Sharon Wallace, Effective teaching and learning teacher, along with Carol Paton, both of the Curriculum Support Team delivered a Cooperative Learning academy to 80 Secondary High School Support for Learning Assistants at Grangemouth High School.
The academy examined a range of Cooperative Learning strategies and aimed to raise confidence and knowledge of how to support class teachers and lead small groups using Cooperative Learning techniques.
Newly formed ‘home’ teams developed their team identity with the design of a flag which encapsulated commonalities. One stray, three stray was used to share the learning. Colleagues also participated in ‘think, pair, share’, ‘stand and deliver’, ‘paired reading’ and group processing activities. A range of social skills were included across all of the activities.
Class builders included an ‘inside/ outside circle’, ‘corners’, ‘find someone who’ and clock partners.
The day concluded with the sharing of team poems which were delivered with confidence, enthusiasm and lots of laughter!
Next steps were examined and colleagues returned to their schools to share their new learning.
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For more information on Cooperative and Collaborative learning, please visit: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningteachingandassessment/approaches/collaboration/index.asp