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cooperative meetings

Posted By: jennifer moore on July 30, 2004

I have incorporated brain-based teaching strategies in staff development I have done at the elementary level in Chicago. Spencer Kagan, the cooperative learning guru, has created a fabulous binder that is filled with different strategies you could use in your meetings, and then participants could turn around and use them in their classrooms. I think his website his kaganonline.com. The name of the binder is Cooperative Meetings. I can't say enough good things about it.

He also has created what he calls Smartcards, which are reference cards with specific brain-based teaching strategies. I think you'll find a wealth of resources if you poke around on his site.

All the teachers I've used his strategies with were initially resistant, but after two or three meetings, they understood the benefits of these strategies. They began to request more of the interactive professional development.

Let me know if you'd like more info.

Jenn Moore
Assistant Principal
Lowell Elementary School
Chicago, IL
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