If you find Maddie's statement above unconvincing, please find testimonials from grown-ups below.
Many are happy to act as my reference; please contact me for details.
The following is from an open letter from Jacqui Lund, then Assistant Headteacher at Fakenham Junior School:
‘A few thoughts which may or may not be useful: Cooperative learning transformed my teaching but more importantly it transformed the learning. It took the emphasis away from me as the teacher and put the emphasis on the children as learners. It provides a clear structure in which children know there is no place to hide from the learning, they have to take part, but the structure brings security too and opportunities for rehearsal therefore putting no one on the spot who is truly working. Cooperative learning raised my expectations of all children especially those slightly invisible children who Seem like they’ll never reach expectations and taught me they can! One particular child was achieving well below expectations in maths at the beginning of the year, cooperative learning techniques I believe were key in that child making accelerated progress to being very close to expectations for her age. She was transformed as a learner by cooperative learning. Cooperative learning = no place to hide, children 100% engaged and focused with smiles on their faces, developing polite community members , accelerated progress. What’s not to like? In classes where cooperative learning was well established last year, the progress of pupils was noticeably better than in classes where it was not fully established. I feel as if 2/3 of the year in my new job has rubbed the sheen off my excitement about cooperative learning! I could have gushed far more if you’d caught me a year ago!!!
Headteacher, Lucy Bates of Ormesby Village Junior School, writes:
Teacher in Year 3/4 at Ormesby, Rachel Holt, said:
Cooperative Learning is equally powerful in the later key stages.
Dalila Mengullet, Chemistry teacher, CCCU INSPIRE STEM PGCE 11-18, Imperial College, 2017.
- Judith Cross, RE coordinator at St Andrews School, on the tailored RE course:
Islam? Teaching Religious Literacy & Controversy Using Cooperative Learning, 2016.
- Izzy Richards, History and English teacher at Queen Mary's Grammar School,
on Better Reading through Cooperative Learning, 2016.
- Vanessa Branch, Safeguarding & Behavior Lead, Norwich Primary Academy, 2016.
- Lubna Khan, Headteacher at Berrymede Junior School, London, 2016.
- Nidha Anwar, teacher at Apex Primary School, 2015.
-Judy Brady, teacher at Norwich Primary Academy after a coaching session, 2015.
- Z.Khanom, Headteacher at Headstart Education Center, 2015.
- Garry Swinton, Chaplain of The Grey Coat Hospital and Westminster City School.
on tailored event Healing Fractures II - Beyond Birmingham?, 2015.
- M. Vince, RE teacher, 2014. Watch the video.
- Conleth Buckley, teacher trainer with the British Council, 2014.
- Hannah Hunter, RE coordinator, Queensmead School, 2014.
- Sarah Cobbold, RE teacher, Sct Benedict's Catholic High School, 2014.
- Claire Cuminatto, Lecturer in French Language at the School of Language and Communication Studies,
University of East Anglia, 2014.
- Dr Mike Diboll, Associate Tutor in EAP and Academic Development, University of Sussex, 2014.
As is the case with the list of my previous work, this is not comprehensive record of testimonials. Please find lots more in the video gallery which include themed interviews with headteachers and teachers. Or have a look at Features & Benefits.