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1 Welcome

2 Speed Dating - Courting Controversy Sharon Harbottle

3 Mrs Sharon Harbottle Head of RE Bury Church of England High School BL9 0TS Former Chair of Bolton SACRE SIAS Inspector (Church Schools) Edexcel Examiner and Team Leader

4 History How it all began Dates Facts Times

5 Rabbi Yaacov Deyo Aish HaTorah

6 The name Aish HaTorah, literally "Fire [of] the Torah", was inspired by the Talmudic story of Rabbi Akiva, the once illiterate 40-year-old shepherd who subsequently became the most famous sage of the Mishnah. One day he came across a stone that had been hollowed out by a constant drip of water. He concluded, "If something as soft as water could carve a hole in solid rock, then how much more so can Torah which is compared to fire make an indelible impression on my heart."

7 The concept of "round robin dating" was founded by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and his students in Los Angeles, CA as a way of helping Jewish singles meet and marry. Rabbi Deyo coined the word SpeedDating® as the name for these events. The first event took place at Petes Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.

8 Changes During 1999, the concept was modified – until its current form of 7, 7-minute round robin dates in one night. Today, hundreds of Jews have met and married through this venue – and it has spawned the round robin dating industry for people of all cultural backgrounds.

9 The original purpose

10 Couples Meet and talk

11 Studies A 1995 study at the University of Bern showed that women appeared to be attracted to the smell of men who had different MHC profiles from their own.

12 MHC The MHC is a region of the human genome involved with immune function. Because parents with more diverse MHC profiles would be expected to produce offspring with stronger immune systems, dissimilar MHC may play a role in sexual selection.

13 Smell A speed "date" lasting several minutes should be long enough for the sense of smell to come into play, and therefore it is important that the participants are seated close enough together.

14 Move Couples move around the tables and mark their card

15 6 minutes more to go

16 How is this done in school?

17 In an RE lesson ?

18 Used as a Starter

19 Photo or Text Moses and the Passover I minute each to say something

20 What is going on here?

21 Revision Learn the topic In pairs Say what you know Listen and critique What was missed out? Move on Another topic

22 Lack of understanding

23 Then things click

24 A response is made

25 And things are underway


27 Educational Value Encourages speaking and listening Desire to succeed Utilises recall and evaluation Competitive and co-operative Builds confidence working in pairs Practises speed for exams

28 How does it work with students?

29 Its not so difficult!

30 All it takes is chat

31 Whether foundation/undergrad

32 Or Postgrad

33 But watch out….

34 Some people move round….

35 And may have another motive!

36 Not so much rushing about

37 When to use Once in a while To open a topic To stimulate student thinking and response To round up a unit of study Only with small groups

38 Pit Falls Lose sight of educational value Overuse devalues the methodology Some people cannot cope Everyone has the right to refuse.

39 A problem for some

40 But is it ethical? Encourages short term relationships Gratifies personal knowledge Overlaid with sexual connotations Speed inhibits depth

41 Morally acceptable? Religious foundation ! Encourages learning Sexual element can be removed Selective pairing possible Sparks or revives interest in RE Can be a catalyst

42 Questions

43 Television Sex and the CitySex and the City. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (2000): Miranda, the lawyer, pretends to be a stewardess at the event after telling her first few "dates" that she is a successful lawyer scares them off ProvidenceProvidence. "The Mating Dance" (2001): Syd goes to a "speed dating" event Kath and KimKath and Kim. "Gay" (2002): Kim, estranged from her husband of 2 months, goes with her friend Sharon to a speed dating event RebaReba. "Switch" (2002) : Reba's daughter, Cheyenne, convinces her mother to try speed-dating. [16][16] MonkMonk. "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater" (2003): Adrian Monk tries to talk to a suspect at a speed dating event.Mr. Monk Goes to the TheaterAdrian Monk Yes, DearYes, Dear. "Speed Dating". Jimmy hits it off during a speed dating session. Dead Like MeDead Like Me. "Hurry" (2004): Daisy goes speed dating to take the soul of one of the men participating. Gilmore GirlsGilmore Girls. "But Not as Cute as Pushkin" (2004): Featured Rory's friend Paris attempting speed dating RoryParis

44 More clips Queer Eye for the Straight GuyQueer Eye for the Straight Guy. "Queer Eye For The Shy Guy" (2004): a straight man is made over to attend a speed dating party 60 Minutes II60 Minutes II. "60 Minutes II" (2004): Featured speed dating in the segment called "Love in the 21st Century" The Vicar of DibleyThe Vicar of Dibley. "Happy New Year" (2005): Geraldine Granger receives a ticket to a speed dating event for her 40th birthday. Beauty and the GeekBeauty and the Geek. "Episode 204" (2006): Featured speed dating as one of the challenges faced by the "geeks". The BillThe Bill. "Episode 405" (2006): Yvonne Hemmingway persuades Honey Harman to go with her to a speed-dating event. The L WordThe L Word. "Lifeline" (2006): Alice and Kit go to a speed dating event The SimpsonsThe Simpsons. "Regarding Margie" (2006): Marge Simpson, during a bout of amnesia, went on a speed-dating event.Regarding Margie

45 References SpeedDating History "The Road to Romance". Harvard Magazine (March-April 2003): 28-28A. line/030382.html. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.The Road to Romance line/030382.html "Speed dating with Yaacov and Sue Deyo""Speed dating with Yaacov and Sue Deyo". NPR. 803880. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.NPR 803880 The Independent (London) Jan 19 2003 via Speed-dating boom hit by shortage of menThe Independent (London) Jan 19 2003 via Speed-dating boom hit by shortage of men "HurryDate: Mate preferences in action""HurryDate: Mate preferences in action"a study done by evolutionary psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania


47 Speed Dating meets Leeds Lets try it!

48 Question 1 Can interfaith conversations truly be dialogues?

49 Question 2 If there is life elsewhere in the universe, then Who is my neighbour?

50 Question 3 When is it best to talk about Death?

51 Question 4 The poor will always be with you. said Jesus, So why bother about charity?

52 Question 5 How does our present day teaching of Theology and Religious Studies relate to issues of debt ?

53 Question 6 What will the next war be about – water, oil, religion or…….?

54 Question 7 Who inspires you most? Where should the teaching of TRS be going? Why are we here?

55 Thats all for now folks! Thank you for playing!!

56 Speedfaith

57 Interfaith activities

58 Recovery time In groups, pairs or alone: How could you make this idea work in your setting?

59 Feedback Sharing Good Practice

60 Times Up Thank you for Coming



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