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December 13, 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 […]

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November 28, 2016
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 […]

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October 27, 2016
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 […]

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September 19, 2016
Data-Driven Peer Tutoring (With a Bonus for Khan Academy Users)

As the school year starts, check out Splor! Splor allows students to search for skills / concepts and find peers who’ve mastered them. Typically, I’d start by touting the benefits of peer tutoring and peer teaching, but the Peer Tutoring Resource Center already has. So, instead, I’ll share three benefits of using technology to facilitate peer teaching: 1. Splor […]

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August 30, 2016
Parkway School District's Epic Back-to-School Video

What happens when students and teachers are met with a chalkboard at their school's entrance with a simple question written on it: "What is your hope?" A most inspiring back-to-school moment happens and you just have to see for yourself. Your turn: What is your hope for this new school year?

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August 18, 2016
Ideas for Training Peer Tutors in Collaborative Session Techniques

Educational environments promote learner engagement through student-centered activities. K-12 settings, in particular, rely on enhanced academic support services in helping students achieve core course objectives through guided instruction and facilitated peer learning. The services of such academic support programs oftentimes range from one-on-one to study group sessions and online tutoring. It is imperative, however, that […]

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August 9, 2016
Back-to-School Classroom Cleaning Hacks

The beginning of the school year is a great opportunity to start fresh in a sparkling clean classroom with excited, attentive students. But, let’s face it, no matter how old or young the students - there is no stopping the inevitable mess they leave in their wake. Not only is a messy classroom distracting, it […]

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July 25, 2016
Thoughts and Reflections on Social and Emotional Learning: Walking the Talk as Educators

As educators, we face several obstacles every day. Social-emotional learning is one challenge we face on a daily basis with our colleagues, students, and administration.  At some point during the day, educators must assist students with managing emotions and giving them guidance in setting positive goals. As a special education teacher in Reno, Nevada, little […]

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June 27, 2016
5 Tips on How to Use Social Media as an Educational Tool

It is safe to say that social networks have become an integral part of the fabric that makes up our lives, for better or worse, and that there is no area which they haven’t influenced, and that includes education. At this moment, millions around the globe are online either looking for, or posting new information. […]

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