Comprehending Texts & Acquiring Language… Reflections#1

This new series of post investigates the workshop Comprehending Texts & Acquiring Language in Science presented 4 Jan 2018 at the ASE annual conference by Naomi Hennah (@MrsHennah) and myself.  This first instalment focuses on how the Word-Round following the reading activity was used summatively to investigate the text and to develop questioning as a transferable skill. Introduction for... Continue Reading →

ASE London #1: Out of the Question …

It was a pleasure to attend yesterday's Association of Science Education's London and Essex Summer Conference "Supporting Learning for all in Science" at the Institute of Education, London. For someone like me, whose method deliberately targets achievement gaps, the title alone made coming irresistible. A special thank you to Sheila of ASE, who virtually singlehandedly... 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.

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 →

Two open sessions on Cooperative Learning in Walsall

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. We have previously discussed how the DfE-promoted Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit rate collaborative strategies among the absolute top investment of Pupil Premium, giving as much as 5 months... Continue Reading →

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