Why Cooperative Learning? What it will do for you and what you don’t need to do…

This video deals with some of the knee-jerk reactions to “student-centred learning” as being unmanageable, ineffective and demanding for teachers. (From the introduction to “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy through Enquiry” 17 March 2014 in Norwich).
Jakob Werdelin - Why Cooperative Learning
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Structural Cooperative Learning consists of students in small hand-picked teams or pairs working in fixed Cooperative Learning interaction patterns (or CLIPs) selected and timed by teachers to achieve very specific aims – while affording students endless variation and excitement through the changing materials and tasks. 

While equally highly efficient and engaging for rote learning, Cooperative Learning is excellent for approaching complex, controversial and/or toxic subjects.

The full-day CPD course Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry  has been developed to demonstrate how this might be done, and is in many ways the dialectic opposite of the attainment-focused Skills & Mastery now being delivered to a number of Norfolk schools.
Attendees of both courses instantly recognise how the same CLIPs are deployed in different subject with different aims, proving Cooperative Learning is instantly applicable to all materials across all subjects and integrates with any other didactic method. This is one of the main reasons for its cost-effectiveness in relation to training investment.
In the words of Emma Smithson, who attended Skills & Mastery in at Stalham, “I can go back an share the new CLIPs with my already converted school. I can’t see any challenges at all.” Videos with Stalham staff and management found here.  For further references to the Sutton Trust at Cooperative Learning & the Sutton Trust on Pupil Premium.
The first pilot of this course was run at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia in June 2014, attended by Secondary School teachers, academic researchers and members of Norfolk SACRE and Norfolk County Council Social Services.

“Fascinated by CL as a driver for improved progress and SMSC.

Keen to try approach with my class.

– Alex Bowles, KS2 leader, Tuckswood Primary
Islam in RE, Islam Awareness Week special event, Norwich, March 17 2015

“HUGE potential to raise engagement.

– Kimberly Clarke, Norwich Primary Academy
Islam in RE, Islam Awareness Week special event, Norwich, March 17 2015
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2 responses to “Why Cooperative Learning? What it will do for you and what you don’t need to do…

  1. Pingback: Enquiry & Immersion; Thank you too! | cooperativelearning.works

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