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Teacher as facilitator of learning-through-teaching process in small Learning Circles

Learning is best done through teaching another person, so children can teach and help each other with the teacher as coach and facilitator.

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In an environment with many diversity in level, intelligence, language and age, a learn-through-teaching system might work well. Small Learning Circles within the class with students who help each other, and teach each other with the teacher as the manager/coach/facilitator. 

EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

In stead of having a hectic class with a teacher in front who is trying to reach everybody, the centrally addressed lessons is a part of the day, and also people have their own small group. Depending on the skills, the highest educated/smartest person teaches the Learning Circle and tests and practice together. This takes strain from the teacher, gives people a role as teacher themselves so the responsibility is wider spread and gives a good sense of self worth too. For other skill sets, other persons can be the teacher.

WHO BENEFITS?

Everbody benefits: less strain on the teacher. The teacher in the smaller groups, teaching on the particular subject has a role to fulfill which gives a higher self esteem. The group members have a more personal environment to practice and that gives better results. The person teaching is doing the best thing to learn: teach others.

PROTOTYPE

This is already proven to be a good way of learning and teaching. What needs to be done is: set rules. What are the rules of a group. How big a is group? How long does the group exist? Does everybody teach? (I think Yes) There must be a strict schedule for the main teacher and the learning circles.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

This is an approach and to design this well, partnerships are needed.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am originally from The Netherlands and recently moved to London, United Kingdom. I used to work from Amsterdam in my practice as a creative coach. Working on approaches of How to teach, and design that, partnership is needed.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on.

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