In my web design class yesterday, we did a recap of adding an image to a site. Well, I say we - I decided at the very last minute to pick on a capable students (who was at that moment being distracted by some other feature of Dreamweaver) to talk the rest of the class through the process.
She started to talk - and I politely asked her to take my seat at the IWB monitor - and talk it through from there. The rest of the class were delighted, and it was a successful few minutes. We gave her a round of applause for her efforts, and I then decided to take it a step further and asked another student to talk the class through adding a rollover button.
What was most interesting to me was to sit back and observe the learning process taking place. I could see who was struggling much more clearly, and found it fascinating to see how the 'teacher' dealt with stragglers.
Not only was this a more engaging method of learning for the students, I think I really learnt something here as well - it gave me breathing space to take stock of what learning was really going on in the class. I will definitely be doing this again.