Today's peer tutoring resource spotlight features a peer tutor training and peer tutoring program planning guide written by a certified school psychologist and administrator as well as a trainer and consultant to schools and organizations.
Despite what the title of the guide suggests, this resource is more than a peer tutor training manual. It also serves as a building / schoolwide cross-age peer tutoring program planning guide. Written by Jim Wright, Kids As Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual is truly a comprehensive guide providing instructions for using research-based instructional techniques: paired reading and listening while reading.
The document begins by explaining the rationale for using peer tutoring as an intervention method to help struggling readers and the benefits of this strategy to both the tutors and students being tutored.
Next, Wright explains the six core elements any peer tutoring program should have in order to be effective, and also gives a clear series of steps to follow in order to set up a schoolwide peer tutoring program, along with helpful forms, and sample parent and teacher letters.
Following is a section that explains the tasks involved in setting the program in motion: training peer tutors, matching tutors with tutees and monitoring peer tutoring quality as well as student progress.
The final section contains a curriculum for training reading peer tutors on tutoring procedures, appropriate behaviors, lessons on how to do paired reading and listening while reading, along with practice activities. This section also provides step-by-step directions for conducting tutor training sessions.
Below is a list of some sample documents you’ll find in this manual:
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