The reason I initially caught onto Tharby's article was that he so neatly explained my own motives for promoting closed questions - they provide the exactitude which is the foundation for higher level thinking and debating and they nicely mirror the precision that is a hallmark of Cooperative Learning.
One of the reasons why Cooperative Learning yields mind-boggling results is because it solves a lot of those tiresome conundrums that drive teachers nuts. I got inspired to write this post by Carl Hendrick's (@C_Hendrick) well-researched and well-referenced piece Five Things I Wish I knew When I started Teaching. Please visit his original post for elaboration... Continue Reading →
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 →
Student-Centred Learning in UK schools; Here be Dragons… Over the past month, I have been reading Mr Peal's Progressively Worse with disturbed fascination. For someone coming from the Scandinavian education system, with a very different ethos and political history, this book is an eye-opening insight into some of the visceral controversies over UK education, and a stern warning to any... Continue Reading →
These past few weeks I have had the stressed pleasure of doing the Cambridge CELTA at the Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE), a school that I do warmly recommend for it's professionalism, beautiful setting and really nice staff - that sense of being in a small old village library really took the edge of the intensity... Continue Reading →