Haili Hughes, Head of Education, IRIS Connect, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland, author and speaker

Forget everything you think you know about collaborative learning and the silly prog–trad debates which cloud the issue. This brilliant, powerful book seeks to redefine what Cooperative Learning is and – spoiler alert – it is not disorganised group work.

Written in an engaging and humorous yet authoritative and knowledgeable way, it defines the key concepts and explains the action steps which can be put in place to transform learning in our schools. After the theoretical and practical grounding of the first two chapters, each chapter thereafter is like a stand-alone unit, which can be dipped into as and when required. What’s more, the book features a variety of different subject-specific examples and covers a wide range of topics, including how Cooperative Learning links to Rosenshine’s principles, getting your teaching assistant involved and a real-life case study of how a school embedded the approach. The authors provide a step-by-step manual which will equip any teacher from any phase with all the tools to get impactful Cooperative Learning up and running in their classroom.

The Beginner’s Guide to Cooperative Learning will change education for the better. It sets out a compelling case for how it can benefit not just all students, but all teaching staff too. A must-buy.

Bethan | 01/11/2021 14:51
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