What is Kagan?

To help develop the quality of Teaching and Learning across the curriculum, we have begun introducing a Kagan structure of the month.

Watch the videos below to see examples of Kagan Learning Structures and hear teachers explain how they have used them.




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The Kagan structures are introduced, explored and reviewed during development sessions and communities of practice.  Below are the structures we have introduced so far.  Please leave any comments sharing how you use them in your class and across the curriculum.

Rally Coach

Partners take turns, one solving a problem while the other coaches.

Rally Table

In pairs, children alternate generating written responses or solving problems.

Three Step Interview

One child interviews another on a given topic.  Children swap roles.  Pairs join another pair.  Then, in Round Robin format, share what they have learned from their interviews.


One teammate (or teacher) reads a question aloud.  Children work independently to solve the problem, then show their answers when a teammate calls “Showdown!” They then celebrate or coach.

Numbered Heads Together

After writing their own answer to a question, teammates put their ‘heads together’ to ensure all members can answer and/or that they agree on the best answer – this could be a culmination of all ideas, so that a group answer is decided upon.  The teacher then randomly selects a number and that number shares the agreed group answer.

Pairs Compare

Pairs generate multiple responses to a question, then compare their answers with another pair.  Finally, they team up to create additional solutions.

Find Someone Who

Children mix about the room finding others who help them learn content or skills, or who have certain characteristics.

Talking Chips (or counters)

During a discussion, teammates place their chip (or counter) in the centre of the table each time they talk. They cannot talk again until all team members have placed a chip (or counter).


2 thoughts on “Kagan

  1. Jacquie Chaplin

    Class Constable have been using ‘Find someone who.’ They have been able to solve problems for themselves by finding an expert before going to an adult. Independent working in action!


    • Excellent to hear Jacquie. ‘Find Someone Who’ is certainly a very versatile structure with many benefits to learning – definitely a keeper! Thank you for researching its uses and contributing to the blog.


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