Date
20 November 2019

Strengthen a supportive peer culture

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Establishing a caring, supportive, and respectful class climate’

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Utilise group work

Utilise group work

Create opportunities where students can work together and utilise their strengths.

Discuss friendships

Discuss friendships

An animated video to support junior classes to talk about friendships.

Develop peer tutoring approaches

Develop peer tutoring approaches

The advantages of peer tutoring.

Benefits for tutees

  • more individual teaching
  • gains in learning
  • gains in social/relationship skills, for example, communicating, accepting help
  • improvement in attitude towards learning
  • improvement in self-esteem

Benefits for tutors

  • practice/reinforcement of skills at earlier levels
  • gains in learning
  • insight into the learning process
  • development of social/relationship skills, for example, listening, encouraging
  • development of responsibility 
  • development of self-esteem

Benefits for teachers

  • increased opportunity to interact effectively with a range of individual students
  • more effective use of time
  • greater coverage of individual needs
  • opportunities to observe students at work, and to assess skills

Source: The three R's of diversity: Teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms Part 2: Peer tutoring (opens in a new tab/window)

Strengthen collaborative strategies

Strengthen collaborative strategies

Consider how to build peer-to-peer support through your learning activities and class culture.

A skilled teacher optimises task sequences, not only to directly facilitate the different stages of learning cycles for individual students, but also to build up a peer learning culture that can intensify the challenges and supports for learning.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms part 2 Peer tutoring

Teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms part 2: Peer tutoring

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms part 1 Cooperative learning

Teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms part 1: Cooperative learning

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Download PDF (3.2 MB)

File

Summary of literature review findings

Read time: 26 min

Publisher: Victoria University of Wellington

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Establish a respectful class climate”:

Return to the guide “Developing an inclusive classroom culture ”

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