Why Peer Teaching?

PreK-12 students help each other learn every day. They teach each other.  Why wait until college to develop their teaching skills?

The success of collaborative learning, in and out of schools, depends on how well peers teach each other. Our purpose is to understand and improve this process in order to enhance learning in elementary and secondary schools. At the same time, we can strengthen students whose interest and effectiveness as peer teachers can lead them to consider teaching as a career.

Learning to teach well is good for learning and good for living. At the Hoenny Center, we seek to understand, improve, and support the teaching abilities of elementary and secondary school students. We review and do research, consult with students and professional teachers, and disseminate information. We believe that developing teaching abilities in k12 students will improve the field of candidates for teacher certification programs and, thus, strengthen the teachers who graduate from them.


21 Benefits of Celebrating K-12 Students' Peer-Teaching

We nurture all kinds of abilities in kids, why not teaching?

Here are some academic and behavioral benefits for ALL K-12 students when teachers encourage students to help each other learn, a list developed as we listened to teachers and others talk about peer teaching.

  1. Improves students' subject matter achievement
  2. Increases student motivation for learning
  3. Provides opportunities for students to practice and improve teaching skills
  4. Increases students' engagement in and responsibility for learning
  5. Gives students a service model for helping others
  6. Supports the inclusion of those with disabilities
  7. Adds healthy options for students' time
  8. Provides before and after school opportunities—a way to extend the school day
  9. Supports improved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for schools
  10. Motivates improved school attendance
  11. Acts as a drop-out prevention program and contributes to a higher graduation rate
  12. Encourages cooperative, rather than competitive, classroom behavior
  13. Acts as a learning tool for tutors and an effective support for peers
  14. Offers leadership opportunities for tutors and a model for peers
  15. Allows tutors to deepen their learning by breaking down content in order to share
  16. Leads to tutor's greater self esteem
  17. Gives struggling students an additional life line for success
  18. Provides an additional valuable teacher-directed classroom learning strategy
  19. Supports teachers' program to remediate needs of their students
  20. Helps high school students decide about teaching careers
  21. Provides a K-12 foundation for college teacher education preparation

Each student excels in something. Peer teaching provides a framework for sharing their knowledge.

"To teach is to learn twice." Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Call 314-974-1752 or e-mail us for a brochure on research-verified benefits of peer teaching.

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