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 →

The Chemistry of Collaboration: CL & Science at the ASE Annual Conference.

At January's annual ASE conference in Liverpool, Naomi Hennah and I hope to demonstrate how Cooperative Learning can further her vision for oracy skills in Science. Naomi Hennah (@MrsHennah) is a Teacher of Science/Chemistry at Northampton School for Boys.  I have previously written a dedicated article on her work. Mrs Hennah says: The difficulties associated... 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 →

Five Things You Wish You’d Known (about Cooperative Learning) before You started Teaching

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 →

The Chemistry of Communication; Oracy Skills in Science (and everywhere else)

Mrs Naomi Hennah (@MrsHennah) of Northampton School for Boys has created a clear and concise "visual summary of the complexity of chemical discourse" to boost oracy skills and language acquisition in chemistry.  (Link at the end of the page). Teachers from other subjects should not be put off, however. This post should hopefully make Mrs Hennah's considerations relevant not only to... Continue Reading →

A lesson at the Association for Science Education

Ben and I presented our first joint session to Science teachers at the ASE conference in Birmingham yesterday; in spite of very positive feedback, it was a lesson that taught us something. First of all, I've always run my CPD with delegates playing the role of their own pupils. One reason is because Cooperative Learning... Continue Reading →

Cooperate Be Literate

As mentioned in the previous post, a dream has come true for me. I am working with a highly experienced science teacher to discover how Cooperative Learning can further literacy skills in science from KS2 to University. Given the routine assertions that Cooperative Learning denotes wet talking exercises, some science and maths teachers I have spoken to have... Continue Reading →

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