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ClassWide Peer Tutoring: A Gamified Learning Activity

ClassWide Peer Tutoring: A Gamified Learning Activity

Gamification Versus Game-based Learning

Gamification as a teaching strategy aims to enhance learning by using a game-style format to motivate students to participate in learning activities. Gamification is sometimes confused with game-based learning.

In game-based learning, students learn through games, while in gamification, game-like elements are applied to non-game activities to boost student motivation and engagement. Gamification is often characterized by rewards systems such as leaderboards, badges and point systems while game-based learning requires students to play games via toys, electronics and ...

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Creative Ways to Get More out of a Three-Ring Binder

Creative Ways to Get More out of a Three-Ring Binder

One of the biggest challenges facing educators on a daily basis is ensuring that students have the proper materials to succeed. This can mean anything from getting the latest versions of textbooks into the classroom to keeping a jar of spare pencils around for students who forget to bring them. It can also mean getting clever with materials to make learning more interactive.

Using materials and supplies creatively can also be helpful in a cross-age tutoring environment. In fact, due to ...

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Peer Tutoring Resource Update – July ’17

Peer Tutoring Resource Update – July ’17
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Mason High Peer Tutoring Program Design

Mason High Peer Tutoring Program Design

Mason High school is a suburban school in Mason, Ohio with a student population of 3,400. Its schoolwide peer tutoring program which opened at the beginning of the 2016 school year, was created by its program advisor, Jere Clark who has taught at the school for 11 years.

Motivation for Creating a Peer Tutoring Program

Clark states that the decision to create a peer tutoring program was influenced by increasing state standards and a need for a tier 1 intervention at the ...

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Latest Peer Tutoring Resource Discoveries

Latest Peer Tutoring Resource Discoveries

Below is a summary of the most recent links added to the peer tutoring resource library.

Schoolwide Peer Tutoring Program Design & Planning

  • Peer Tutoring for Students with Autism

This brief guide from Teacher Vision provides suggestions on how to facilitate structured tutoring sessions between students with autism and their socially competent peers. In this guide, you will find tips for training peer tutors on their roles and conduct during tutoring sessions, tutoring activity ideas, as well as the role of the ...

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10 Quick Tips for K-12 Peer Tutoring Success by the PTRC’s 2016 Contestants | Meet the Winners

10 Quick Tips for K-12 Peer Tutoring Success by the PTRC’s 2016 Contestants | Meet the Winners

Last December, the Peer Tutoring Resource Center hosted its second giveaway contest in honor of k-12 peer tutoring practitioners. We’re very proud of the educators who participated and shared valuable tips about implementing a successful peer tutoring program.

A hearty congrats once again to the following winners:

  • Grand prize winner of $200 Target gift card: Kristen Johnson, School Psychologist at West Cary Middle School, NC.
  • Second place winner of $100 Target gift card: Karlee English, Special Education Teacher at Hillcrest Jr. High, Murray UT.
  • Third place winner ...
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Latest K-12 Peer Tutoring Resource Listings

Latest K-12 Peer Tutoring Resource Listings

Happy New Year!

We’re kicking off 2017 by outlining some new resource listings you’ll find around the site.

Schoolwide Peer Tutoring Resources

In this course, students learn how to design and teach a lesson. The document contains a course timeline, evaluation forms and a lesson plan template for peer tutors.

This publication contains sample forms and printables for tutor recruitment, evaluation, training and peer tutoring program design ...

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Rewarding Peer Tutoring Practitioners – PTRC Giveaway 2016

Rewarding Peer Tutoring Practitioners – PTRC Giveaway 2016

Last year, the Peer Tutoring Resource Center held its first ever giveaway contest as a way to show appreciation for the work you do as educators and to celebrate our second anniversary.

Due to the success and positive outcome of the giveaway, we have decided to host another contest this year! This year’s contest was first announced to our newsletter subscribers who had the chance at competing for a first-entry-submission prize.
It’s quite easy to participate in the contest which closes ...

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Giving Tuesday 2016 at the Peer Tutoring Resource Center

Giving Tuesday 2016 at the Peer Tutoring Resource Center

November 29th 2016 is Giving Tuesday. If you’re wondering what Giving Tuesday is, here is a brief description quoted from the official Giving Tuesday website: “#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.”

One way to participate in the Giving Tuesday movement is by supporting organizations and causes that you believe in. As a Peer Tutoring Resource Center supporter, you can join in helping to continue to expand our curated library of tools ...

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Peer Tutoring at Arvada High School

Peer Tutoring at Arvada High School

Background

The Peer Tutoring program at Arvada High School in Arvada, Colorado began just this 2016-2017 school year. The program was developed in order to target those students in our school who are failing one or more classes due to missing assignments. The majority of those whom we tutor are 9th graders because we can easily access them during their Study Hall, and only 9th graders have a mandatory Study Hall class. We are open to walk-ins and have also tutored ...

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