Content Curator : Sharanya
What is Peer Learning?
Peer learning, or peer instruction, is a type of collaborative learning that involves students working in pairs or small groups to discuss concepts, or find solutions to problems.
Peer learning is often implemented in schools to provide a friendly environment for students to learn and promote personalized learning. It has been proven to be one of the most effective teaching methods implemented in schools.
Why should a teacher implement peer learning in classroom?
- Students receive more time for individualized learning.
- Direct interaction between students promotes active learning.
- Students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a peer.
- Peer Learning promotes better understanding
- Teachers receive more time to focus on the next lesson
Activity to implement Peer Learning in your Classroom
- Choose the lesson to be taught for the day. (Preferable if it’s a lesson for revision)
- Tell your students, “We are going to be revising lesson ______________” How many of you have doubts in this lesson? Make a note of the students who speak up saying they have doubts!
- Next, ask your students “How many of you understood the lesson really well? Make a note these students!
- Pair these students together – A student who finds the lesson difficult with a student who finds the lesson easy.
- There will be students who do not raise their hands for both questions. ☺ It is okay. Pair those students together.
- Make sure the grouping is not more than 2 students in each group.
- Now, get students to revise and learn the concept together.
You, as a teacher will have lot of time while your students are learning on their own.
- Observe how each group is learning the concept.
- Yes, the class might get noisy. Allow peer interaction. But let it not deviate.
- Get your students to come and ask you questions if neither are able to explain the concept clearly.
- Individual learning time can be devoted by you to each group!
Get each student to write if he/she enjoyed the class. What made it enjoyable? Did they have a better understanding of the lesson?
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