Establishing a buddy system in the classroom


Q. Establishing a buddy system in the classroom

A buddy system pairs students in your class and asks them to support one another with specific tasks or skills. A child with a cochlear implant may benefit from a buddy that helps signal transitions, repeats teachers’ directions, or facilitates the child’s participation in noisy environments, like the playground.

The benefits of buddy systems are strongly supported for students who speak English as a second language and students with disabilities. The effective techniques of buddy programs can be used to develop a buddy system for children with cochlear implants and their classmates.

Benefits for children in buddy systems include:

  1. Greater social integration
  2. Development of leadership skills
  3. Better classroom management, and
  4. Improved academic outcomes

Below we outline strategies for implementing a successful buddy system in your classroom.

Strategies

  1. Be sure to match academically higher performing children with those that need more support.
  2. Assign a buddy to the child with a cochlear implant or assign buddies to every student. Assigning buddies to all students may reduce attention on the child with the cochlear implant.
  3. Provide clear directions regarding what support the buddy is providing. In the case of a child with a cochlear implant, the buddy’s role may be to signal the child during transitions between activities or give one-on-one instructions for classroom tasks.
  4. Make the buddy relationship reciprocal. Both buddies should support one another even if it’s in different areas. For example, the buddy may signal transitions to the child with the cochlear implant, and the child with the cochlear implant may support the buddy with practice on spelling tests or wherever the buddy needs extra support.
  5. Carefully observe and record the successes and challenges of the buddy system. Adjust the system as needed. Improve the buddy system by reassigning buddies, clarifying tasks, or providing the buddies with clearer expectations.
  6. Reinforce all participants for being good buddies. Use social recognition or other classroom rewards.
  7. Rotate buddies throughout the year so children have opportunities to develop many friendships.

Share on: Share YogiRaj B.Ed Study Notes on twitter Share YogiRaj B.Ed Study Notes on facebook Share YogiRaj B.Ed Study Notes on WhatsApp
Characteristics and aspects of team teaching
Q. Characteristics and aspects of team teaching

(a)  Role Differentiation: In team teaching, more than two teachers assume different roles to function effectively.
A teacher has to function as a
(i)   Diagnostician: Able to analyze the conditions affecting student’s learning and to determine the causes of failure.
(ii)  Facilitator: Able to use group dynamics, independent study to facilitate learning.

Read full article
Limitations of Team Teaching
Q. Limitations of Team-Teaching

Limitations
When the different teachers work-together, it becomes difficult to eliminate diversification in their views.
Unification in their ideas becomes very difficult, such as some teachers want to make the curriculum more comprehensive, while others want to delimit it. It becomes very difficult to deal with such conflicting situation.

Read full article
Attorney General of India – General Studies notes
Q. Attorney General of India

The Attorney General is the first law officer of the government of India.
The Attorney General is appointed by the President and he holds office during the pleasure of the President.
His duties are to advise the government on legal matters to perform other legal duties which are referred or assigned to him by the President and to discharge the functions conferred on by him by the Constitution.

Read full article
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Q. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India is appointed by the President.
He holds office until he attains the age of sixty five years or at the expiry of six- year term, whichever is earlier.
He is the guardian of the public purse.
His duties are to keep the accounts of the Union and the States and to ensure that nothing is spent out of the consolidated fund of India or of the States without the sanction of the Parliament or of the State Legislatures.

Read full article