When there are multiple children in the class many teachers and parents may consider this as a negative, as children may distract each-other by talking and not focusing on the lesson at hand. However, we must consider that there are various benefits of children learning together. Here we will assess the positive factors.
What is peer to peer learning you ask? Well “ Peer learning is an educational practice in which students interact with other students to attain educational goals”.
When students are working together they share their ideas, techniques and opinions this can help to enhance the quality of their work. As they say “two minds are better than one”. This may be more beneficial than a teacher as students of the same age may be more open to listening and understanding one another due to the shared experience of their age and understanding of life.
When there are multiple students in a lesson of course some students are going to be on a higher level than the other. This can act as a motivation for the students to do better as they see their peer doing well and want to do well equally as a form of healthy competition .
It may also support different learning styles as some students learn better from ‘doing’ rather than reading, writing or watching. It is evident that teaching something you have learnt to another person can reinforce that information into your long term memory. Therefore, if one student explains a concept to another student during class both students are benefiting from this conversation.
In addition, the classic construct of classes can become quite tedious and boring for students. By encouraging productive interaction between students it reduces the monotony of regular ‘sit and learn’ classes. It allows the natural state of humans being social to flourish while still achieving the desired goal, learning.