Monday, 10 October 2016

Kagan structures of Class - Activity Oriented

Traditional teaching engages some students but not all . Kagan is a revolutionary approach to teaching that actively engages every student.

let's look at the problems traditional teaching creates, students sit in rows,
the rule is,no talking the teacher presents new information or a new skill
to engage students the teacher asked the class a question .one student response at a time.

sounds familiar doesn't it so what's wrong with that.The first problem is we
set our students against each other.When the teacher calls on Peter to answer soo Lee lowers her hand and disappointment ah....but when Peter begins to falter.

He shoots your hand back up waves wildly pick me teacher ,a subset of
students compete for the opportunity to shine.A competitive class is not a brain
friendly learning environment .The next problem is students been very little
time actively engaged the teacher is doing most of the talking most of the time .

when we finally do engage students it's one at a time .It's like being in a long line waiting to be served a big percent of the class to somewhere between mildly interested and comatose.Many students don't want to turn they feel they can't or don't want to compete johnny is shy monica is lower achieving one is still learning English .

These students don't want to be singled out .Don't call on me they hide they opt out it's no wonder we have an achievement gap . Traditional teaching engages some of the class but many students can easily slip through the cracks cake and engages all students we turn things around.Literally instead of facing the back of a classmate's head returns to surround the face each other instead of calling on one student at a time we can call up all students using a keg and structure time to pair share the teacher asked a question in pairs partner a shares for shares for .Everyone has turn sharing with the partners safe.

There's no need to hide in just a little over a minute we engage every student in the same amount of time in the traditional class we engage one student what's better engage one student or engage every student .Absolutely right .Everyone learns more it's not just the amount of engagement that matters it also matters how we engage students with Kagan structures we engage students with interactive pair and team structures while students master academic curriculum they develop essential social skills ,they learn teamwork skills, they develop communication skills, they practice leadership skills these are the very college and career readiness skills are standards call for in teams students are no longer isolated or competing against each other.

They celebrate each other successes .
They are on the same side cooperation leads to kinder and more caring kids.
We create buddy's not bullies.
Kagan simple yet powerful structures transform education in number of heads together teammates put their heads together to review .Every one is more active and the content becomes more memorable in quiz quiz trade students repeatedly quiz classmates they have so much more fun being up and active than working alone.

In rally coach partner solve problems together instead of independent practice .Students have appeared to coach them and provide immediate feedback .While teach the traditional way when we have so many alternatives to engage every student

Kagan isn't something we think might work .Kagan is scientifically researched based

hundreds of studies on cooperative learning show tremendous academic and social gains over traditional with Kagan. Teachers are engaging their disengaged students struggling schools are making dramatic games entire districts are raising their test scores kagan works .Kagan works because Kagan creates full engagement for every student engaged students are bored or disruptive engaged students enjoy school more engaged students learn more Kagan it's all about engagement


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