Community Learning: How Peer Teaching Improves Student Performance

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It’s a simple fact that teachers don’t have the monopoly of knowledge in the classroom. The kids in your class might have brilliant ideas. If you’re intentional in giving them opportunities to teach, there’s great potential for improved student performance. Here’s how peer teaching results in smarter students:

It makes them more engaged in class.

When children are given the responsibility to teach their classmates, they become more active and attentive. It’s not difficult to understand why. Students need to understand the subject material well enough so that they can share it with their study buddies. So they ask questions to clarify things during class. They take discussions and seatwork seriously. They might even review concepts or theories at home. As for the ones who are being taught, they become more involved in the lesson as well because they see their classmates engrossed. But while your tutors become more engaged, it’s essential to recognize that there can be knowledge gaps along the way. They might have trouble understanding a particular lesson or apply it inappropriately. That’s why you should make it a routine to measure and correct what they know. This way, you’ll be able to spot their strengths and weaknesses, which can help them be better tutors

It fosters camaraderie among students.

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In peer learning, children naturally spend more time with each other. In this setting, they’re more likely to form close relationships faster. You want that warm sense of togetherness in your classroom as it makes the students feel safe or secure, the ideal atmosphere for better learning. As a result, in your classroom discussions, students are more comfortable asking questions and solving problems because there’s no risk of being mocked. Strengthen the bonds among your students by encouraging activities outside of the classroom, like biking to school together or playing basketball. Just make sure that your school facilities can accommodate such activities. Install cycle shelters throughout the campus. Also, maintain your school auditorium or gym and make sure that they’re safe.

It improves confidence or self-esteem.

Teaching isn’t an easy task. You need to master a lot of skills, like listening, studying, and communicating. That way, you can make someone understand a concept. So when student-tutors can make a lesson clear to their classmates, there’s a profound sense of accomplishment, which builds confidence. As for the ones being tutored, they also experience a feeling of fulfillment as they understand the lessons better. Since they’re able to get clarifications immediately for their concerns, as opposed to a class discussion setting, the kids become more confident in their knowledge. The only thing that you should watch out for is when the tutors become overly self-assured that they look down on the group of students they’re tutoring. The best way to prevent this is to reverse roles now and then.

In the end, there’s merit in peer teaching. Consider where and when you can apply it. As you empower your students, prepare to see the difference in their academic performance.


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