I was asked the question "When can Co-Activity be used in education?" My initial response was "When could it not be used?" But OK, some examples might be better.
Talking with teachers I still hear that they work in a 'traditional' setting. That is, they teach pre-determined lessons in classroom with a class of 30 students who are supposed to be attentively seated on chairs at desks. I would of course like to challenge that, to change it, to create a better working environment; but that requires the understanding, agreement and collaboration of many people. So, I will start in that classroom, with that teacher and that pre-determined lesson plan:
When to use Co-Activity?
Start the lesson (the students are gathered around the doorway)
Start the lesson (the students are in the classroom, and are not quite ready to learn)
Start a particular set of activities
Bring the ongoing activities to a close
Draw out the students' learning from the recent activities
Get some feedback on today's lesson
Give some feedback on today's / yesterday's lesson
Give some behaviour feedback to a student
Give some knowledge feedback to a student
Connect the learning to students' life purpose
Find inspiring reasons for students to connect with the lesson
Guide students in defining their personal goals for the lesson
Guide students in choosing their behavious for the (rest of the) lesson
Guide students in defining their personal goals for the next few weeks
Encourage a student to stretch beyond their (perceived) limits
Involve students who seem uninvolved
Encourage several students to collaborate
Encourage certain students to give each other space to learn the lesson
Connect the learning to the students' community interests and needs >>>
Connect the learning to the students' parents' expectations
Connect the learning to the students' cultural background
Connect the learning to the Education System's expectations
Facilitate learning from a mild difference of opinion
Facilitate learning from a strong difference of opinion
Facilitate learning from a slight difference of perspective
Facilitate learning from a great difference of perspective
Draw out the students' learning from the lesson
Bring the lesson to a close
Prepare the students for the next lesson / lunchbreak etc
many more, so many more
Co-Active concepts and how they could be applied to: "Connect the learning to the students' community interests and needs." (for example)
Establishing the Agenda What you say Ask open questions ... about how much the lesson connects with the students' community interests and needs.
Resonant Choice What your eyes, ears and intuition are tuned into Listening to the class as a whole, and groups of students, aim to identify what resonates with them. Share your observations with the class.
Saboteur Awareness What your eyes, ears and intuition are tuned into Note when students sabotage themselves, by what they saying or choosing to hear, or doing, or reacting. Bring that observation to their attention. Teach a Saboteur-taming skill. Wholeness What you remind yourself Remind yourself to see each student at all ages in their lives - as everything from an innocent new-born baby, a teenager, a middle-aged person and a wise old person - all at the same time. (for example)
Witness/Be With How you manage yourself Whatever behaviour or language comes up during the lesson, remind yourself that you do not have to react to it. You can simply witness it, stay with it, show that you are receiving the behaviour and language and choosing how you respond. (for example)
Dance in the Moment What you do and say Keep your focus on the pre-set lesson, the agenda and what's happening in the room; and allow yourself to respond in a playful way.