STRATEGIES TO CREATE PEER TEACHING IN THE CLASSROOM
EMILINDA B. NAVARRO Some experts believe that a subject is truly mastered only when learner is able to teach it to someone else. Peer teaching gives students the opportunity to learn something well and at the same time, become a resource to teach others. The strategies that follow are practical ways to create peer teaching in the classroom. They also allow the teacher to supplement the teaching done by students when necessary.
1. Group-to-Group Exchange A different assignment is given to different groups of students. Each group then “teaches” what it has learned to the rest of the class.
2. Jigsaw Learning Jigsaw learning is a widely practiced technique that is similar to –groupto group exchange with one important difference. Every single student teaches something. It is an exciting alternative whenever there is material to be learned that can be segmented or ”chunked” and when no segment must be taught before the others. Each student learns something which when combined with the material learned by others, forms a coherent body of knowledge or skill.
3. Everyone Is A Teacher Here This strategy obtains class-wide participation and individual accountability. It gives every student the opportunity to act as a “teacher “to other students.
4. Peer Lessons To promote peer teaching in the classroom, those strategy places the entire responsibility for teaching fellow students on class members.
5. Student-Created Case Studies Case study is widely heralded as one of the best learning methods. A typical case discussion focuses on the issues involved in a concrete situation as an example. This action that should be taken, the lesson that can be learned, and the ways of handling or avoiding such situations in the future are considered. The technique allows students to create their own case studies.
6. In This News This is an interesting way to get students involved and arouse their interest in the topic even before they attend the class. This peer teaching approach will also result in a wealth of material and information that can be shared with all students.
7. Poster Session This alternative presentation is an excellent way to inform students quickly capture their imagination and invite an exchange of ideas among them. This technique is also a novel and graphic way to enabling students to express their perceptions and feelings about the topic you are currently discussing in a non-threatening environment.
— oOo— The author is Master Teacher I at Alauli Elementary School, Masantol South District