As an educator, I believe the first step in learning begins by creating a classroom where students feel comfortable and secure. In doing so, I have adopted the beliefs of Dr. Spencer Kagan and have attended workshops on cooperative learning.

Due to my Kagan training, your child's classroom activities might be different than those of other students. In my classroom, students participate in a variety of Kagan structures designed to create positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, and simultaneous interaction. (Kagan Online- PIES) In doing so, students learn more and don't even know it! The activities are disguised as games so students believe they are participating in a game.

Each activity involves students working cooperatively with one another. In most activities, students must teach and learn. Students often find the most difficult task is being able to explain to another student how to do a problem or why we do it a certain way. This involves higher level thinking that leads to better academic performance.

Below I have included a few videos of the most common Kagan Structures I use in the classroom. The purpose of the videos is to show parents how we learn in the classroom. I want parents to be able to see how their child spends his/her time in the classroom. No, we are not just playing games but participating in learning activities!
What are students saying about cooperative learning?
Students in a 3rd grade classroom were asked to share their opinions about cooperative learning. Yes, the students think they are planning games but you can see their enthusiasm for working with others. The students share what we all know, kids like to talk with their friends! Students are also asked how cooperative learning makes them a better learner and their answers are right on target!
(Video taken Feb. 16th in Mrs. Stefanie McKoy's 3rd grade classroom. YouTube video uploaded by stefaniemckoy.)
Student Discussions
Our classroom might seem noisy when you walk in from the hallway, but in a cooperative classroom this means learning! Take a closer look at what students are talking about as they discuss answers in pairs and teams. Each student is in charge of their own learning and the learning of others.
(Video taken Feb. 16th in Mrs. Stefanie McKoy's 3rd grade classroom. YouTube video uploaded by stefaniemckoy.)

Quiz Quiz Trade

Below students are engaged in an activity titled Quiz Quiz Trade. During this activity students are moving around the room asking questions and praising classmates. At any one time, 50% of students are actively engaged. This activity is used during math, reading, writing, science, social studies and team / class building activities.

In this video, students are practicing punctuation, capitalization, and spelling questions. These questions are designed to be multiple choice questions and reflect the questioning style students will see on the state test in April.

(Video taken March 2nd, 2009 in Mrs. Stefanie McKoy's 3rd grade Classroom. YouTube video uploaded by KaganVideos)

Show Down

Students below are working as a team to answer questions and check each other's work. At any given moment, 100% of students are working on answering a question. Then, students will share answers with others and then discuss the correct answer. In this video you will also notice the students doing a GREAT job praising their team mates.


(Video taken March 4th, 2009 in Mrs. Melissa Agnew's 3rd grade classroom. YouTube video uploaded by KaganVideos)

Fan N' Pick

The following structure is best used with a team of four students. The groups are heterogeneous, meaning students vary in academic understanding. During this activity, 25% of the class is actively answering a question while the other group members praise or coach. This structure may be used for any academic area.

(Video taken March 4th, 2009 in Mrs. Melissa Agnew's 3rd grade classroom. TubeVideo uploaded by KaganVideos.)

Traveling Quiz N' Show

This video shows a variation of Traveling Quiz N' Show. Students move about the room to find a partner. Once students pair up, they are presented with a questions. After having time to answer the question independently, they share with a partner. While doing this activity, students are required to answer the question and then check / coach another teammate. Then, students may be asked to explain it to the whole class. This activity is used in the classroom daily for simple review, most commonly in math. This is a powerful review item as it involves students 'teaching' answers to others. This teaching process is the most beneficial aspect in the classroom. In this video, you will see only one question being presented during the single round. We continue the same steps for additional problems.

(Video taken March 6, 2009 in Mrs. Stefanie McKoy's 3rd grade classroom. YouTube video uploaded by KaganVideos.)

Classroom Response System and Cooperative Learning

The students in this video are engaging in cooperative discussion while using a Classroom Response System (CPS). The CPS is an individual answering system that allows for immediate feedback. In this classroom, students are allowed to individual answer the problem. Then students are asked to discuss their answer with their partner or group. This allows each student to share and receive feedback before making a final answer. Then, students use their CPS to 'chime' in their answer. The students in this video work towards a common goal of 10 questions right. This helps encourage all students to actively engage! Plus, you never know if the teacher will call on you to explain your answer!

(Video taken Feb. 16th in Mrs. Stefanie McKoy's 3rd grade classroom. YouTube video uploaded by stefaniemckoy.)

Last updated Feb. 6, 2010
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