Kagan mat: you will need to place the mats in the center of your table pods. Works in table groups of 4. Each student will have a number as well as a letter, and they will have two partners – a shoulder partner and face partner. Throughout the day, you can assign students to work with their shoulder or face partner depending on the task and encouraging partner talk/cooperative learning. The numbers and letter assignments can be used for both table group roles and whole class roles (for example, #1’s could be in charge of gathering supplies). Its great!