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 →

Skills and Mastery at Norfolk Academy: Attainment with CL

Werdelin Education has been working closely with the head of Stalham Academy to facilitate the newly converted Academy's vision of high attainment through engaging, high impact student-centred learning. Cooperative Learning is often incorrectly perceived as "talking exercises" unsuitable for teaching specific procedures or rote learning. The contrary is true: CL is highly effective in teaching facts, reading, maths and SPaG.... 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 emphasizes teacher involvement in setting goals and determining activities," as opposed to more open... Continue Reading →

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