The reciprocal style of teaching involves students working together, providing feedback to other participants. Much like the practice style, the instructor gives out a task and students work to complete it. However, in the reciprocal style students are the ones giving each other immediate feedback, while the teach also roams giving individual tips and corrections.

Some of the drawbacks for the reciprocal style are reduced control over your students, and that students may not give accurate feedback.

Reciprocal teaching is best suited for:

  • Classes that already have a baseline of experience

  • Reviewing simple concepts and tasks

  • Students who learn through observation

The reciprocal style may not be suitable for every class, but it can be very useful for large classes and going over simple concepts.