I help teachers incorporate peer-to-peer learning practices into their work.
My training programs provide a set of frameworks, practices, and tools to facilitate a flourishing peer-learning ecosystem.
My work comes working closely with adult learners for fifteen years to co-create new learning formats, including establishing and directing an innovative and thriving school in Los Angeles. During this period, I discovered firsthand the power, fun, and variety of peer-to-peer learning formats and the many benefits they bring.
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The purpose of a Learning Cohorts is to create a social field that allows each learner to feel connected with themselves, with one another, and with the larger community as they learn.
Buddy Systems are a structured form of peer-mentoring that help new learners become integrated into a new community. These are augmented by Peer Practice, which pairs cohort members with one another.
In Learning Labs, we pair up learners using an algorithm that optimizes for asymmetric levels. Each person spends 2 shifts learning, 2 shifts teaching. A documented curriculum of micro-lessons (missions) is provided, and facilitators troubleshoot.
Benefits of peer-to-peer learning:
- Learners engage more deeply with the material since they know they will be teaching it
- Relationships get built across levels, no level segregation
- Intermediate students get a more realistic sense of how well they know something, by teaching it
- Normalizes the importance of helping people learn, everyone shares humility around teaching and learning
- Provides a shared vocabulary for teaching and learning that creates community glue
- Lowers cost and preparation time for classes while still delivering an excellent learning experience
- Everyone gets 1:1, personalized learning — removes awkward mixed-level group dynamic which doesn't work for many
- Vast mix of of levels in a group becomes a strength, not a problem
- Peer to peer learning doesn't require large masses of people to be fun. It works with just...2!