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Using Kagan structures in the classroom
An Easy Way To Increase Engagement: Rally Coach
11 Nov, 2015. 2 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Kindergarten. Posted By: Kristen Smith

One of my favorite ways to increase engagement is to use Kagan structures. I was beyond blessed that when I was in college I was partnered with an exceptional teacher who introduced me to Kagan. He even brought me to two professional developments so that I could learn about them. Ever since then, I have been using the structures in my classroom.

Today, I’d love to introduce you to one of my favorites: Rally Coach. In Rally Coach, Partners take turns, one solving a problem while the other coaches. Then partners switch roles.

You can use this structure in so many ways. Just last week I partnered my students up and had them take turns drawing teen numbers using ten frames while their friend coached them through doing this.

Here’s what it looked like:

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One student worked the problem on their white board, while the other student coached them through it. They helped as needed and gave encouragement along the way.

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I love that this structure empowers one student to be the “coach” (we call them the teacher in my classroom) and it allows the other student to show what they know. The best part is, if a student does not know how to complete the task, their friend can help them. I have seen this work wonders with some of my struggling students and it allows the “coach” to explain the concept to their friend in their own words.

I hope you’ll give it a try!

For more information, check out Kagan’s website!

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  1. I love Kagan cooperative learning as well and was fortunate to be at a school my first 8 years that put us through the professional development and worked toward becoming a Kagan model school. I also loved Rally coach but started using Sage n Scribe more! Have you tried Sage n’ Scribe before. I felt like it was more powerful for my kiddos! My favorite comment from a student one year when I moved to a new school was that I was letting them cheat. I had to go and explain the importance and power of working together!

  2. What a fabulous idea!!! Love the structure and the learning behind this with tea work and communication development

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  • I love Kagan cooperative learning as well and was fortunate to be at a school my first 8 years that put us through the professional development and worked toward becoming a Kagan model school. I also loved Rally coach but started using Sage n Scribe more! Have you tried Sage n’ Scribe before. I felt like it was more powerful for my kiddos! My favorite comment from a student one year when I moved to a new school was that I was letting them cheat. I had to go and explain the importance and power of working together!

  • What a fabulous idea!!! Love the structure and the learning behind this with tea work and communication development

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