Peer Coaching in Second Grade

Jake Van Winkle
Second-grade teacher, Glenwood Leadership Academy, Evansville, Indiana

What surprised me this year with the students was the level of coaching they’ve been able to provide each other—they’re mini facilitators, they’re able to lead each other to the desired outcomes, and they’ve really taken on mini leadership roles in the classroom. The outcome is stronger because the students have a say-so in what they need to achieve.

Source: Toth, M.D., & Sousa, D.A. (2019). The power of student teams: Achieving social, emotional, and cognitive learning in every classroom through academic teaming (p. 33). West Palm Beach, FL: Learning Sciences International.