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 →

The Chemistry of Communication; Oracy Skills in Science (and everywhere else)

Mrs Naomi Hennah (@MrsHennah) of Northampton School for Boys has created a clear and concise "visual summary of the complexity of chemical discourse" to boost oracy skills and language acquisition in chemistry.  (Link at the end of the page). Teachers from other subjects should not be put off, however. This post should hopefully make Mrs Hennah's considerations relevant not only to... Continue Reading →

Cooperate Be Literate Live!

Happy New Year: This Thursday, the first lesson plan hatched by the Cooperate Be Literate project will be presented to delegates at the ASE Annual Conference 2016 at the University of Birmingham. Ben and I have been busy over Christmas writing up the lesson plan and preparing our science reading lessons. We’ve written the first chapters of our... Continue Reading →

Cooperate Be Literate

As mentioned in the previous post, a dream has come true for me. I am working with a highly experienced science teacher to discover how Cooperative Learning can further literacy skills in science from KS2 to University. Given the routine assertions that Cooperative Learning denotes wet talking exercises, some science and maths teachers I have spoken to have... Continue Reading →

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