Directors Ghada Maalouf, Lina Mouchantaf and Mahmud Shihab presented at the Teacher Skills Forum 2015 held at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention center in Jordan, under the auspices of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, This year’s forum was entitled “from what to how: Bridging the gap between theory and practice”. “Recognizing the disparity between academic theories of delivering knowledge (What) and methods with which teachers are expected to convey that knowledge (How), TFS 2015 bridges the gap between 21st century expectations and practical applications, investigating the best teaching practices and strategies to apply theory into action.”
Ghada Maalouf presented four workshop sessions in the Early Childhood Development strand. She presented three workshops in Arabic – “Learning Mathematics through Play”, “Play-based Learning”, and Learning Reading and Writing through Play”. She also presented one workshop in English, “Critical Skills in the Early Years”. Lina Mouchantaf presented four workshop sessions. Three of Lina’s workshops were presented in English – “Case Study: One class’ Journey into Social Action”, Inquiry for Student-centered Classrooms” and “Math and Inquiry”. Her last workshop was presented in Arabic and entitled “Inquiry, Teaching and Learning”. Dr. Mahmud Shihab presented three workshops, with the emphasis on technology. He presented “Creating Technology-Integrated Lessons” in both Arabic and English. He also presented the workshop “Integrating Educational Technology in Your School” based on the integrated suite of ISTE standards.