Peer-Partner (teaching style)

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Peer-Partner is one of the choices available to students in Student-Directed Teaching, a progressive teaching technology.

Along with Student-Teacher Contract and Self-Directed, Peer-Partner is a teaching style that requires a different level of independence from Command and Task. It is, to some extent, a self-directed teaching style that allows the student to learn in his or her own fashion.

Under Peer-Partner, the teacher will: [1]

  • Provide a unit plan consisting of the objectives for several days, written in a language that the students can understand
  • Visit with each student at least once each period: this provides an opportunity to assess the progress of the peer-partners
  • Determine the appropriateness of the style selected by each student
  • Use good questioning techniques and negotiation to help steer the students to becoming more independent
  • Provide perception checks and final tests as indicated in the unit plan
  • Provide a second evaluative activity if required by an individual student

The student will:[2]

  • Choose a partner very carefully, considering each other's learning characteristics when making the choice
  • Study each objective and jointly decide how the learning will take place. Discussion is an important component of this style
  • Listen to the instruction the teacher is providing for the Command and Task students, if the objective is beyond the experience of both students
  • Consider what they know and what they don't know when selecting the amount and type of practice
  • Check each other's work
  • Declare the mark expected on each perception check
  • Do more than one perception check is the declared mark is not within the flexibility factor
  • Prepare a plan which will indicate how they are going to use their Earned Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Don. "Peer Partner, Pupil/Teacher Contract and Self-Directed Teaching Styles," in Teaching in Style. Sundre, AB: Green's Educational Consulting Services, 1998. Pp 27-35.
  2. ^ Green, Don. "Peer Partner, Pupil/Teacher Contract and Self-Directed Teaching Styles," in Teaching in Style. Sundre, AB: Green's Educational Consulting Services, 1998. Pp 27-35.