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Ask a Friend

April 27, 2010

“Ask a friend” is the most frequent (and arguably the most important) phrase Diana and I use when students come to us looking for help.  Our goal is that students will depend less on adults, more on each other, and learn the skills for which they’re searching in the first place. 

In fact, we have found that simple practices like this generate more interest and enthusiasm among the children than if we had given them what they had asked for in the first place.  Children are empowered through helping one another.

Below: ML’s first internet search in class.  RS is nearby, and begins to tell her where to click and type.  When he sees she is struggling with the mouse, he modifies his teaching, and guides her hand:

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