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Each One Teach One


Students collaborate to coach each other about complex words, visuals, problems, questions, texts, or assessment items.


  • Each One Teach One handout (4 assessment questions, each on a different color paper)
  • Each One Teach One assessment questions template (English/Spanish)


  1. Organize students into groups of 4. This is their home group.
  2. Assign each student a different word, visual, problem, Think It Up question, text excerpt, or assessment question.
  3. Students get up and find others with the same topics/tasks. They huddle together to think, talk, and prepare to teach their topic/task by answering questions such as:
    • Topic/Words: How can we summarize and teach this?
    • Visual: If the visual could talk, what would it tell us?
    • Practice Problem: What is it about? How can we solve it?
    • Think It Up: How can we explain and justify our answer?
    • Text: How can we summarize the most important parts?
    • Test Item: How can we justify the correct answer?
  4. Students return to their home group of 4.
  5. Each one teaches one about their assigned topic or task.
  6. Repeat steps 3-4 until each student has taught the assigned 4 topics or tasks.
  7. Observe students’ thinking and clarify/verify as appropriate.
  8. Students summarize what they learned and note how to avoid mistakes about these topics/tasks in the future.

Classroom Management

  • Role-play how to huddle with like groups and how to return to home groups to teach the assigned topic.


  • Promote access by previewing and summarizing the 4 topics.
  • Promote access to text by providing auditory, summarized, or electronic text and/or offering text in manageable chunks.
  • Promote access by partnering with a supportive peer for read-alouds, allowing text-to-speech supports, or allowing visually supported text.
  • Provide response support by allowing students to use audio/video support to record their teaching points and/or allowing speech-to-text or word prediction supports.

Think It Up!

  • Have students think more deeply about the concept by responding to a Think It Up prompt as an exit ticket or journal entry:
    • What generalization can you make about all 4 questions or concepts?
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.