Math 3-6

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Peer Teaching


Having students teach their knowledge, skills, and understanding to their classmates strengthens learning. Preparing to teach and then explaining a concept in their own words improves students' clarity of understanding and Math Communication skills, as well as supports greater retention in Long-term Memory.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how these students check on each others' understanding when solving order of operation problems. Throughout the activity, students provide feedback and correction. Explaining concepts in their own words can improve students' clarity of understanding as well as support Long-term Memory.

  • Teachers can invite students to give a presentation to the whole class or to teach in coordination with them to foster the student teachers' confidence and Math Mindset. Teachers can also set up math centers where a student teaches, with the classroom teacher's support, a concept to a group of students who are still developing their understanding of the concept. (Note: We emphasize teachers' active involvement in peer teaching because it is critical for them to know if students teach material accurately so that they can support the student teacher's and their classmates' understanding.)
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products can include features where students explain concepts to a fictional character that asks questions as a way to ensure mastery as well as more focused Attention. Products can also provide audio and video tools for students to record their lessons for classmates to learn from.