Here is a collection of practical documents to help improve your teaching. You will find ideas and resources to help you with implementing Kagan Cooperative Learning.

The Quiet Signal

Every teacher knows that an efficient ‘Attention Signal’ is crucial to good classroom management. This short article explores how to make the Quiet Signal work and gives plenty of variations to allow students to do what they like doing most: talk, without losing control of the class.

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Team pack contents

We are often asked what’s in a team pack or team equipment box. The link below provides some suggestions for content lists for team packs or boxes.

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Numbers for team members

As well as identifying student A & B, each team member needs to know their number. This table label will assist with identifying team member 1, 2, 3 & 4 for each team.

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Gambits (Wall Posters)

Students need help to think of ways to say hello, goodbye and positive words to praise each others efforts These posters are examples created by a group of Year 7 students. They are examples of wall posters that will assist your students to give positive affirmations to each other.

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Created by Marilyn Stockhammer, HT Science Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus.

Cheers

Positive comments, praising and cheers are important for building student esteem, releasing endorphins and maximising positive atmosphere in the classroom. Celebrations enhance learning, boost attention and motivation. Some examples of cheers are attached. Click on the links below.

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7 Reasons To Do Classbuilding

As well as defining a ‘Classbuilder’ this article gives 7 great reasons for using them in your classroom. Click on the image to view an enlarged image.

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Social Skill Management Logs - Hogs & Cogs Posters

Posters to help teach social skill. If you observe that social skills are “broken” then you need to teach appropriate skills. These posters can be used to discuss what behaviours we do and do not want to see in a cooperative learning classroom.

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C3B4ME Posters

To encourage students to provide mutual support within their teams – if students want to ask a question firstly they ask a question of their shoulder partner, then their face partner and then the other member of the team.This would be 3 people before the whole team put up their hands and ask a question of the teacher.

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Parking Lot

Here are 2 posters for a Parking Lot.This is a place where students post their questions. One is a poster with “Post your questions here…..”Students can use sticky notes and post their questions onto the poster.The second poster has a large arrow pointing down.You can place a container or box below the sign and students can write on scraps of recycled paper and place their questions into the box.

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