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Ask Three Before Me

March 05, 2003

This 'oldie but goodie' still has legs. Teaching in a K-6 computer lab with 20+ students at a time can be quite taxing when the questions come fast and furious. The admonition 'Ask Three Before Me' can be a successful strategy on several fronts:

  • the teacher is freed up to work individually with struggling students;
  • the teacher can do more assessment; and,
  • the students asked for help can demonstrate their understanding of the topic.

The student providing the help cannot just take the mouse and do the job, he must actually teach his classmate so the classmate understands the concept or skill.



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