|Originally posted by mxp:
There have been many occasions during group lessons where I wanted to help one of my fellow students by providing some tip or information that I thought was relevant to what they were having problems with.
I have very rarely said anything, though, because I felt uncomfortable and didn't know how the instructor would take it.
Is peer-to-peer help common in other people's group lessons?
How do instructors feel about it?
Normally there can only be one instructor in a group but there is ways to have group interaction so the group benefits and the instructor can maintain a semblance of control. We can’t see everything, particularly when we are looking for the rocks as we are crossing the water, so a few other eyes can help. That being said the instructor may setup peer-teaching groups and then appropriately you can say what you need to your fellow student. Of course each instructor and group dynamics to there own since group dynamics may be the force that drive the lesson.
While I am at it a little food for thought. Sometimes groups do not work well because the instructor fails to “pull” out the group and I mean everyone in the group. A group is just as it says and if it is always use “command style” teaching with little inter action the gaggle will never become a group!