This is the first of several themed recordings from the webinar "Special Measures to Top-500 with Cooperative Learning."
Diamonds in the Rough; video & slides from Monday’s presentation
Among the 85 delegates who missed the first Tea Party due to Storm Doris, but remain curious about the new VNET/NB2B Cooperative Learning programme Diamonds in the Rough? This six-minute video edit summarises my presentation at Mattishall. Best enjoyed with tea. The full slideshow is also available for viewing at werdelin.co.uk/VNET.html. The full slideshow is available for viewing... Continue Reading →
Great Tea, but what was the Party really about?
The only time anyone looked half interested was when they were talking to each other, rather than listening to me. Which is precisely why Cooperative Learning instantly improves teaching and learning in any school. For the benefit of delegates who did not feel satiated after our 15 minutes, this brief article details the underlying objectives of, and delegate feedback to, the Cooperative Learning session at the VNET Tea Party 20 March 2017.
Stalham Academy, What Went Right? Lesson#3: Get your Head around it.
MAKE TEACHING VISIBLE: Many NPQHs will remember the concept of a "Golden Thread" that should "run through the school." But as with so much educational advice, that is a vague concept much in the same way as "ensure pupil engagement." For someone in the thick of it, such fluffy instructions are not helpful. And this... Continue Reading →
Stalham Academy, What Went Right? Lesson#2: Dive in Head first.
This is the second instalment of the Stalham Academy series, which investigates how a reeling Norfolk primary in special measures could reach UK top-500 in two years - for a £900 CPD investment. In the previous post, we discussed the importance of knowing what you want. This second post examines the steps from the first CPD... Continue Reading →
Stalham Academy, What Went Right? Lesson#1: Getting your Head straight.
Even in a Formula One racing car, it all comes down to the driver. If they weren't so skilled, Stalham Academy's senior leadership should be wearing fireproof suits and crash helmets. This is the first in a series of articles discussing how Stalham Academy used Cooperative Learning to get from special measures to top 500... Continue Reading →
Welcome back to school; time for dessert
Preparing for academic year 2016-2017. The proof is in the pudding... Anyone who looks through the copious research (including the meta-studies in the Teaching and Learning Toolkit) is convinced by Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning always works if you follow the steps, quite literally. But, unlike most other things in life, Cooperative Learning gives what you want from it. If you're... Continue Reading →
Better (Talk4)Writing through Cooperative Learning
The last of three open CPD sessions in Walsall took place yesterday at North Walsall Academy (previously Charles Coddy Walker). For the benefit of attendees at these events, and schools who have gone through the Skills & Mastery or 21st century British Muslim courses, this short post demonstrates the integration of Talk4Writing with Cooperative Learning.... Continue Reading →
Better Reading through Cooperative Learning
Charles Coddy Walker Academy and Werdelin Education invite our colleagues to attend two sixty-minute twilights on Better Reading and Better Writing through Cooperative Learning on April 18 and 25 respectively. Have you ever been dismayed at students not grasping texts even after ample support and time to read them aloud in class? This CLIP (Cooperative Learning Interaction... Continue Reading →
“Outstandingly Simple”follow-up; an introduction to Cooperative learning
Yesterday, 50+ internal and external delegates attended "Outstandingly Simple," a 60-minute introduction to Cooperative Learning at Queen Mary's Grammar School. This post contains some of the materials, extra resources and reflections on the event. First of all, thank you to all attendees. With high individual accountability, Cooperative Learning is very demanding after a full day... Continue Reading →