Lancaster Central School District

Centers of Learning and Growth

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

     
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