Peer-to-peer learning happens every day at Morgan Park Academy, whether that’s faculty members sharing new instructional approaches or students helping each other master new material.

One example is eighth-grade history class, where students are creating lessons about aspects of the U.S. Civil War that they will teach to their classmates. With some teacher guidance and extensive research, students work in teams to develop detailed and creatively free lesson plans. Groups are variously employing videos, quizzes and games, the Socratic method, an interactive map of 1860s America, and more.

“With projects like this, students are able to take charge of the actual curriculum,” teacher Vanessa Cleys said. “They become experts on their topic and are thus diving even deeper into history than expected.”