A Class of Their Own: When Children Teach Children

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Education - 117 pages
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Seven million more children will enter our classrooms in the next decade while the number of adolescents will increase by 20%. We will require three million new teachers to instruct this expanding student population. Briggs proposes a program for training children to tutor younger students, thereby freeing up teachers to devote time to students who need more individualized attention and to teach analytic and human relations skills and imaginative uses of technology.

Children are capable and need opportunities to participate in teaching as well as learning. Peer teachers improve their grasp of the subject and younger children learn from those who truly speak their language. The result is a mutually beneficial system for both teachers and children.


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Page xvi - External reinforcement may indeed get a particular act going and may even lead to its repetition, but it does not nourish, reliably, the long course of learning by which man slowly builds in his own way a serviceable model of what the world is and what it can be.
Page 3 - By teaching the younger children, the more advanced are constantly reviewing their studies, not by learning merely, but by die surer method of teaching what they have learned to others.

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DENNIE BRIGGS has taught at San Francisco State University, Govenors State University in Illinois, the North London Polytechnic, and University of California Extension. He is the author of more than 100 articles in professional journals and the media.

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