Cooperative learning is an educational approach which aims to organize classroom activities into academic and social learning experiences. There is much more to Cooperative Learning than merely arranging students into groups, and it has been described as "structuring positive interdependence". "Kagan Structures" are instructional strategies designed to promote cooperation and communication in the classroom, boost students' confidence and retain their interest in classroom interaction. Cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement. Students work through the assignment until all group members successfully understand and complete it.
Cooperative efforts result in participants striving for mutual benefit so that all group members:
• gain from each other's efforts. (Your success benefits me and my success benefits you.)
• recognize that all group members share a common fate. (We all sink or swim together here.)
• know that one's performance is mutually caused by oneself and one's team members. (We can not do it without you.)
• feel proud and jointly celebrate when a group member is recognized for achievement. (We all congratulate you on your accomplishment!).
Delivering your lesson content using a Kagan Cooperative structure is a way of easily increasing the amount of time your pupils spend ‘on task’. Along with this comes all the benefits of facilitating the learning of a class where pupils are all actively and simultaneously engaged in learning. Structures minimize the opportunity for pupils to become distracted, disruptive and then disaffected by giving them the skills to work with others and to learn independently of the ‘teacher’. Structures teach pupils social skills; interaction with other pupils, turn taking, listening to the views of others and sharing information.
Kagan Cooperative Learning has been the most heavily studied cooperative learning innovation of all time. Kagan continues to show success in cooperative learning because of their set structures which rely on individual accountability (See PIES Principles) in the cooperative learning groups, which is something that is extremely important in order for cooperative learning to succeed.
Participating in a multi-day course will show you how to build powerful learning teams in your classroom. You'll learn Kagan methods for TeamBuilding, ClassBuilding, classroom management, dozens more Kagan Structures for mastery, higher-level thinking, and social skills. Kagan Institutes are extremely practical, hands-on classes packed with great ideas all grounded in sound research and theory! Kagan Professional Development offers the world's most powerful and engaging professional development opportunities for educators. Each year, Kagan offers workshops, academies, coaching, and courses to thousands of teachers, trainers, and administrators worldwide. What sets Kagan apart from other training organizations is Kagan Structures. Kagan Structures are research-based instructional strategies that have a track record of improving academic achievement and social outcome.