Teacher of the Year Uses Peer Mentoring To Improve Student Work

Via Patch
By Melanie Smith, Patch contributor
January 11, 2019

Peer mentoring is an opportunity for people to help others while developing their own skills, at any age. When a person teaches someone else, they develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and are exposed to new perspectives on the topic.

Once a week during 9th period, a group of 8th grade students visit Mrs. Vazquez’s classroom to help her 6th graders become better writers. They play word and language writing games, help revise 6th graders’ written pieces, and share ideas on how to be a stronger writer. The 8th graders who chose to participate in “The Write Stuff” elective were motivated by the opportunity to help younger students and by their love of writing. Over the past few months, students in both grade levels have experienced a boost in their confidence as writers.

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