Collaborative Student Groups

Peer Tutoring on Computers

When a student is working on the computers, they may ask a peer for help if they haven't successfully figured out how to solve a problem. I emphasize trying something first on your paper to explain what you have tried to your buddy, and ask for ideas they may have. Given the adaptive nature of our BL software, many students are encountering difficult content. I want my students to teach each other how to overcome challenges and persevere. This helps to create a sense of unity along with our motivational BL wall. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Each student uses our light system to signal when they may need help right away (red), are trying to persevere through a challenge (yellow), or on track (green).
Students In Action
 
 
This picture is an example of how students can ask for help from an expert or peer. Students coach each other after asking what strategies they have tried thus far and if a student hasn't tried something, the coach tells them that they will come back later.
Students In Action
 
 
Each student uses our light system to signal when they may need help right away (red), are trying to persevere through a challenge (yellow), or on track (green).
Students In Action
 
 
This picture is an example of how students can ask for help from an expert or peer. Students coach each other after asking what strategies they have tried thus far and if a student hasn't tried something, the coach tells them that they will come back later.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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