Math Homework Review: Peer Teaching
Lesson Objective: Students use their expertise to help each other learn
Grades 3-4 / Math / Reengagement

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?
Peer teaching is a great strategy. I like how this teacher takes it one step further. The students learn from a peer and then reteach to the whole class. Everyone plays both roles as teacher and student.
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This is sheer genius! peer to peer learning while fostering inclusivity and a co-operative spirit. I LOVE "back to the drawing board", language that focuses on taking action.
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I think this is great. I have been using peer teaching in my classroom but after seeing this video I need to change a few things.
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I love how you've taken peer teaching one step further and made students accountable. The student "teachers" want their classmate to do well presenting on the board and have a vested interest in being supportive and clear in their instruction. Excellent formative assessment as well!
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I really like how homework is given meaning to student, not as busy work, but a direct connection is made to what they will do the next day. If a student didn't do their homework, they can't participate, therefore encouraging its completion and more investment.
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  • TIPS & TRICKS: Heather Ashton – “Peer Teaching”
    Heather Ashton (Interview):
    A tip I use in my classroom

    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
    “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.
    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.
    3 plus 1.5…
    You have to find 1/6 of 420… Which one of you wants to go up?
    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.”
    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
    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.

School Details

Odyssey Charter School
725 West Altadena Drive
Altadena CA 91001
Population: 458

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Heather Ashton



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