The Chemistry of Communication; Oracy Skills in Science (and everywhere else)

Mrs Naomi Hennah (@MrsHennah) of Northampton School for Boys has created a clear and concise “visual summary of the complexity of chemical discourse” to boost oracy skills and language acquisition in chemistry.  (Link at the end of the page). Teachers from other subjects should not be put off, however. This post should hopefully make Mrs Hennah’s considerations relevant not only to… Continue Reading →

Widening Participation; How Cooperative Learning can put Possible Selves into practice

We are an enterprise educator and a Cooperative Learning specialist developing a set of ‘confidence and resilience’ building activities for a Higher Education Progression Partnership. This post shares our experiences with putting the concept of “Possible Selves” to work for the Widening Participation agenda.  [5 minute read] Since embarking on our work for HeppSY+, Catherine… Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools#7: In the bright light of Rosenshine

Something as true-to-life as Participatory Budgeting in schools will invariably need to include some Project-Based Learning components across multiple work-groups simultaneously – So, how does that measure up to Barak Rosenshine’s principles of instruction? Here’s a take on how Cooperative Learning helps us cut through that discussion, using Tom Sherrington’s booklet. On 20 May this… 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 →

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 Katharine Birbalsingh, Participatory Budgeting defies categorisation and, as such, could open a liminal space for a… Continue Reading →

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