Through a unique pilot program, students tutor each other in math and develop relationships with children of different grade levels. A pilot tutoring program was created in Avon Ohio by guidance counselor Jessica Stringer, for Avon Heritage South and North Buildings.
The program has two components, which address math and reading. Older students help the younger ones, and the younger students develop a relationship with their peer tutors.
First, sixth graders from North help third and fourth graders from South improve their math skills. The younger students’ teachers provide the older kids materials and math game suggestions for this peer-to-peer tutoring component.
Younger students who are working on reading skills will read aloud to their peer tutors.
None of the sixth grade students miss any academic instruction. They volunteer to give up study halls or any other free periods they have in their schedules. They are recommended by their teachers. All the youngsters are considered to be positive leaders. They may or may not be really high academic achievers themselves.
“The sixth graders have really risen to the challenge of the task,” said Stringer. “Kids are clamoring to get into the program.”
Third grade teacher Amy McDermott has seen a lot of good in the program. “My students look up to the older kids as leaders. They want to do good for them,” she said.
One of the sixth graders who gives up his free time is Christopher Reitmann. “I think it’s fun,” he said. “Helping them learn is fun. Sometimes they don’t get it and it feels good to help people out. It makes me work harder.”
The second component of the program features high school students traveling to Heritage North to mentor the youngsters who may need extra help after school twice a week.
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