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 →

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #1

The seminal EEF Guidance Report Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants point out the often-unrealised negative impact of many TAs on attainment. This series of articles explores how one MAT uses Cooperative Learning to operationalise the seven recommendations found in that report. On their dedicated page, the Education Endowment Foundation introduces the topic of teaching assistants thus:... 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 →

Socio(pathic) Skills #3; Rebel without a clue

Workshop debriefing: The place of this video in the workshop is discussed in the previous post. I do however feel it deserves it's own post, as it does call some basic assumptions about intelligence and skills into question. Before watching this video clip, first ask yourself if you agree school should create students who are well-read, committed... Continue Reading →

The Order of Things #3

Workshop debriefing: The materials arranged in order of presentation and how they tie in with the objectives of the session: STAGE 1: UK Education - past/present/(future?) Objective: enquire into issues of the current system to arrive at systemic issues. Materials: Ibrahim Lawson Keynote #1 on the birth of Modernity and the chaotic fall of the grand... Continue Reading →

A brief interlude; keynotes uploaded

Workshop debriefing: To provide context, please feel free to peruse the four keynotes which formed the backbone of the workshop narrative. Link to online doc. Note that in a school setting, these four text might have been culled from whatever material suited the lesson plan, i.e. in English a short story with stages of character development, in... Continue Reading →

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