Peer-Led Team Learning: A new teaching model focuses on student achievement through active learningby: Mark S. Cracolice and John C. Deming

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Students are more likely to honestly express their ideas—both scientifically valid conceptions and misconceptions—in a peer group where they have no fear than in front of a teacher who will be issuing grades. The Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model emphasizes student achievement through active learning. Peer leaders play an indispensable role in keeping students on task, providing guidance, and using language that can easily be understood by students. PLTL is cooperative learning that really works.

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  • on Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:51 AM

This article is about Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL). In this model students from various grade levels are placed into teams that meet regularly to solve problems and reinforce science content without teacher intervention. Figure 1 in this article explains the six major components of this type of learning. There is a potential schedule to show how this works in a traditional school schedule or a block-scheduled format. Also discussed is the training necessary for this to be successful. While an interesting idea, it seems that due to its multi-level grade model, this might present some issues when coupled with students time both in and outside school.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:02 PM

This article presents a peer-lead team learning model that takes cooperative learning groups and adds a well trained peer leader to the mix. The key is the peer leader who is a student who has recently passed the course with an A or B. This peer leader starts by asking the question of his, or her, group and then steering the team through the steps necessary to solve the problem by making suggestions. The idea is that a peer leader will more likely to elicit discussion and risk-taking in team members than a teacher. The author presents a model where these team sessions are done in workshop format about twice a month. Because this system requires a peer leader who was has successfully completed the course previously it would (presumably) require school support to implement as you would need to pull peer leaders from other classes. However as an extra help session or after school program it could probably be done in any school. The article is definitely worth reading.

Rebecca F  (Elizabeth, WV)
Rebecca F (Elizabeth, WV)

  • on Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:14 AM

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