Peer & Cross-Age Teaching




Peer & Cross-age Teaching – Is the sharing of skills and knowledge with people who are either younger or older than the teacher. The age difference may be slight when students are teaching other students who are close in age or grade level. The age difference may be significant when high school students or at the other end of the spectrum when they are teaching senior citizens. The combination of who is teaching and who is learning may vary greatly and the teaching can be one-to-one or one to a group or group to group.

How Does Cross-Age Teaching Prevent or Reduce Crime?

1. Crime and drug prevention skills help students avoid crime and drug involvement.
2. Informed students can become advocates for crime and drug free schools.
3. Teaching academic subjects that are not directly related to crime improves performance, builds confidence and provides experience of success.
4. Improved skills and performance reduce the risk of a student becoming a dropout.
5. Teachers and students involved in cross-age teaching are using their time constructively and creativity, which lowers their risk of involvement in negative behaviours.

What Will You gain From Cross-Age Teaching?

1. A sense of belonging.
2. New friendships.
3. The opportunity to share special talents and interests.
4. See the excitement of students who master a subject or skill.
5. Build confidence and self-esteem.
6. Eliminate or reduce stereotypes, misconceptions or fears.
7. Learn about other cultures, perspectives, ages and groups.
8. The opportunity to be a role model for others.
9. The opportunity to learn about group dynamics, conflict management, collaboration, and problem solving.