TIPS & TRICKS: Heather Ashton – “Peer Teaching”
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
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.
Izzie and Angelo, work on problem 4 with Jackie.
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.
3 plus 1.5…
You have to find 1/6 of 420… Which one of you wants to go up?
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.”
Since 420 is basically 42…
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
How many times does 6 go into 420?
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.