Monday, July 18, 2011

Conference, round 1

This blog is "round 1" because I have another summer conference to attend next week in New York City...so stay tuned for an upcoming blog post about that one! For now, I'll leave you with this one:

This past week I got the opportunity to attend the Kagan Cooperative Learning conference in Orlando, FL.













This conference is all about using cooperative learning and promoting its successes in the classroom.

After 5 days of conferences, I can definitely say that I am beyond excited to begin using these structures in my classroom this fall. Some of them I am like, "Duh! Why haven't I been doing this already?" Needless to say I took a lot away from the conference that I plan to implement immediately this fall. And we even had fun on the beach with our new cooperative learning team strategies...using some crabs as our kiddos!




To all my teacher friends, I'd encourage you to check out this conference--they have them all over the country throughout the year, and whether you're an elementary or high school teacher, this stuff can work for you in your classroom. Check out the link below for their website...I highly recommend it!

KAGAN ONLINE

And we did get to do some sightseeing while we were in Orlando...we felt a reward of Disney or a trip to the beach was much needed after sitting in a conference room for 8 hours everyday :)




Our 2 science teachers hanging with a new friend :)












Scott showing off our demoed cooperative learning team project...appropriately named "Keggin' Man"



(of course I had to give a shout out to my boys back home!)



This is Bill (on the right) one of our stellar science teachers hanging with Spencer Kagan--the guy behind all of this!




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