Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation recently argued that “If you’re not using evidence to inform your decisions, you must be using prejudice.” But how, as a school leader, do you know which evidence to use in your context? How do you evaluate its impact? And how can you ensure that it... 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 →
Cooperative Learning; (an) engaging business
I have pointed out in the about section that Cooperative Learning can be used "Everywhere you find a group of people, including classrooms, study groups, even teacher-parent knees-ups…." Here is the evidence from Mr Khalid Mair, a London businessman and experienced coach with a longstanding commitment to community building. In these comments on Healing Fractures II - Beyond... Continue Reading →
Critical thinking & community empowerment: coming soon to a staff room near you?
An MTA training event "Muslim Teachers of the Future" yesterday raised the level, urgency and sheer importance of investigative sessions such as Healing Fractures II. Odd thing to write under a heading which includes the word "Critical thinking", but if Sunday's event is anything to go by, I want to start by quite uncritically recommending Muslim Teacher's Association's training... Continue Reading →
Enquiry and Immersion: Full-Day Field Trip to Ihsan Mosque, November 13
- a unique cross cultural meeting for all secondary RE students in Norfolk I have been advocating Cooperative Learning as a tool to facilitate collaboration between schools and faith communities for some time, and have now partnered with Ihsan Mosque in Norwich to stage a unique cross cultural meeting for all secondary RE students in Norfolk, the first to... Continue Reading →
Skills and Mastery at Norfolk Academy: Attainment with Cooperative Learning
Oct 2014 Werdelin Education has been working closely with the acting head of Stalham Academy, Andrew Howard, to facilitate the newly converted Academy's vision of high attainment through engaging, high impact student-centred learning. Andrew Howard, acting head at Stalham Academy, 2014. Watch this space! Cooperative Learning is often incorrectly perceived as "talking exercises" unsuitable for teaching specific procedures... Continue Reading →
From Cooperative Learning of skills to Collaboration as a Skill
As a further note to Dr. Lawson's comment on teachers subverting a cumbersome educational system to create amazing teaching, I just came across an article on Personal Learning Network about the distinction between collaborative learning and Cooperative Learning. The author defines Cooperative Learning as an "educational approach that emphasises teacher involvement in setting goals and... Continue Reading →