practice.
Nowhere is curiosity more pronounced than in the eyes of a child. The journey of discovering something new is full of fun and gratification. Yet surveys from around the world (and our own children) tell the same tale; learners are bored at school. It is time that we confront this paradox head-on: If learning is fun, why are learners bored at school?
Do we simply blame our children’s boredom on their shrinking attention spans that have been destroyed by tablets, social media, and video games? Or do we embrace the fact that children live in a reality of on-demand information and communication affording them amazing possibilities for self-discovery, passionate learning, and growth?
Beyond discussing learning paradigms, curricula, teamwork, differentiated learning, the role of teachers, and pedagogical methodologies…can we imagine schools that are as fun as learning is?