Welcome to Kagan Professional Development UK
We are proud and excited to launch Kagan UK Professional Development! Kagan UK is
a trading name of
Teacher To Teacher (UK) Limited.
For over 20 years Kagan USA have been offering workshops to help teachers help students
to achieve more success. Kagan UK now offer these quality workshops and training
across the UK. At Kagan UK our trainers have over twenty years experience in education
and education leadership. Using a range of Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures
and Strategies we will help empower your teachers to dramatically increase student
achievement, improve social skills, and reduce discipline problems in an atmosphere
of fun and learning.
Why Get Involved?
If you are a teacher or educational leader you will know that there are demands
on you to get results, manage your students and meet the expectations of parents
and the community. We at Kagan UK believe that Kagan Cooperative Learning has many
of the answers to help you cope with all these demands. Cooperative learning is
one of the most extensively researched educational innovations of all time. There
are approximately one thousand research studies which document its effectiveness
and show that Cooperative Learning produces gains across all content areas, all
age groups, and amongst all types of students including special needs, high achieving,
gifted, urban, rural, and all ethnic and racial groups. Among the most strongly
Cooperative learning improves:
- Academic achievement among students, especially for low achieving students.
- Race relations among students, including frequency of cross-race friendship choices.
- Self-esteem among students, including intellectual/academic self-esteem, and peer
- Class climate, including liking for class, content, and teachers.
- Higher-level thinking, including questioning and synthesising diverse viewpoints
Experience the Kagan Difference!
Kagan is different. How? Kagan UK trains teachers how to use Kagan Structures, a
unique set of instructional strategies. Central to all our Kagan trainings are Kagan
Structures: research-based instructional strategies designed to promote greater
cooperation and achievement in the classroom. As teachers use these simple structures,
students have fun and turn on to learning. The Kagan approach creates a safe supportive
learning environment, most supportive to academic success and social development.
Without changing what is taught, the Kagan Structures transform how content is taught.
From the perspective of the teacher this change is relatively easy – the teacher
adopts easy-to-learn and implement methods without abandoning proven lessons or
curriculum. From the perspective of the student, the change is welcome-class is
far more engaging.
Kagan is Structures for Success!
Take a look at this picture of a traditional classroom:
- The teacher has asked a question.
- Take a look at the student’s expressions.
- They all look keen, desperate to have their say.
Now imagine how they feel when the teacher picks just one of them to answer the question?
FRUSTRATED? UPSET? ANNOYED?
The students are disappointed not to be picked. Secretly they may wish the chosen
student to fail in order that they may get their chance to shine, they want
the student chosen to answer to get the question wrong so that they have
their chance at answering. They are happy if another student fails.
Is this the climate we wish to create in our classrooms?
How disappointing for the eager students who want to answer the teachers question
and are not the ‘chosen one’ and what a relief for some students who want to hide
and do not want to answer questions, they are ‘off the hook’.
This ‘Whole-Class’ 1-at-a-time structure leads to unequal participation. What about
the ‘free-riders’ who never put up their hands to join in? With Kagan Cooperative
Learning Structures the students know they are ‘on the hook’ for their own learning
and contribution. In the same amount of time two or three students have been called
on to share in a Traditional Whole-Class Question Answer structure, each and every
student in a Cooperative Learning class could have shared several answers using
the structure RallyRobin , every student having been called on to think and
then verbalise their ideas means that engagement and retention are far greater as
well as leaving less time for disruption or boredom. In a traditional classroom,
students are actually happy when they see another child fail. Is it any wonder why
some students never put their hand up when the odds of being picked are stacked
against them Group’ work just recreates the inequalities of ‘whole-class’ teaching.
THERE IS ANOTHER WAY!
Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures for Active Engagement
In their recent book,
Classroom Instruction that Works, Robert Marzano,
Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock (2001) advocate Cooperative Learning as one of
the most proven approaches to increasing achievement.
Structures for Success
Because the Kagan approach is based on simple, easy-to-learn, easy-to-use structures,
it is having a profound impact on teachers and students worldwide. Let's take an
example: RallyCoach, one of over 200 Kagan structures. Situation 1: A teacher tells
students, "Here is a worksheet with twenty problems on it. Work alone and hand it
in when you are finished." Situation 2: A teacher tells students, "Here is a worksheet
with twenty problems on it. Use RallyCoach with your partner and hand it in when
you are both sure all the answers are correct." In Situation 1 students are bored,
working alone, possibly failing to catch all their errors. In Situation 2 students
become fully engaged, alternating doing the problems, talking through, checking,
and discussing them as they go. Later, individual test scores go up as well as retention,
social skills, caring for others, and liking for content and school.
Breaking the Replacement Cycle
One wonderful thing about the simple Kagan Structures is that they break the education
replacement cycle. Complex innovations have a half-life. If we learn a complex new
way of teaching, in time it will be set aside in favour of next year's new complex
approach. Why? Because no teacher can manage two different complex approaches at
once. But with the simple Kagan structures, we break this replacement cycle. The
Kagan approach is an integrated approach because the simple Kagan structures can
be integrated with any new content or instruction. The Kagan structures are a whole
new way to approach educational innovation. They allow integration of cooperative
learning, multiple intelligences, character development, and emotional intelligence,
as part of every lesson! Rather than teaching multiple intelligences lessons this
year, cooperative learning lessons next year, and character development lessons
the following year, with the Kagan approach you make cooperative learning, character
development, and multiple intelligences part of every lesson! The Kagan structures
you learn will never be replaced.