New to Common Core-Kagan, any advice?

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  1. bross001

    bross001 Rookie

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    I don't post here hardly at all, but now I am really looking for any advice and encouragement on a new endeavor. I have been teaching in private school (high school ss) for eight years and now have a job in a public school (low income). For the past few days all they have been preaching is Kagan this Kagan that, and Common Core. I have taught with traditional teaching methods and have been very successful with high test scores, but I am not to lecture and use Kagan strategies. Not that I am against cooperative learning, it's just that I am having a hard time giving up my individuality as a teacher. Any advice on how to ease into this? Is Kagan REALLY as good as everyone says it is?:help:
     
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    I think I know the district in which you teach, because I probably do, too! LOL! Using Kagan doesn't mean that you will never lecture. It is a tool, to be used with all your other tools as a teacher. I also teach in a low SES school (elementary). I will tell you that Kagan structures will benefit you during your observations (they fit perfectly with COMPASS), as will Edmodo, if you use it.
     
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    I would have to say the Kagan inservice that I attended was one of the best and most useful inservices I have ever seen. What was really great is that I knew teachers who began applying things from this inservice that I never remember doing so. It goes well beyond regular cooperative learning.

    I would definitely sign up for the training or get some knee pads and get on your knees and beg your P. It is that good.
     
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    I'm not a "group work" kind of teacher, but I use a lot of the Kagan strategies. It fits nicely into my teaching personality. I don't see why you couldn't fit it in well.
     
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    IMA-

    I'm the same type of teacher! What strategies do you use?
     

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