Sunday, July 15, 2012

100 Follower Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

How exciting! I have 100 followers!!

That means it's GIVEAWAY time!!

But before I talk about that- I'm DYING to share more about what I learned at the Kagan Cooperative Learning Conference!!

When determining whether you're a Group Work teacher or a Cooperative Learning teacher, think about the keys to a CL classroom:

The 7 Keys to a Successful Cooperative Learning Classroom
1. Teams- Students should ideally be in teams of four.
      If you have a remainder when you divide the total number of students in your class by four, here’s what to do.
                             a.  1 remainder: have one group of five
                             b.  2 remainders: have two groups of three 
                             c.  3 remainders: try your math again ;)

 Students' seats in your CL classroom should be numbered 1-4. Here's a picture of the Kagan Manage Mats- 

I'm pretty sure I can't post these on my TN store- due to Copyright laws, but I made my own manage mat squares for two reasons:

1. They match my room better.
2. I can cut these apart and tape them to the desks in my room.
The arrows say Face Partner and Shoulder Partner. Odds have As in the corners, Evens have Bs.
2.  Classbuilding activities- once a week for fun, as needed otherwise. Class building activities should have the whole class up, moving around, and interacting together. The Teaching Machine posted an example of a class building activity on her blog. Check it out!
3. Team Building Activities- at LEAST twice a week in seating arrangement groups of four. Team building activities are non-academic, fun, and easy for everyone. They can range from games to questions and help create a fun and welcoming classroom environment. I always struggle to find time to do these kinds of things, but now I have an excuse! Working toward a positive classroom environment helps students achieve!

4. Management-I'll write another post with the specifics about managing a CL classroom.

5. Teaching Social Skills- social skills practice is embedded in all of the Kagan Structures.

6. Cooperative Learning Principles (Positive Interdependence, Individual Accountability, Equal Participation, and Simultaneous Interaction (more on this later!)

7. Structures: Structures ways to set up content activities so that they are cooperative. I think the trainer said that there are over 200 right now, but here is a link to some popular ones.

There are four ways to enter!
1. Follow my blog.
2. Follow me on Teachers Notebook.
3.  Leave a review or rating on one of my TN products.
4. Use this button to link to my giveaway on your blog and send me the link.

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Here are the prizes:
1&2. A copy of the book 100 Cupboards for your classroom library (Get the 100 theme?)

 3. A $10 gift card to Dollar Tree (One of my favorite places to go for back to school shopping! Plus, if you buy ten ten-packs of something you'll have 100!... I know... It's a stretch.)

Good luck to everyone! I hope my first giveaway is a success! :)



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