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Math Homework Review: Peer Teaching

Lesson Objective: Students use their expertise to help each other learn
Grades 3-4 / Math / Reengagement
1 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Ashton determine student pairs?
  2. What effect does this activity have on the class community?
  3. How does this activity increase investment and engagement with homework?

15 Comments

  • Private message to Bryan Quezada

I feel that Putting students in positions where they can help one another is such a great an amazing idea to have them become close to one another. Feel safe with one another where they can grow and learn together. Having them teach one another is so great, it is a great opportunity for them to see that a classmate can do it, so can they. If they have the confidence they can go up and show the class they know it. Great idea. 

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  • Private message to Aundrea Gamble

1. How does Ms. Ashton determine student pairs?

Ms. Ashtom determine student pairs by peer teaching. Based on the students level of understanding, Ms. Ashton determines who will work with who. 

2. What effect does this activity have on the class community?

As the students go up to explain the concept that they learned to the class, the students are rooting for each other hoping that they get the right answer. If they don't get the right answer then they keep helping each other until they get it. 

3. How does this activity increase investment and engagement with homework?

This activity creates proficiency. Not only are they having to teach it to their peers but also to the entire class.

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  • Private message to Brooke Piehl
I really like the idea of peer teaching. It helps the students work together as a community to understand the content.
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  • Private message to Jessica Bibbs-Fox
I use peer teaching, but I like how you added the piece where the taught student presents.
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  • Private message to Heather Ashton
They are doing a their warm ups. These are a few questions that are story problems and also review.
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External Resource Materials

Transcripts

  • TIPS & TRICKS: Heather Ashton – “Peer Teaching”
    PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
    Heather Ashton (Interview):
    A tip I use in my classroom

    TIPS & TRICKS: Heather Ashton – “Peer Teaching”
    PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
    Heather Ashton (Interview):
    A tip I use in my classroom is a peer teaching technique where students are
    helping one another with understanding concepts that we’ve already gone over in
    class.
    “Peer Teaching”
    Ashton (Interview):
    The beginning of class, I go around and do a quick check of everyone’s
    homework, and I pair them up according to the problems that somebody
    understood and that they didn’t understand.
    Ashton:
    Izzie and Angelo, work on problem 4 with Jackie.
    Ashton (Interview):
    The one who got the problem wrong, they have to learn how to do that concept
    and then come up and teach it to the rest of the class.
    Student:
    3 plus 1.5…
    Jackie:
    You have to find 1/6 of 420… Which one of you wants to go up?
    Angelo:
    Me.
    Izzie:
    I do!
    Ashton (Interview):
    They’re building community with one another because as kids are coming up to
    the board getting ready to teach their strategy, they’re at them, saying, “You
    know, I hope they get it.”
    Izzie:
    Since 420 is basically 42…
    Ashton (Interview):
    And if they don’t, which sometimes happens, we say, “Back to the drawing
    board,” they go back with their partner, and their partner works with them until
    they understand the concept.
    TIPS & TRICKS: “Peer Teaching” – PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT page 2
    Jackie:
    How many times does 6 go into 420?
    Ashton (Interview):
    Proficiency is moved to the next level, and now everyone becomes the experts,
    everyone becomes the teachers: you’re either teaching your peer, or you’re
    teaching the whole class.

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725 West Altadena Drive
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