Feedback From Principals And Teachers

“Kagan is a no-brainer – it just makes sense! I thought I was engaging kids, but nothing like how I do it now. I wish I’d come across this when I first started teaching.”

Rae, ex-principal, classroom teacher

“As a BT, I have found the Kagan Cooperative Learning structures and strategies invaluable. Kagan was an integral part of my classroom set up and gave me the skills to manage behaviour positively. The children want to learn because they find class fun and exciting. The detailed and step by step training gave me the confidence to teach in all areas cooperatively”

Leonie, PCT, Auckland

“Kagan Structures are part of every meeting – it’s a rule. At least two structures every meeting. No one wants to sit and be talked at. Meetings are about further developing relationships, growing people, and collaborative practice. Admin can be done through an email.”

Principal, South Auckland

“Our kids need to be confident to speak, share their ideas, and ask questions. Even learning to listen to others is a big step for some. I honestly don’t know how other schools are doing it if they aren’t using Kagan.”

Deputy Principal, South Auckland

“We have no behaviour problems – the kids practically teach themselves. That’s not to say they don’t need Kagan. Their social skills are great – as long as they’re with their friends. Put them with the ‘Special Needs’ kid, and it’s a different story. Kagan has ruined me really, as I now see engagement and classrooms through a completely different lens.”

Principal, Manawatu

“My class runs like clockwork using Kagan Management tips and has a positive and safe learning atmosphere thanks to the class and team building activities. I have really seen a difference in individual student’s behaviour and attitude towards learning. The less able feel more supported and confident and the more able feel extended. No one can hide now – they all have to contribute and participate.”

Trish, Team Leader, Auckland

Kagan Cooperative Learning combined with positive behaviour for learning (PB4L) is making a significant change in school wide culture. It has really allowed the school’s value of respect to be embedded across the curriculum as Kagan Cooperative Learning is content free.

The professional learning and development programme is extremely challenging, focused and really hits the mark with its practical and useful structures that are used at all levels of the school. 

Principal, Manawatu

Kagan Co-operative Learning has been so beneficial for my class and my syndicate.  I would highly recommend it.  Attending the trainings in the holidays wasn’t hard work – they were so much fun!  There are so many structures, at first I didn’t think I would ever be able to apply it, but after the second workshop it all started clicking.  My class runs like clockwork using Kagan Management tips and has a positive and safe learning atmosphere thanks to the class and team building activities.   I have really seen a difference in individual student’s behaviour and attitude towards learning.  The less able feel more supported and confident and the more able feel extended.  No one can hide now – they all have to contribute and participate.  They all remain focused and engaged throughout, as they know they might have to share. I don’t have certain students dominating and others not getting a chance to share –   everyone gets an even amount of time.  The work that is the end result is of a much higher standard from every student… and the teacher planning to achieve this – easy!

Patricia Mackay

Teacher of Year 7/8, Syndicate Leader of Years 5-8, Royal Road School

Kagan structures deliver the curriculum in a way that engages every student in the class. I could not believe the difference it made for my reluctant learners.

I had the privilege of having Jennie Moore present an insightful day of cooperative learning. After that first day of training with Jennie I was instantly inspired and excited to take what I learnt back into the classroom. The day was eye opening and highly productive for all the educators who attended.

There are no words to describe how valuable the day with Jennie was and the impact it has had on my teaching and all of my students. I could not believe the difference in student engagement once I implemented structures into my daily programme.

Casey Cairns

Papatoetoe South School, Auckland

I have used a number of Kagan structures in my classroom over the years and enjoy seeing my students working together to achieve a common goal where they are responsible not only for their own learning, but their group members’ too.

Tina Sutton

Massey Primary School, Auckland

I teach special needs children, including several Very High Needs ORRS students, in a learning support classroom. We have children with varying needs and abilities ranging in age from 5 to 10 years. My team and I use some of the Kagan structures including RoundRobin, Timed Pair Share and Quiz Quiz Trade. These structures encourage our students to work collaboratively in a fun and supportive way. The students enjoy working together and the structures have increased student involvement and engagement.

Mandy Kusabs

Levin East School, Levin