A Class of Their Own: When Children Teach Children by Dennie Briggs

By Dennie Briggs

Seven million extra kids will input our study rooms within the subsequent decade whereas the variety of teens increases via 20%. we are going to require 3 million new academics to educate this increasing pupil inhabitants. Briggs proposes a software for education young ones to instruct more youthful scholars, thereby releasing up lecturers to dedicate time to scholars who want extra individualized cognizance and to educate analytic and human kin abilities and innovative makes use of of know-how. youngsters are able and wish possibilities to take part in educating in addition to studying. Peer academics enhance their grab of the topic and more youthful young children research from those that actually converse their language. the result's a together precious process for either lecturers and youngsters.

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A teacher can ask who in the class would like some help with their studies; and, from the respondents, find older children who would like to help them. A variation is to let the peer teachers get to know children in another class, find out who they think needs help, and then decide if they have the proper skills to teach them. The latter choice is more risky of course, but can oftenproduce some quite remarkableresults both in terms of whom the peer teachersselect and their unique methods of teaching.

One way is for the teacherto ask the tutorsto remember what it was like when theywere the age of their students. ” I’veoften used 5 x 8 inch cards for the trainees to list as many traits as they could think of (one trait per card, each trainee using a different colored, heavy felt-pen). this In brainstorming session, I attached thecards to a wall with masking tape, so they couldbe seen by the group as they were writing them. Although thecards were written anonymously, the different colors gave a visual representation of the participants and their ideas.

This teacher would have embraced peer teaching with the same excitement, and my first-grade teacher could certainly have used the help of sixth graders. I would have jumped at the chance to have been tutor. a But I had towait. The appeal of television talk shows perhaps says that beyond the curiosity and voyeurism, many people aredissatisfied in their relationships with others and want to improve them. Those routes to self-understanding don’t work for everyone; in fact, some people become “addicted” to procedures and thus not liberated.

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