I'm so glad to link up with More than a Worksheet and discuss student engagement. My school has implemented Kagan Cooperative Learning for the past five years. It is all about engaging students and making them accountable to one another. Students are equally participating in learning structures. I find that they are a great way for students to process and practice what they are learning. Here is a brief article that outlines some structures. If there is ever a class in your area, I highly recommend it. The structures lend themselves to improving classroom management and student learning!
One tiny aspect of implementing Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures involves setting students up in teams of four. For the month of November my Team Mats will be free!!! These are a great way to help manage the classroom and implement Kagan structures. I say things like:
"Partner A, tell your partner one new thing you learned when you read this section."
"Partner B, ask your partner one question that can be answered on page 72."
In addition, you can use a student's number to help you. For example, "All the 4s, come pick up your team's papers."