How cool!!! I’m so excited to hear that you’re expanding beyond math too!
The presentation (1:48) says that as the SPTs have gotten better at their job, the students have been learning better. Is that part of the research you’re addressing within the project? How are you measuring the SPTs’ knowledge/skills/practices?
I love how the journals can help them develop their pedagogical content knowledge!
We simply have observed that the Precalculus students tend to do better with veteran (returning) STEM Peer Teachers (SPTs) than with the new-on-the-job SPTs. It is not part of our research at this point. Getting better at their job, and therefore, increased student performance can be attributed to numerous factors, i.e., content expertise, improved ability to explain concepts in a clearer fashion, and/or increased comfort with commanding and interacting with a roomful of peers as an undergraduate, etc. We measure the SPTs’ knowledge and skills by their grades in their own precalculus or calculus courses, faculty and peer-to-peer observations, student feedback through survey questions and SPT feedback through self-evaluations.
Great model for getting peers to lead/teach peers! How are the SPTs compensated? Are they volunteers? Do they pay for the credit hours for the additional courses they take to prepare?
This seems like a model that could work at any college.
P.s. I love the photo wall behind Susan Carver in the video – are those all the STEM Peer Teachers?
You might be interested in discussing your work with presenters of
http://videohall.com/p/811 as they are exploring related issues.
I love how you’re developing SPTs as leaders, while simultaneously providing their peers with essential supports. I’m curious about the SPT to adoptee ratio. How many students do SPTs mentor? Have you experimented with the ratio during the program’s existence?
Exciting to hear students talk about learning “problem solving”!
Further posting is closed as the showcase has ended.
We highlight our STEM Peer Teachers (SPTs) in action as they help students in precalculus and calculus classes complete their required mathematics classes to move forward in their STEM degree.
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