Co-Creative Conversation deconstructed: Comfy Café or outcome-driven classroom?

Deductive or Inductive? Freedom or control? More facilitator intervention, or less? Lessons learnt during the first Co-Creative Conversation on student engagement at University of Roehampton's Business School. Thank you, all delegates. [5 min read] Conversation as an end in itself The Knowledge or "World" Café originally envisaged by Juanita Brown in 1995 has since been... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Knowledge Café; A Co-Creative Conversation on student engagement

Tomorrow I am pleased to present my first tailored Co-Creative Conversation to lecturers at University of Roehampton's Business School. [3 min read] These days the higher education sector is full of talk about increasing student engagement. Everyone agrees that Generation Z, who are the real digital natives, see the world a little differently and have... Continue Reading →

Workshop summary #2; “Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning”

What is retrieval and how is it supported by Cooperative Learning in relation to assessment strategies, test-enhanced learning, desirable difficulty, and connecting knowledge to larger concepts  - 'learning' as it is designated in the 2019 framework? [5 minutes to read] From the event “Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning” at Bluebell Primary. First instalment here.  ... Continue Reading →

Workshop summary #1; “Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning”

This series of very brief articles recaps salient points from the workshop for the benefit of delegates and those unfortunates who missed it.  [3 minutes to read] The five planned articles in this series correspond to the headlines of the workshop and are planned as roughly three-minute reads each: What is Cooperative Learning What is retrieval practice? What is spaced retrieval practice?... Continue Reading →

April 4 workshop; Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning

This workshop turns research published by Iowa State University earlier this year into practical activities that embed subject learning into long-term memory and connects discreet knowledge to context and application. [4 mins to read] I am presenting with Ed Dooley, Deputy Headteacher at Bluebell Primary School in Norwich and SSIF Maths project lead. Ed has extensive... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools #2; Progressive Traditionalism?

At first glance, Participatory Budgeting would seem to fit snugly into the left-wing, child-empowering, progressive fold. At second glance, you might say that it sits equally well with the competition-driven Dragon's Den of standard neo-liberal Enterprise Education.  But, like Katharina Birbalsingh, Participatory Budgeting defies categorisation and, as such, could open a liminal space for a... Continue Reading →

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