Cafés are wonderful – but don’t try one at home

I am pleased to republish this article by Dr Peter Atkinson, warning those who believe that it is a simple thing to facilitate a successful Knowledge Café, let alone the much more complex venture of Co-Creative Conversation (compared here). This article is a natural addendum to the third article in the Corona Conversation series describe... Continue Reading →

Corona Conversations #3: Lessons from a Co-Creative Conversation; Why it actually isn’t just talk.

This is the third of three articles originally published on Medium.com in connection with the public Corona Conversations in April and May 2020 by Dr Steve Ellis and myself tackling sense- and decision-making, agency and collaboration in the post-pandemic world.  If the future of all communication in the pandemic-prone world is online, we need to... Continue Reading →

Corona Conversations #2: Stick a pin in your filter bubble; On the value of talking to people you disagree with

5 min read This is the second of three articles originally published on Medium.com in connection with the public Corona Conversations in April and May 2020 by Dr Steve Ellis and myself tackling sense- and decision-making, agency and collaboration in the post-pandemic world.  On the brink of the new millennium, a young duo trapped in a... Continue Reading →

Corona Conversations #1: “But he hasn’t got anything on,” a little virus said.

 7 min read This is the first of three articles originally published on Medium.com in connection with the public Corona Conversations in April and May 2020 by Dr Steve Ellis and myself tackling sense- and decision-making, agency and collaboration in the post-pandemic world.  ____________ LIKE the little boy in the H.C. Andersen story, the Coronavirus has... Continue Reading →

Creating a High-Performance culture: Powerful systems or empowered people?

One of my new partners, Dragonfly Training, has the same idea as me. Call it the belief that there is some form of logical progression between being a child and being an adult and that the world of schooling and world of work have something to offer each other. Turns out they do. This theme... Continue Reading →

Picking off the 7 Deadly Difficulties in Teaching: #3 “No time for practice”

Engineering enough fine-grained practice before moving on. Third in the series. Cooperative Learning does not magically generate more minutes in your lesson. It does, however, increase what you get out of the minutes that you do have: Henderson Green Primary Academy, "the worst school in Norwich" two years after their first Cooperative Learning inset. There... Continue Reading →

Picking off the 7 Deadly Difficulties in Teaching: #2 “Some get it; some don’t.”

Second in the series of 2 minute reads on how Cooperative Learning takes out each of the 7 deadly difficulties in teaching summarised by Tom Sherrington. Here comes the ogre of "Diverging attainment." Deadly Difficulty #2: Some get it; some don’t. Diverging attainment. In a sense, divergent attainment can be more difficult than when the... Continue Reading →

Picking off the 7 Deadly Difficulties in Teaching: #1 “They still don’t get it”

This series of 2 minute reads shares how I've seen teachers use Cooperative Learning to take out each of the 7 deadly difficulties in teaching so neatly summarised by Tom Sherrington. For the first difficulty ("They still don't get it") we will use the absolute simplest of Cooperative Learning Interaction Patterns which is the bread-and-butter... Continue Reading →

GCSEs *and* Confidence; (Re-)considering our yardstick of success

Working on the HeppSy+ programme has made me ponder connections between a happy life and the ‘confidence and resilience’ strand also found in the new Character Education framework. [6 minute read] The importance of building confidence and resilience in young adults cannot be overestimated. In a recent mental health survey, the largest ever conducted on... Continue Reading →

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