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Teaching = Learning

Add a category "Peer Teaching" in the platform to enable students to take short video about the learning and share with their peers.

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In the remote learning system, add a category to enable students to record a short video to share their application and teach the peers about the learning.   Teachers, parents and peers could review and give "likes", "comments" on the video.  This would empower students to digest the information and share in their own words, and also facilitate learning from peers.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

100% learning from teachers should leave in the past. It would be great to create an environment to enable students to not only learn from students, by more from each others.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am one of the HK Chapter Organizers.  I have run a webinar on this challenge.  We learned that teachers are facing a lot of stress during this COVID-19 time because they took up all the responsibilities in teaching the students.  I think it would be good to empower students to learn from each other and teachers could guide them through the process.  This will help teachers release their workload and empower students to learn more at the same time.

What region are you located in?

  • South-eastern Asia

Where are you located?

Hong Kong

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Photo of Jessica  Vernouski
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Ivy, I love this idea! I have taught students online for 2 and 1/2 years now, and have done something similar in the past. I used to call it "student teacher." The students would sign up to pick a math topic that we have already learned that year. I would then use the last 10 minutes of class to have that student re-teach the concept to the class. They would have to make their own PowerPoint presentation and questions to ask the class. They really enjoyed the responsibility that came with reteaching, and the other students benefited from the review. It also allows the students who is doing the teaching to use higher order thinking skills.

I am curious to learn more about the webinar you have run on this idea and what advice you have for implementing this?

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Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi Ivy and Jessica.
Ivy, I also really like your idea. I like the creative possibilities this inspires!
Jessica - It is neat that you have incorporated something like this in a remote learning experience. What grade are you working with? How did the idea come about for your class? Were there any learnings from these "student teachers"?

I wonder if the idea might expand to other ways that young people might teach, maybe intergenerational teaching/sharing of a skill? Or might students work as teams and develop different lessons to share with their class, with the teacher serving as mentor?

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Photo of Ivy Chiu
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Hello Jessica - Glad to know that you like the idea & actually tried similar activity in your class!
In the webinar, we didn't manage to go deep about the implementation details, but this is one of the ideas we brainstorm to make the teachers not so stressful and empower students to have fun and learn more!
I think we need to target for certain grades to make this effective. What do you think? Any suggestions?

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Photo of Ivy Chiu
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Hello Bettina - I am happy you like the idea and I love your expansion on the idea!
I think it depends on the age group, we could certainly ask the young people to teach back if they could master some computer skills to do research and make the teacher serve as a mentor to give feedback and guidance.

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Photo of Jessica  Vernouski
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Bettina,
I had done something similar to this when working with 5th grade students. I thought of the idea because many students liked to explain how they solved math problems that we were going over in class. I thought that giving them the experience of teaching the class would help enhance their higher order thinking skills, give them experience directing a group of students (with teacher support), and also serve as a review of previous concepts for everyone.
If implementing this idea again, I would definitely want to spend a little more time with the student teachers before presenting. I think instead of meeting with them individually like I did, I would probably have them sign up for a topic at the beginning of the month, then meet with me two times throughout that month prior to their presentation. The first time, it might help to meet as a group just to give them a layout for their instruction and discuss ways to keep the class engaged. The second meeting would be one on one where I would have the student teach the lesson to me or even another teacher and receive feedback.
Overall, my implementation could definitely be improved upon, but I think the learning objectives were met.

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Photo of Jessica  Vernouski
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Also, I think this can be done online and asynchronously by having students use a site like FlipGrid. It allows students to create their own videos to share with classmates. Other classmates can then respond back.