Be a part of the book: “Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning”

Andrew Howard and I are inviting colleagues to comment and advise on the first draft manuscript of our book "The Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning."   "Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning" is not for academics but a manual for real teachers facing hands-on challenges. As is clear in last week's article, Expecting the Inspection, teachers using Cooperative... Continue Reading →

Oracy is brilliant! (But you *do* need someone to talk to…)

Earlier this year, Paul Warwick from Oracy Cambridge and Beccy Earnshaw from Voice21 gave a ‘double-header’ presentation for The Brilliant Club at the UCL Institute of Education in London. Especially secondary schools and colleges desiring students to engage more with education and life alike, this is a must read. I have taken the liberty here of retrofitting... Continue Reading →

What *isn’t* Cooperative Learning; a guided meditation featuring PIES.

Guided meditation is a brilliant way to embed those absolutely essential messages. If you will indulge me, I will now share a teaching method that has nothing to do with Cooperative Learning. Although this specific example of a guided meditation was presented to adults at Wednesday's inspiring get-together (#IgniteTM) courtesy of Ormiston Venture Academy (@OrmistonVenture) it... Continue Reading →

How Cooperative Learning makes CPD effective; a commentary on Roger Higgin’s NRSN twilight

If teaching and learning is the raison d'etre of everything else, empowering teachers through professional development must be given top priority. This article explores last week's Norwich Research Schools Network event An Introduction to Making CPD Effective presented by Roger Higgins and Tom Pinnington of Notre Dame High School. A brief interlude: What is the Research Schools Network?... Continue Reading →

On the Subject of Social Skills#2; Cooperative Learning … and why bad boys love school

Teachers often ask me if Cooperative Learning isn't only relevant in classes which already function socially. The answer is a firm no. On the contrary, Cooperative Learning is specifically a solution to any social problems found within the class. For this very reason, schools with a high level of behaviour issues often stand to benefit... Continue Reading →

“Mum wasn’t good at maths either, love…” Girls, Maths & Cooperative Learning

I am very honoured to be taking part in the Strategic School Improvement Fund project to raise progress in mathematics for KS2 girls in Norfolk Followers of this blog will be aware of my ongoing work with Sheringham Primary School and Nursery. The teaching school based there, Norfolk’s largest, has made a successful bid for... Continue Reading →

Hand in Glove; SOLO Taxonomy & Cooperative Learning

Action Research: Working with Berrymede Junior School has presented an opportunity to better harness the vast amounts of pupil knowledge made visible by Cooperative Learning. Ever open to hand-carry any and all curriculum content and pedagogical approaches, Cooperative Learning multiplies the value of programmes as diverse as Read-Write-Inc, Talk4Writing, and Maths No Problem. However, one specific... Continue Reading →

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 →

…Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning#6; V-VII On linking structured, quality TA interventions to regular teaching

This is the final instalment in our series of articles explaining how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of TAs Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently.  This article discusses Recommendations V-VII, found in Section 6 & 7 of the report:   The essentials... Continue Reading →

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