Need help

Questions or discussion about Kagan theory, research, or implementing Kagan in your classroom.
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Need help

Post by Jodirhanna » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:49 am

Our faculty just applied Kagan systems this 12 months and all grades (ok-five) are experiencing problem with coaching the youngsters to provide quality training guidelines to their teammates/partner. Does every person have any hints further to modeling? thanks a lot!

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Re: Need help

Post by rickduvall » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:39 am

This is such a great question! Most students don't just naturally know how to help their peers. Think about us as educators -- haven't we all been stuck trying to come up with an appropriate way to help a struggling learner with our content?!

Whenever you are working with new content and are planning on implementing a structure where students will be coaching one another, I recommend that you take a few minutes and brainstorm with your students appropriate coaching gambits. Create anchor charts to display with hints and gambits (both what a coach should SAY and what a coach should DO -- a two-column T-chart works well for display). Model using the chart to guide the coach's tips. For example, if the students are working on homophones or contractions, brainstorm and chart helpful reminders such as, A coach can SAY, "Remember that an apostrophe stands for the letter i that is left out in the contraction 'it is' and the possessive pronoun 'its' doesn't have an apostrophe, just like 'his'." A coach can DO -- write "it" on a sticky note and "is" on another sticky note. Cover up the 'i' in "is" and show your partner how an apostrophe stands in place for the missing letter. Another example: if students are using a Kagan structure such as RallyCoach to practice determining if two shapes are congruent or similar in math class, you might chart something like -- A coach can say, "Congruent figures have the same size and same shape, whereas similar figures have the same shape, but not necessarily the same size." A coach can do, make two fists and hold them up to your partner and show them how they are congruent. Make a fist with one hand and bend one finger and show how they are similar.

With practice, students begin developing stronger abilities in coming up with appropriate coaching tips. This not only helps them assist their peers, it deepens all students' understanding of the content we're guiding them in learning.