Last Friday, I went to my very first Kagan workshop. I have been using Kagan books and some of their strategies for a couple of years now, so I was super excited to get to actually go to a workshop. While there were many wonderful lessons learned from the workshop, I really found one that I can use frequently. I don’t know why I never thought of it before. I gave the students a question. Told them to wait a minute and think about it. When I counted to a certain number (I varied it just for the fun of it) they were to stand up if they knew the answer. It was an amazing sight! While I know that some students just stood up even if they didn’t know the answer, they were up and paying attention when we discussed how we found the answer. It didn’t take long for those students to catch on. I only had problems with a couple of kids in two of my classes that gave me a little fit about having to stand up. A little prodding, and they began participating. Having them stand up several times got their blood flowing and they were so attentive and excited about getting the answer. Will I do it every day? No, because then it would become redundant and it wouldn’t be as exciting. Will I do it often? Yes!