“Mum wasn’t good at maths either, luv…” 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 [Read about the actual impact of the project here.] Followers of this blog will be aware of my ongoing work with Sheringham Primary School and Nursery. The teaching school based... 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 →

…Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #5; IV “Ensure TAs are fully prepared for their role in the classroom”

This series of articles explains 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.  The seven recommendations are found in Section 5 of the report; This article discusses Recommendation IV:   In order to achieve this, the... Continue Reading →

How to NOT benefit from a visit to Stalham Academy; a warning to desperate heads

I am very happy that so many have taken an interest in the success of schools I have worked with. I am less happy to find that some visitors have disregarded the context of that success. Stalham Academy has recently issued a disclaimer email to schools whose staff have visited them following the Regional Schools... Continue Reading →

Making best use of … Leadership; Coaching & Cooperative Learning.

...lesson observations are often draining because outcomes seldom match the effort; observations often result in vague hints which are seldom followed up, rather than instantly applicable advice that actually improves life for teachers and pupils from the next day and onwards. Enter Cooperative Learning.

Cooperative Learning; Closed Questions, Closed Achievement Gaps

The reason I initially caught onto Tharby's article was that he so neatly explained my own motives for promoting closed questions - they provide the exactitude which is the foundation for higher level thinking and debating and they nicely mirror the precision that is a hallmark of Cooperative Learning.

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