Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More


Regular readers of this blog know I’m a big proponent of students teaching other students.

I’ve published several posts on the topic, but am hoping readers will point me in the direction of others.

Here is a beginning list of The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates (it’s just a beginning):

Teaching Students To Teach (& What School Reformers Are Missing)

“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”

This Lesson Is Great, Though I’m Not So Sure About Using Khan As A Model

“What If?” Slideshows From My English Language Learner Students

Important Study: “Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall”

How to Use the Reciprocal Learning Strategy is from Cult of Pedagogy.

Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds Students Tutoring Classmates Helps Everybody

Slate Publishes The Weirdest Article About Students Teaching Others, But It Has Some Useful Info

Here’s My Chapter On Elements Of A Successful Lesson, Along With Student Hand-Outs THEY Use To Teach

Here’s a guest post that appeared in Doug Lemov’s blog on peer tutoring.

Doug Lemov has a Part Two guest post on peer tutoring.

Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included

The Art Of Peer Teaching is from 3 Star Learning Experience.

Should Students Explain Their Thinking? Not Always, Research Says is from Ed Week. It’s a helpful study, though I think it uses a “straw man.” It basically says that student self-explanation is effective as long as they’re giving a correct one. It’s difficult for me to believe that many teachers don’t use guidance to ensure that this is the case. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen researchers use straw men to prove their point.

Here’s A Lesson – & A Template – That Intermediate ELL Students Taught Beginners

Want to ace an exam? Tell a friend what you learned is from Science Daily.

The Benefits Of Students Acknowledging Help They Receive From Classmates

“Everyone Is A Teacher” Is A New Engagement Strategy I’m Using & It Seems To Be Working

Is peer feedback the most effective way to teach? appeared on Medium.

Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers

Creating an Effective Book Buddies Program: No More Magical Thinking is from Timothy Shanahan.

Peers Guide 9th Graders Through ‘Make-or-Break’ Year is from Ed Week.

A Fourth Step: “I Do, We Do, You Do” and then “You Teach”

Peer Teaching Through Expert Groups is a video from The Teaching Channel that showcases an ELL classroom.

Guest Post: Using A “Jigsaw” In Math Class

How Our Intermediate ELLs Taught Our Beginner ELLs About World War One Today

Incorporating Students’ Perspectives in the Design of Peer Review Activities is by Adam Loretto, Sara DeMartino, and Amanda Godley. What Do High School Students Think About Peer Review? is by the same authors.

Here Are The Two End-Of-Year Projects Students Do In My TOK Classes

Learning by teaching others is extremely effective – a new study tested a key reason why is from Research Digest.

Additional suggestions are always welcome.

If you found this post useful, you might want to consider subscribing to this blog for free.

You might also want to explore the over 800 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Hi Larry,

    This is a very interesting post. All through my student years and even now, I have found great benefit from learning and teaching from peers.

    You need no introduction on Themeefy, since you had written about us a few months back. I am only thankful for you spreading the good word about us.

    I my vision for Themeefy has always been that it will aid in the socratic method of learning, and let peers teach each other. Given any topic or problem, everyone goes out and seeks the truth or learns about it in their own ways. They create their own Themeefy Mags and then come and share it in the group.

    This way, through repeating the same topic from different perspectives (because no two Themeefy Mags will be different) and by looking at a wide variety of learning materials (videos, links, tweets, notes) from the web, the entire group learns the topic.

    I write to ask your opinion on two things –

    First, would you agree to this hypothesis that I made above ? Your word as an experienced educator matters the most and I would love to hear your thoughts.

    Second, how can we do something better, to make Themeefy a better peer learning / classroom learning tool ?

    Just to let you know, apart from working on Themeefy, we have also started a blog on EdTech, where we share resources on EdTech. You may find this specific post interesting

    I will keep an eye on other self-learning / peer-learning tools and let you know. Look forward to reading more from your blog and learning.

    Kind regards,
    Titash Neogi

  2. When students teach each other, each benefit. See Teaching and Helping Students Think and Do Better.

    Another point: What are we to teach? My point is that we need to stress basic principles. See Rational Thinking, Government Policies, Science, and Living. Rational thinking starts with clearly stated principles, continues with logical deductions, and then examines empirical evidence to possibly modify the principles.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.

Skip to toolbar