Instructional Strategy Guide: Interacting with Peers

Peer interactions can greatly benefit a student's understanding of mathematical concepts. To facilitate peer collaboration based on differentiated needs, teachers should pair students carefully, model effective ways to interact, provide students with relevant tools, and offer specific advice. Struggling students may find it especially helpful to interact with peers who can provide explanations, clarify a process, and ask and answer questions. This give and take involves listening, speaking, writing, creating visual representations, and using virtual and physical manipulatives. View this slideshow for an introduction to teaching students strategies for Peer Interactions in Math. Printable text-only version available below.