Fan-n-Pick group discussion activity

I just got back from another Cooperative/Social Emotional Learning class session with tons of ideas from the brilliant minds of my colleagues. The course followed an intensive, full-day workshop with a trainer from Kagan Cooperative Learning, and it is run by the district Director of World Languages, and course credit is offered through University of…

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Before/After Cooperative Learning

We had our first Cooperative Learning class meeting last night, and thanks to some high-quality ‘Think-Pair-Sharing’ with the lovely, hilarious, and supremely talented Ms. Diana Painter, I left with some great ideas about how to use Cooperative Learning structures with TPRS. This was one of her ideas for using the Kagan structure ‘Hands-Up, Stand-Up, Pair-Up’…

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Human Bingo

A little background… Before switching to TPRS, I was a ‘Cooperative Learning’ teacher. While my students were very comfortable speaking, they spoke incorrectly over and over and over again. With 35 students in a class, it is very difficult to monitor for accuracy when so many are speaking at once! I am still undoing the…

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Simultaneous Presentations

The Simultaneous Presentations format is a great way to for students to do presentations that spares both the teacher and their students the pain of sitting quietly and straining to hear 34 separate individual presentations. My awesome mentor, Nina Bonito-Romine, shared this presentation format with me last year, and I will never go back! HOW…

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