Establish a structure for peer collaboration and help.

  • Seeing peers teaching gives students confidence that they can understand the material too.
  • In addition, other students have learned the material more recently, and may relate better to their peers in framing the material.
  • Designate a particular location in the classroom where students can consult with each other for help.
    • This may encourage students to think carefully about their questions.
    • It will also promote collaboration in a productive way as an important step in development.

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External Source

Interview with Christine Alvarado

Interview with John Dougherty

Hélène Martin's website under "Middle school CS in action"