• Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures

    Teacher leaders from across the district and in each building have been trained in Kagan structures for use in the classroom and in-turn have continued building capacity with the teachers in the district, K-12, on effective uses of Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies for all students. 

    What are Kagan Structures?

    Structures are simple, step-by-step instructional strategies. Most Kagan Structures are designed to increase student engagement and cooperation. For example, a simple Kagan Structure is a RallyRobin. Rather than calling on one student at a time, the teacher has all students interacting at once by saying, “Turn to your partner and do a RallyRobin.” During a RallyRobin, students repeatedly take turns, giving one answer each turn to create an oral list. Each student in the class gives several answers. For longer responses, the teacher might use a different structure, a Timed Pair Share. In a Timed Pair Share, each student in turn shares for a predetermined time, perhaps only a minute each.
    Source: http://www.kaganonline.com/free_articles/dr_spencer_kagan/ASK38.php


    What are the basic principles of Kagan Cooperative Learning? Why do we need basic principles?

    The basic principles of good cooperative learning are that:

    1) The learning task promotes teamwork and students experience themselves as being on the same side;

    2) Each student is held accountable for their individual contribution;

    3) Students participate about equally; and

    4) Many students are engaged at once.

    These simple principles ensure students will cooperate, that each will make an independent contribution, and that all students participate about equally and participate a great deal. They are important because if we leave them out, students can hide — they can take a free ride allowing others to do the work. In the traditional classroom, participation is voluntary. Many students, for whatever reasons, simply do not participate. When the principles are in place, all students become intensely engaged.

    Structures
      • Teambuilding
      • Classbuilding
      • Mastery
      • Thinking Skills
      • Information Sharing
      • Communication Skills 

    Kagan Teacher Leader

    Building

    Department

    Beck, Mary Donna

    WS

    Grade 4

    Bona, Lynne 

    HS

    Music  K-6 and 7-12

    Canaski, Shaun

    WS

    Technology

    Catalano, Mary Ann

    HS

    Math 7-12

    Darnley, Molly

    WS

    Grade 4

    Dickson, Caren

    WS

    Grade 5

    DiMarco, Kristen

    WS

    Health 4-12; FC  7-12

    Eberhart, Kristin

    HS

    Social Studies 7-12

    Falk, Mary Kay

    HS

    Special Ed 7-12

    Fitzpatrick, Sarah

    WS

    Grade 5

    Gembar, Karen

    HS

    Physical Education 7-12

    Gembar, Michael

    MS

    Technology 7-12

    Harrington, Kathleen

    WS

    Grade 5

    Herrscher, Peter

    HS

    Business 9-12

    Hopkins, Keith

    HS

    Social Studies 7-12

    Hultgren, Patrick

    HS

    English 7-12

    Johnson, Andrea

    JAS

    Grade 2

    Kirsch, Donald

    HS

    Special Ed 7-12

    Kuras, Erica

    CP

    Grade 3

    Masters, Aaron

    MS

    Science 7-12

    McLouth, Kristine

    CT

    Grade 1

    Miller, Michelle

     HV

    Grade 3

    Murray, Julie

    HV

    Physical Education K-6

    Oskvig, Lianne

    JAS

    Grade 3

    Pagano, Christina

    MS

    Foreign Language 7-12

    Pavlovich, Matthew

    CP

    AIS

    PerrySmith, Ann

    HS

    Art 7-12

    Riley, Christopher

    HS

    Science 7-12

    Schmitt, Nicholas

    HS

    English 7-12

    Sepe, Karen

    CT

    Grade 3

    Smerka, Allison

    MS

    Foreign Language 7-12

    Stockslader, Christine

    MS

    Library/Media K-12

    Uhteg, Melanie

    HS

    Art  K-6

    Zitzka, Judy

    MS

    Math 7-12