You are also allowing the stronger student to use teaching how to do something to become stronger at that skill. Both students benefit from the partnership and help one another with the task. Keeping the grouping small to just partners also allows for more opportunities for each student to share.
This type of learning environment quickly catches on when it is incorporated into Eureka Math. Once you get into a good routine, you may be afraid to stray from it, however, here are some areas of your math block or even outside of it that partner work can lend itself nicely to use in. It is also a great way to add something different to your lessons when you feel like the students may need an extra boost in engagement. Before you begin, allow students time to practice how to speak in a partner voice, listen to one another, and take turns allowing others to model the problem and explain their thinking. Remind partnerships that both roles of speaking and listening are equally important.
When students work together in partnerships, student engagement in the content is increased. Students also enjoy the opportunity to work together to play games because it’s fun. Students can learn from their peers and build new ideas off one another. Student discussion and problem solving together are such valuable tools to use each day!
- Classroom Teacher
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