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Student Coaching Works

By Elisha Burns, RAFT Fellow



To increase student engagement, I say let the students take the lead.  I have found that my students do their best work when they are put into a position of leadership.  My students that are normally reluctant learners suddenly are engaged and willing to teach the skills that I’ve taught to them to younger students. I do not know exactly what comes over them, because normally my students can find a million reasons why they should not have to complete an assignment.  However, when I tell them that I need them to complete an assignment so we can help the younger students learn a skill all the complaints go out the window. 



It is almost magical how my students will collaborate and think of the best way to instruct the younger students. I do not know if they realize it, but these opportunities to teach younger students are my opportunity to assess their level of understanding. If they really have a strong understanding of a concept then they will be able to iden…

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