According to a study at the University of North Carolina, they found that the key to math success for some children may be through their peers. It’s called peer-mediated instruction. The scientists trained honor students to tutor students with intellectual disabilities in solving math problems. They found that using visual checklists, pictures with mathematical word problems, and reading the problems aloud were effective tutoring techniques to teach their classmates.
For parents, ask your child’s teacher how to involve classroom peers to support your child’s learning.
While this study focused on improving math problem solving for students with intellectual disabilities, other research supports the value of peer-mediated learning among a number of different student populations.