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: Guided Meditation. Although this specific example was presented to adults at an Ignite teachmeet (#IgniteTM) in Great Yarmouth, it will help your pupils... 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 →

Stuart’s Cake; getting more out of your CPD through Implementation & Evaluation

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 →

A guide to the “Guide”; The overlooked Cooperative Learning resource

The "CLIP reflection & coaching guide for teachers & TAs" has been included in CPD packs almost as an afterthought since my work with Norwich Primary Academy. However, I have never myself had the opportunity to witness its true power in the hands of two teachers speaking to each other. * includes a link to a... Continue Reading →

“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 →

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 →

…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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