I teach at a private school, where the curriculum has to be followed. That means all test and quizzes provided by the curriculum must be given. I taught in a public school setting for six years. I have some freedom of being creative while teaching a lesson, but I must follow the book.
Has any one used the Kagan system in a private school setting?
Questions or discussion about Kagan theory, research, or implementing Kagan in your classroom.
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Yes....Kagan works in your setting. You can still follow the book - just insert structures when it says to ask a question or have kids discuss something. Timed Pair Share and the Rounds work great. During the guided practice section, you can use structures like RallyCoach or Simultaneous RoundTable. When you check for understanding, you can use a Numbered Heads. Remember, the structures are the "what" but the "how". Good Luck!