Inside out? collaborating introverts

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Michael Godsey claims that the growing emphasis in classrooms on interactive arrangements can be challenging for introverted students who tend to perform better when they are working independently and in more subdued environments. The author argues that such students sometimes appear shy, depressed, or antisocial, when they actually... Continue Reading →

NQT on adopting Cooperative Learning … as an NQT.

How CLIPs accentuate PGCE training and allows tailoring to individual classrooms. Ms Rebecca Lamb, an NQT in Year 6 at Stalham Academy, describing some of her experiences adopting CLIPs (Cooperative Learning Interaction Patterns) from the Skills & Mastery course. Cooperative Learning is especially well-suited for new teachers struggling to land the ideals of university during their first couple of years,... Continue Reading →

Charlie’s Angels or Sympathy for the Devils? A full RE lesson plan on the Paris attacks

The following is a scalable, instantly applicable RE lesson plan related to the Paris murders, replete with differentiated sample materials for secondary. It uses Cooperative Learning to foster tightly controlled discussions of controversial materials in a safe environment and includes strategies for assessment, evidence of learning and SMSC integration in compliance with DfE requirements. Elements of the lesson may... Continue Reading →

Norwich High School for Girls; A tailored workshop lesson plan#2

(continued from previous post this is a detailing of a 60-minute  workshop presented at Norwich High School for Girls June 9, 2014). Stage 1: Activating schemata, testing assumptions Time: 10  minutes Level: multiple pairs CLIP: Ladders   After making students aware that this workshop would simulates some of the interdependence, individual accountability and the pressure they would be... Continue Reading →

Pair-Sharing; Ping-Pong with Derek the Nazi

Workshop debriefing: After looking into the overarching lesson aims of the inquiry exercise, here's the nitty-gritty of the ubiquitous pair work. Pairing students often comprise one of the stages of more complex group interaction, but also work brilliantly as a simple stand-alone prelude/follow-up to virtually any activity, as exemplified in the previous post featuring Sir Micheal Wilshaw. This post also serves... Continue Reading →

Monitoring and real-time feedback in the Cooperative Learning classroom

Workshop debriefing: As I have states in numerous places, the candid verbalization of opinions during the debate gives teachers a unique insight into the knowledge and thought processes of each individual student as thet work through tasks and materials. Also, a lot of finer points related to personality and social skills are brought to the fore and... Continue Reading →

Another brief interlude: What teachers should actually be doing in the student-centred classroom

"Unobtrusive monitoring" - indeed! As pointed out in the workshop, the continuous discussions which form the backbone of Cooperative Learning present a unique opportunity to follow thought processes as they unfurl. In a well-oiled classroom, in theory, all the teacher needs to do is to set them off and sit back and listen in. One,... Continue Reading →

The Order of Things #3

Breaking thinking patterns However, to guide students out of the dialectic of old-school caning vs. radical Summerhill I followed a class vote on which positive skills (including being well-read, inspiring, having oratory skills, critical thinking and caring about one's community) with the infamous immigrant rant from American History X to contextualize and block knee-jerk reactions to the question "should we be critical of SCL and alloting... Continue Reading →

The Order of Things

Deconstructing the workshop; Some reflections on staging Given that the workshop's aims included fusing the question of the purpose of education in today's society with the historic Islamic educational ethos using the social constructivism inherent in Cooperative Learning, I found it appropriately presumptuous to name this this post after Foucault's 1966 seminal work on underlying epistemological... Continue Reading →

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