Collaborative Student Groups

Peer Support on Computers

In my class, students are allowed to offer peer support on the computers. My students identify what is a problem or a need they have and it is my job to identify who might be their support. This has helped my students offer guidance and help in a structured way. Peer support on the computers has helped with increasing academic discourse and social interactions as well as give a structured place for students to provide assistance to each other. Cooperative learning and reciprocal teaching are benefits to this strategy as well.

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Students In Action
 
 
This is a video on a student coach helping another student. The Peer Support on Computers strategy has been an excellent way to encourage students to persevere on challenging content on DreamBox. I have allowed all students to utilize this strategy on the last 10 minutes of each 30 minute math block, in order for our student experts to still work on their own content for the first 20 minutes.
Poster
 
 
This chart reminds students of a couple strategies to do before asking for peer support on the computers. Place them near the student computers so they can refer to them while working on their math programs.
Students In Action
 
 
This is a video on a student coach helping another student. The Peer Support on Computers strategy has been an excellent way to encourage students to persevere on challenging content on DreamBox. I have allowed all students to utilize this strategy on the last 10 minutes of each 30 minute math block, in order for our student experts to still work on their own content for the first 20 minutes.
Poster
 
 
This chart reminds students of a couple strategies to do before asking for peer support on the computers. Place them near the student computers so they can refer to them while working on their math programs.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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