The first week of school is winding down and it has been great. The Kagan workshop really got us motivated to try new things. One of our teachers did an amazing one hour presentation on cooperative learning before school started. The faculty that attended the workshop also shared resources and experiences with the other faculty that could not attend.
I am the technology teacher and I teach the entire school. So I decided to concentrate on Mix-Pair-Share this week. It was awesome. I went over the Acceptable Use Policy for the computer lab with the class and then incorporated the material into the questions I asked during the structure. The entire school will know this structure and that will help the other teachers that did not attend the workshop. The students can help those teachers become more familiar. I look forward to doing more. I am realizing how disengaged my students can be without these structures.