Questions or discussion about Kagan theory, research, or implementing Kagan in your classroom.
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Post by dbarrett@kcsd96.org » Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:22 am

We are implementing Kagan structures in grades K-8 in our district. There is a concern that our students will get tired of using the structures by the time they get to Middle School. How can we be sure that this does not happen??

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Re: Burnout

Post by jeningalls » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:05 pm

Thanks for posting your great question! It’s exciting to hear about your K-8 implementation of Kagan structures. You are absolutely correct; the brain does crave novelty. Novelty is key to ensure that burnout does not happen. By using a variety of structures in class (see 6.24 in the Kagan CL Textbook), this creates novelty which is essential for a brain friendly classroom. By using a variety of content with each structure, teachers generate novelty as well.

In terms of selecting methods to engage students, if a teacher chooses the same teaching method repeatedly, that method has the potential to burn students out regardless of what it is. For example, when a 6th grader goes to math, the teacher lectures and the student completes work independently. Next the student goes to social studies, the teacher lectures and the student completes work independently. The student continues on to other classes, and the traditional teaching method is repeated throughout the day. If novelty is not exhibited, the potential for burnout exists in any classroom.

On a side note, if students are efficient in the use and implementation of structures, over time your staff will gain valuable instructional time and students will improve their interpersonal skills.

Thanks for reaching out – jenniferi@kaganonline.com