Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures
Alongside our Optima teaching methods, we make extensive use of Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures, a set of teaching and learning techniques pioneered by renowned psychologist Dr. Spencer Kagan in America.
These structures involve pupils being divided into small groups and working collaboratively towards a common goal. The structures eliminate the typical classroom scenario of ‘hogs and logs’, whereby few children (the hogs) typically answer all of the questions, allowing the rest of the class (the logs) to be passive. Kagan Structures ensure all children are active participants in learning and that everyone is held accountable. They also enable the children to develop their inter-personal skills through active listening, collaboration and presenting. They are effective because every pupil shares in the successes of the group, having all played their part in the set task.
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