Cooperative Learning

One of the areas that makes USD 460 and Hesston Middle School unique is the emphasis on incorporating cooperative learning structures into our daily classroom lessons.  We believe that by using structures, student engagement increases and many lifelong skills are developed.  As part of our system to ensure proper professional development related to cooperative learning, each of our certified staff members has been trained in Kagan Cooperative Learning.  In addition, HMS and the other district schools have "CL Coaching" every two weeks during the school year.  This process includes a trained "CL Coach" conducting classroom observations and real-time coaching sessions with each certified staff member in the building on each coaching day.  Linked below is a list and description of many of the more common cooperative learning structures you might see at Hesston Middle School.

CL Structures
AllWrite Consensus
AllWrite RoundRobin
Carousel Feedback
Continuous RoundRobin
Fan-n-Pick
Find Someone Who
Find the Fiction
Inside Outside Circle
Jot Thoughts
Match Mine
Mix-n-Match
Mix-Freeze-Group
Mix-Pair-Share
Numbered Heads Together
One Stray
Pairs Check
Pairs Compare
Poems for Two Voices
Quiz, Quiz, Trade
RallyCoach
RallyRobin
RallyTable
RoundRobin
RoundTable
Sage-n-Scribe
Showdown
Single RoundRobin
Simultaneous Roundtable
Spend-a-Buck
Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up
Swap Talk
Talking Chips
Team Stand-n-Share
Team Word Web
Team-Pair-Solo
Telephone
Timed Pair Share
Timed RoundRobin
Think-Write-RoundRobin