Room 8 continue to support Room 5 in learning the Samoan sasa.
This week the students practiced moves learned last week and then learned some new moves. It was a privilege to watch our students teach and learn from each other. Some students missed the session last week and thought they couldn't catch up. However, Room 8 were excellent teachers and scaffolded (broke down the moves) and carefully modelled them to ensure success. Well done, again, to all those involved.
Peer learning has a long history. It is possibly as old as any form of collaborative or community action, and probably has always taken place, sometimes as a natural process, sometimes by a deliberate effort to teach/learn in that manner. Most societies would have some system of passing on useful knowledge on through the next generation, and this would often be a case of son to father, mother to daughter, or master to apprentice, or more commonly in the modern world, pupil to teacher
Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and then providing a tool,
or structure, with each chunk.
mentoring and guidance
Modelling has been found to have a direct effect on learner self belief, motivation, enthusiasm and cooperation.
modelling with passion and meaning
Unless students themselves become responsible in their learning no effort of other things work. So, by applying scaffolding in or out of the classroom, one can make the students more responsible in their learning activities and can expect good learning outcomes. When we incorporate scaffolding in the classroom, we become more of a mentor and facilitator of knowledge rather than the dominant content expert as a teacher. This teaching style or methodology provides the incentive for students to take a more active role in their own learning by sharing the responsibilities and become able to take ownership of the learning as well.