KAGAN Co-operative Learning

KAGAN Co-operative Learning

Introduction

At Horizon Community College Kagan Co-operative Learning is our core pedagogical approach to the development of teaching and therefore the learning taking place by our students. Working closely with Gavin Clowes from Teacher to Teacher Professional Development we aim to become a recognised Model Kagan Co-operative Learning School.

As a college, we are investing in the development of all our teaching and support staff by training them on Day1-4 of the Kagan Co-operative Learning Course, along with the use of Kagan Coaching to ensure the core principles of co-operative learning are embedded.

Research indicates that all students achieve more when participating in KAGAN co-operative learning compared with when they work alone or taught in a traditional style, making a significant impact on the attainment gap between low and high achievers.

We are passionate about Kagan Co-operative Learning as it is an effective strategy which develops a pupil’s ability to gain new knowledge and process information while developing their social skills. All teacher organise their classes with students working in teams of 4 to complete the learning activities. Co-operative Learning structures enable students to work with their shoulder partner or the whole team to achieve the learning outcomes of the lesson. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what they are taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement and enabling pupils to make greater progress.

At Horizon Community College, every lesson has at least one Kagan Co-operative Learning Structure in place. This is either one of the ‘Famous Five’, Timed-Pair-Share, RallyRobin, StandUp-HandUp-PairUp, RallyCoach or RoundRobin or any other structure suitable for the learning taking place and we systematically use the Quiet Signal.

Please click the sub-headings below to find out more information regarding the KAGAN Co-operative Learning.

KAGAN Structures

Kagan Structures are designed to increase student engagement and co-operation. There are over 200 structures that a teacher can use to best enable learning. They are simple, step-by-step instructional strategies that are content free and easy to learn. Each Structure is designed to engage and develop specific types of thinking, social skills and different intelligences. Each structure is designed to foster mastery of different types of academic content.

This photograph shows our students taking part in the structure Timed Pair Share.

This photograph shows our students taking part in the structure RallyRobin.

This photograph shows our students taking part in the structure StandUp-HandUp-PairUp.

This photograph shows our students taking part in the structure RallyCoach.

This photograph shows our students taking part in the structure RoundRobin.