Collaborative Student Groups

Peer Learning

Through peer learning, students work together to practice skills and complete their independent practice. Through constant positive narration and coaching over best practices in peer learning, students are developing the skills needed to successfully collaborate and learn from other students. 

Strategy Resources (2)
Students In Action
 
 
 
Poster
 
 
This poster shows a few tips about how students should help each other when peer tutoring. In order to ensure students are learning and not just helping each other with answers, I encourage students to push each other's learning.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
This poster shows a few tips about how students should help each other when peer tutoring. In order to ensure students are learning and not just helping each other with answers, I encourage students to push each other's learning.
Stephen Pham
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy
San Jose, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Feedback Systems
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