Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

When Student Turns Teacher, Everyone Wins

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

When Student Turns Teacher, Everyone Wins

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Every teacher will be familiar with the idea that the best way to learn is to teach. We know this partly from our own experience of planning and teaching lessons, which is a fantastic way to solidify knowledge. My lesson takes this notion and applies it to the classroom, by empowering children to become their own teachers.

The idea is that in the first lesson, the children collaboratively prepare to teach the second lesson.

First, I divide the class up into groups and explain that each one will spend the lesson planning 10 minutes of the next. The groups then head off to refresh their subject knowledge on the topic, brainstorm ideas for learning activities and prepare teaching resources. The children take great pleasure in developing these activities, and they are as good as and sometimes better than I would have prepared myself.

In the second lesson, the groups of children lead their own 10-minute section, during which they explain the task, hand out materials and support their classmates through the activity. …

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