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					Peer Tutors 101
        • How to start a peer
          tutoring program at
          your school.

        • Presented by the staff
          of Alexander Graham
          Middle School.
The Administration Perspective
               • Beth Thompson
               • 6th Grade Assistant
                 Principal
               • AG Middle School
Parent Perspective
         • Amy Karnes
         • “Sam’s Mom”
                                  Parent Letter
•   The peer tutor program at AGMS has been a          •   I am sure it’s hard for a parent of a typical
    tremendous benefit to my son Samuel. He                twelve year old to understand, but to have your
    loves the one on one attention and the                 child begin to respond socially in a significant
    “positive” peer pressure encourages him to try         way to other children is the equivalent of
    new things. He loves learning to dance with the        having your child win an award. Through this
    peer tutors and play games. He wants to                program, Sam, even though he is almost non-
    please them and mimic them in many ways.               verbal, began to express his feelings and
    For an Autistic child, responding socially to          thoughts with picture symbols. I believe it was
    peers is never easy, but the peer tutors made it       the unrelenting perseverance of Ms. Caudill
    something that was fun for Sam.                        and his wonderful peer tutors that helped Sam
•   He looked forward to their visits to the               make a leap forward socially and expressively.
    classroom. He was hardly interested in his         •   I would highly recommend the “Peer Tutor”
    clothing or style of dress before meeting these        program for any Autistic child no matter what
    boys. After interacting with them; he wanted to        type of school setting they are involved in.
    dress in the style they wore and he wanted to          Learning is always a puzzle for Autistic children
    be smart with his overall appearance. They             and those that teach them. I am so glad Sam
    made such an impression on him, it began to            has had the opportunity to have peer tutors in
    matter to him what shirt or shorts he wore a           his life. I hope he will continue to have these
    given day.                                             special young people as his “friends” through
                                                           high school.
                                  Parent Letter
•   The peer tutor program at AGMS has been a          •   I am sure it’s hard for a parent of a typical
    tremendous benefit to my son Samuel. He                twelve year old to understand, but to have your
    loves the one on one attention and the                 child begin to respond socially in a significant
    “positive” peer pressure encourages him to try         way to other children is the equivalent of
    new things. He loves learning to dance with the        having your child win an award. Through this
    peer tutors and play games. He wants to                program, Sam, even though he is almost non-
    please them and mimic them in many ways.               verbal, began to express his feelings and
    For an Autistic child, responding socially to          thoughts with picture symbols. I believe it was
    peers is never easy, but the peer tutors made it       the unrelenting perseverance of Ms. Caudill
    something that was fun for Sam.                        and his wonderful peer tutors that helped Sam
•   He looked forward to their visits to the               make a leap forward socially and expressively.
    classroom. He was hardly interested in his         •   I would highly recommend the “Peer Tutor”
    clothing or style of dress before meeting these        program for any Autistic child no matter what
    boys. After interacting with them; he wanted to        type of school setting they are involved in.
    dress in the style they wore and he wanted to          Learning is always a puzzle for Autistic children
    be smart with his overall appearance. They             and those that teach them. I am so glad Sam
    made such an impression on him, it began to            has had the opportunity to have peer tutors in
    matter to him what shirt or shorts he wore a           his life. I hope he will continue to have these
    given day.                                             special young people as his “friends” through
                                                           high school.
Peer Tutor Perspective
           Moriah Kimel
           • Learn about people with
             Autism
           • Learn ways to interact with
             all kinds of people
           • Surprisingly, Students with
             Autism sometimes miss the
             details in the surroundings.
           • Understanding this helps to
             avoid “the awkward”
Education Community Perspective
                • Jeff McGunegle
                • Students with Autism
                  are great teachers.
                • "The weak need the
                  strong (intellectually,
                  economically,
                  physically), but the
                  strong also need the
                  weak (for their
                  hearts). paraphrased
                  from Jean Vanier of
                  L'Arche
        Educational Community
• Peer Tutors: Allows      • Transformative
  those who desire to        Experience for
  have the experience of     All: Allows students
  interacting with those     with autism to be
  who have autism. To        recognized and be part
  teach them and be in       of the community.
  community with them        Allows peer tutors to
                             open their hearts and
                             helps them learn
                             through teaching which
                             brings mastery.
       Educational Community
• Hemby/Siskey Y Team   • Pup Tent (School
  Building                Store): Transformative
  Experience: What I      Experience for Parent
  saw! What parents       Volunteers. Patience of
  saw!                    Customers.
Watch it, Learn it, Live it
              • Peers create ways to
                make a lifelong
                impression by “thinking
                outside the box”.
                How to get started
• Schedule a meeting with your    • Go with a plan. Be specific
  administrators.                   about the number of students,
                                    days of the week or any other
                                    details.

• Discuss your options at the     • Short term rotation, long term
  school level.                     rotation, elective class (all
                                    year).
• Meet with your scheduling       • Plan to put these choices in
  person in January or February     the rubric.
  to put choices in the rubric.
• In the Spring plan for next     • Plan to meet again in the
  school year.                      spring to evaluate, review
                                    what worked or didn’t.
It is that simple
         • Peer tutoring has many
           many benefits.
         • With a little pre-
           planning, you can be up
           and running by October
           of that school year or
           sooner.
Questions?

				
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