The Protégé Effect in High School
“While we teach, we learn”.
When educators step aside and let their students become educators and instructors in classroom, they implement so called The Protégé Effect.
The protégé effect is the idea that, when students explain study material to others, it reinforces their understanding.
It is a psychological phenomenon where teaching, pretending to teach, or preparing to teach information to others helps a person learn that information. For example, a student who is studying for an exam could benefit from the protégé effect and improve their understanding of the relevant material, by teaching that material to their peers.
Because of its beneficial influence, the protégé effect can be a useful tool in a variety of situations.
The protégé effect helps students learn information better as a result of several psychological mechanisms, all of which revolve around the differences between how they learn information when they are being taught by teachers.
Today, high achieving students teach the class. They colorfully demonstrate noun forming suffixes, teaching the ways forming nouns from verbs and adjectives.
This effect is also useful for low-achieving students who, through teaching others boost their own understanding of the material. When students have a TA (a Teachable Agent), they feel a sense of responsibility, which increases their motivation to learn.
This sort of approach is arguably more effective than the old school ‘carrot’ vs ‘stick’ form of motivation.