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Peer Mentoring

The peer mentoring aspect of the STEP grant at USF has several components which include peer leading in calculus I and access to undergraduate tutors in the STEM Mart center.

In the peer leading portion of the curriculum at USF, students in Calculus I work in groups on guided inquiry activities that are led by more advanced and trained undergraduate students (the “peer leaders”). The activities are based on the POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) approach to teaching (http://www.pogil.org/) .

The focus of the peer leading portion of the workshop will be to introduce participants to the POGIL instructional method of teaching by engaging in hands-on activities that have been developed according to the POGIL model. In addition, participants will get some insight into how to implement such guided inquiry activities in their own classrooms.