Peer Learning

Instructional Strategy: Cooperative Learning

Teens really are social creatures. How can this be used to support the the learning process? One way is through carefully structured peer learning. Ms. Scott addresses both the social nature and the diverse learning styles of adolescents by having the students work as a team to complete the assignment. This peer learning allows students of differing abilities and learning styles to work together to make sense of new concepts, while simultaneously addressing the social nature of adolescents.

In addition, Ms. Scott's caring and inclusive attitude toward her students sets the stage for encouraging them to take intellectual risks. Her instructions are verbally stated and the students are actively involved in working problems on their whiteboards. By offering at least three different strategies of instruction (pairing students, verbal instruction and the kinesthetic use of whiteboards), Ms. Scott increases the chances for students' academic success in her classroom as she addresses their different learning styles.

In the clip below, watch how Ms. England directs her students to work together in groups to solve the original CAHSEE problem and how she responds to the challenges they experience. .