I have written a lot about how we use peer tutors in my ELL classes.
However, I’ve realized that those posts – and other resources on peer tutors – have been rather haphazardly collected on this blog.
Some of those related posts can be found at The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More, and others at The Best Resources On The Value & Practice Of Having Older Students Mentoring Younger Ones, while I haven’t put others on either of them.
But our peer tutors don’t really fit into either of those “Best” list categories.
Though I certainly do have students in my classes help teach their classmates (The Best Ideas On Peer Review Of Student Writing offer some additional ways I do that), the peer tutors in my classes actually comprise a separate and simultaneous class that works with my ELL students.
Mentoring is just a very small part of their work with the ELLs (I should also make clear that many of the tutors are also advanced ELLs). My TOK students do an entirely separate mentoring program and, during years when I have a little extra energy (and, believe me, this year is not one of them), we also have a separate mentoring program where advanced ELLs mentor newcomers.
The peer tutors in my classes spend the vast majority of their time actually providing instruction. They are not quite “peers,” since they are slightly older (a year or two) than the students they work with.
So, here are the best resources on peer tutors, at least as I define them:
THE BEST RESOURCES TO HELP PREPARE TUTORS & VOLUNTEERS IN ELL CLASSES – AND, BOY, DO I NEED SUGGESTIONS!
HERE’S WHAT A TYPICAL ELL CLASS WITH PEER TUTORS & ME LOOKS LIKE
HERE’S A NEW WRITING “TWIST” I PLAN TO ADD TO PEER TUTORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES NEXT YEAR WHEN WORKING WITH ELLS
ARE SCHOOLS OVERLOOKING AN OBVIOUS STRATEGY THEY CAN IMPLEMENT IMMEDIATELY TO ACCELERATE LEARNING? PEER TUTORS!
HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS I’VE GIVEN PEER TUTORS TO HELP ELLS IMPROVE THEIR LITERACY
HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES I’M GIVING PEER TUTORS IN MY ELL CLASSES THIS YEAR
GUEST POST: “MY YEAR AS AN ELL PEER TUTOR”
OUR AFTER-SCHOOL PEER TUTORING PROGRAM FOR ELLS – STUDENT HANDOUTS INCLUDED!
GUEST POST: PEER TUTORS WRITE ABOUT THEIR SUMMER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE HELPING ELL NEWCOMERS
NEW RESEARCH REVIEW FINDS SMALL GROUP & PEER INSTRUCTION EFFECTIVE
GUEST POST: ADVANCED ELLS WRITE ABOUT THEIR SUMMER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE TUTORING NEWCOMERS
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: STUDY FINDS STUDENTS TUTORING CLASSMATES HELPS EVERYBODY
HOW MY ELL NEWCOMER STUDENTS EVALUATED THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR’S CLASS
How Peer Tutoring Can Transform High School Academics — and Benefit Both Student Teachers and the Classmates They’re Helping is from The 74.
A Research-Backed Toolkit of What Works—and Doesn’t Work—in Education is from Edutopia.
STUDY FINDS EVEN “LIGHTLY TRAINED” TUTORS CAN HAVE MAJOR IMPACT ON STUDENT LEARNING
Here Are Step-By-Step Instructions For A Flashcard Activity I Do With My ELL Newcomers
The Shotton Hall Research School has published three posts: Looking again at the evidence for peer tutoring; Five reasons to love peer tutoring and How we designed a peer tutoring programme.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A TYPICAL DAY DURING MY ELL U.S. HISTORY CLASS
WHAT HAPPENS IN A TYPICAL DAY DURING MY ELL NEWCOMERS CLASS
How Peer Teaching Assistants Can Support Multilingual Learners is from Edutopia.
EIGHT WAYS WE ARE “ACCELERATING LEARNING” FOR OUR ELL NEWCOMERS THIS YEAR
Five Peer Tutoring Strategies for the Classroom is by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.