April 4 workshop; Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning

This workshop turns research published by Iowa State University earlier this year into practical activities that embed subject learning into long-term memory and connects discreet knowledge to context and application. [4 mins to read] I am presenting with Ed Dooley, Deputy Headteacher at Bluebell Primary School in Norwich and SSIF Maths project lead. Ed has extensive... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools #2; Progressive Traditionalism?

At first glance, Participatory Budgeting would seem to fit snugly into the left-wing, child-empowering, progressive fold. At second glance, you might say that it sits equally well with the competition-driven Dragon's Den of standard neo-liberal Enterprise Education.  But, like Katharine Birbalsingh, Participatory Budgeting defies categorisation and, as such, could open a liminal space for a... Continue Reading →

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 →

Better Reading through Cooperative Learning

Charles Coddy Walker Academy and Werdelin Education invite our colleagues to attend two sixty-minute twilights on Better Reading and Better Writing through Cooperative Learning on April 18 and 25 respectively. Have you ever been dismayed at students not grasping texts even after ample support and time to read them aloud in class? This CLIP (Cooperative Learning Interaction... Continue Reading →

Two open sessions on Cooperative Learning in Walsall

Charles Coddy Walker Academy and Werdelin Education invite our colleagues to attend two sixty-minute twilights on Better Reading and Better Writing through Cooperative Learning on April 18 and 25 respectively. We have previously discussed how the DfE-promoted Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit rate collaborative strategies among the absolute top investment of Pupil Premium, giving as much as 5 months... Continue Reading →

New Video: Vice Principal, 10 weeks into the Skills & Mastery programme

In this short video, Ben Rogers, Vice Principal, discusses Norwich Primary Academy's experience with Skills & Mastery. Norwich Primary Academy, situated in one of the most socially challenged areas of the city, is now using Cooperative Learning to develop key human skills; resilience, mental toughness, sense of duty, service to others - without compromising academic performance.... Continue Reading →

eCL#4: Questions about Islam; a ready-to-use 37-card set

Of general interest to any RE teacher in KS2+ dealing with Islam, and especially to attendees at the CPD course Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry and the Ihsan Mosque Enquiry & Immersion field trips, now finally available to primary schools after the Islam Awareness Week pilot.  The latest edition of cooperativelearning.works newsletter,  eCL,  is a 37 card... Continue Reading →

21st century British Muslim in London; a message from the course leader

. I have been asked by Association of Muslim Schools management to provide some more detail on the event Cooperative Learning: "21st century British Muslim - the Solution?" to take place on 3rd February in London. The recent events in Paris have only underlined the importance of this course, and the course unit Negotiating conflicting values & viewpoints has been fully committed to... Continue Reading →

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