Words Their Way sorts

Dear Parents

You may have noticed that your child did not bring a Words Their Way sort home today. We have just completed an inventory to chart our progress and today we focused on any particular sounds or patterns that your child may have had difficulty with. The new sorts will be coming home tomorrow. Any queries or questions please email me or pop in to discuss.

 

Kagan Cooperative Learning

We had a great time devising our team chants and posters this week with Mrs Matthews. We worked together with our team members to decide upon a mascot, chant and accompanying actions. It was great fun.

Kagan Cooperative Learning uses teaching strategies in which small teams of students work together towards a learning goal. They may also be working with partners or the whole class. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement. Students work through the assignment until all group members successfully understand and complete it.

In addition to devising our teams, we developed our team cohesiveness by twisting ourself into pretzels and having a teammate untangle us! We also built on our communication skills by playing whoosh, bang, ker-plunk. We are looking forward to using Kagan everyday in our classroom!