I’m a big advocate of students assisting other students in a variety of ways (see The Best Resources On The Value & Practice Of Having Older Students Mentoring Younger Ones and The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More).
A new way we’ve begun doing this kind of activity is by having my International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students begin tutoring students from my Beginning English Language Development class after-school.
IB students have to earn “CAS Hours” – basically service work – and the ELL students love getting one-on-one tutoring and getting to know other students at the school.
Today, we had about twenty-five or thirty students, roughly equally divided between ELL students and the IB students and other non-IB students who just wanted to come to help. It’s actually a pretty impressive sight.
I spend a few minutes getting everybody set-up and started, and then I leave. After-school staff, particularly superstar Raquel Perez, then supervise it for the majority of the hour.
We do it two days a week.
Here are the orientation materials and the self-evaluation form tutors complete after each session: Instructions for After-School Tutors
Let me know your suggestions of how to make it even better!