I was doing some web research and I came across this tip for learning a new skill:
1st Repeat it out loud.
2nd Repeat it as you visualize using the skill.
3rd Repeat it with a partner.
It’s a simple formula that could be adapted to many things that our students are expected to master. Having students say things out loud or visualizing them in their brain is something I know you all do. Isn’t peer teaching (repeating with a partner) something that you might do a little more often?
Each week pair children up to be “study buddies” for the week. (This will eliminate the confusion of finding a partner.) If they need help with an assignment, they can go to their study buddy. They can also do the activities below.
Partner Teach – One student pretends they are the teacher and demonstrates or explains something to a friend. Then they switch places.
Partner Coach – One student demonstrates a skill while the other student “coaches” (corrects, makes suggestions). Switch places.
Partner Retell – After listening to a story children get a partner and retell the story. After a lesson they can explain two new things they learned.
Partner Recall – Before children go home at the end of the day have them recall something they learned and something they did that made them feel proud.
Back Writing – Study buddies take turns making letters, shapes, numerals, spelling words, etc. on their partner’s back. After the partner guesses correctly they can change places.
*Hint! Pass out pictures of ears and mouths. The student holding the ear listens while the student with the mouth speaks. Switch cards.