15 – The Student Becomes The Teacher – Justin McKibben
In the first of this batch of hit-n-run quickie interviews from the KOTESOL conference in Seoul at the end of 2016, I spoke to Justin McKibben about how we can expand students roles. By giving students certain speaking tasks the traditional classroom would consider a teacher’s job, we can vastly increase student talk time and give them a broader sense of control in their own classroom.
Justin takes us through some of the techniques we can use in our classrooms to shift away from the traditional teacher-fronted classroom. You can start using these techniques immediately.
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3 thoughts on “15 – The Student Becomes The Teacher – Justin McKibben”
May 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm
How often would you say that you allow students to teach each other? Do you feel that this is an effective method of teaching and working with ELL students?
May 25, 2017 at 9:45 am
We say “teach” a lot in the interview, but I think “cooperative learning” is probably a better term for it. Having students check answers and “teach back” ideas can really help them get more active in class. It takes them away from the traditional teacher-fronted classroom. I do something related to these ideas probably every class. It takes a few classes to get them used to it, but after that, it’s just part of the class and they know what to do.
January 23, 2021 at 11:52 pm
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