RE: Teacher's Physical Location/Body Language

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Teach123
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RE: Teacher's Physical Location/Body Language

Post by Teach123 »

Good Evening

We are new to Kagan & are eager to experiment with the assorted strategies. When a pair is working or even a small group; how should the teacher be interacting? For example; during a Rally...Should the teacher sit with the students at their level & engage or observe? Should the teacher be pulled away from the pairs & be visually observing the interactions?

Basically, while the cooperative learning is occurring...Where should the teacher be in the room?

Thank you greatly for any feedback!
rickduvall
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Re: RE: Teacher's Physical Location/Body Language

Post by rickduvall »

Awesome question! Typically, we provide direct instruction as teachers, then set pairs or teams to cooperate by verbally sharing their answers/thoughts about our questions and/or completing tasks or projects by engaging the students in a Kagan structure for active engagement -- where we structure the interaction. Dr. Kagan advises us that while the students are engaging in a structure is the perfect time for what he calls a "Walkabout," where a teacher circulates from team to team -- observing students working and listening in to their responses. While we're observing, we also can answer questions, use proximity control to prevent disruptive or off-task behaviors, and challenge or redirect students with pointed questions. Dr. Kagan provides a great list of points to consider during a "Walkabout" on page 15.5 in his Kagan Cooperative Learning book. I hope this is helpful!
Teach123
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Re: RE: Teacher's Physical Location/Body Language

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Thank you greatly for your response. I was also curious...As the teacher is conducting a "Walkabout" ; can she sit with a pair or small group or must she be constantly on her feet moving?

Thank You!
rickduvall
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Re: RE: Teacher's Physical Location/Body Language

Post by rickduvall »

Of course! Kagan structures for active engagement often are powerful formative assessment tools utilized by teachers to listen in and observe if students are "getting" the content that the teacher provides. It often is appropriate to use the information the teacher gathers during the walkabout to guide his/her instruction with the entire class, a team, a pair, or an individual student.