First public chapter: What’s in this Book?

This is the first public excerpt of "The Beginner's Guide to Cooperative Learning." Please use Facebook to comment, like and share. The chapter “What’s in this book?” is to help busy readers to quickly focus on that which interests them. Chapter II: What's in this Book? Whether you approach it as a leader or a teacher, this... Continue Reading →

Be a part of the book: “Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning”

Andrew Howard and I are inviting colleagues to comment and advise on the first draft manuscript of our book "The Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning."   "Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning" is not for academics but a manual for real teachers facing hands-on challenges. As is clear in last week's article, Expecting the Inspection, teachers using Cooperative... Continue Reading →

Expecting the Inspection; Cooperative Learning and Ofsted et al.

Based on experiences from schools, this article gives advice on how to best prepare yourself (and your visitor) for an inspection of a Cooperative Learning class. Teacher: "Okay kids, grab your completed answer sheets, get up and do a Catch1Partner using (XYZ) vocabulary and (ZXY) subtasks. Go!"  For children, no explanation is needed. That may not be... Continue Reading →

Oracy is brilliant! (But you *do* need someone to talk to…)

Earlier this year, Paul Warwick from Oracy Cambridge and Beccy Earnshaw from Voice21 gave a ‘double-header’ presentation for The Brilliant Club at the UCL Institute of Education in London. Especially secondary schools and colleges desiring students to engage more with education and life alike, this is a must read. I have taken the liberty here of retrofitting... Continue Reading →

A piece of cake: Stuart Kime on baking your own research network

A summary and commentary on the full-day event "Implementation and Evaluation" with Stuart Kime from Evidence Based Education at Abbey Conference Centre, 17 September 2018, brought to us by Norwich Research School. This article naturally follows Stuart’s Cake; getting more out of your CPD through Implementation & Evaluation on the precursor event in May, which discusses the... Continue Reading →

Seven-league boots; next steps for Cooperative Learning in 2018-19

"The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour," goes a saying in pop psychology.  If this is true, things are well and truly looking good for Cooperative Learning in the coming academic year.   This article outlines some of my upcoming projects, including SSIF spin-offs, the necessity of separating "Cooperative Learning" from "group work," a... Continue Reading →

What *isn’t* Cooperative Learning; a guided meditation featuring PIES.

Guided meditation is a brilliant way to embed those absolutely essential messages. If you will indulge me, I will now share a teaching method that has nothing to do with Cooperative Learning. Although this specific example of a guided meditation was presented to adults at Wednesday's inspiring get-together (#IgniteTM) courtesy of Ormiston Venture Academy (@OrmistonVenture) it... Continue Reading →

Reading together; Better lives through books; a commentary on Jon Biddle’s NRSN twilight

This week I had the good fortune of attending Jon Biddle’s session Reading for Pleasure, yet another gem brought to us by the Norwich Research Leads Network. (See articles on previous #NorRel presentations by Roger Higgins and Stuart Kime). The organisers had given Andrew Howard and I the opportunity to precede Jon’s session with an ultra-compressed... Continue Reading →

How Cooperative Learning makes CPD effective; a commentary on Roger Higgin’s NRSN twilight

If teaching and learning is the raison d'etre of everything else, empowering teachers through professional development must be given top priority. This article explores last week's Norwich Research Schools Network event An Introduction to Making CPD Effective presented by Roger Higgins and Tom Pinnington of Notre Dame High School. A brief interlude: What is the Research Schools Network?... Continue Reading →

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