ERIC Number: ED463112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Developing a Peer Tutor Training Program That Fits Your Local Needs.
Gilberts, Guy H.
Peer tutors can facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities into regular education classrooms, especially in schools where money is not available for aides. The first steps in such a program are determining the best placements for students with disabilities and training the peer tutors. Training should cover expectations of peer tutors, typical characteristics of children with disabilities, specific knowledge and skills in working with their charges, handling bullies, and being diplomatic with difficult teachers. Holding peer tutors to a standard of knowledge and skills builds esprit de corps. Rewards for the tutors should be built into the program. These may include school credit, small weekly rewards, and larger rewards such as a day-long field trip at the end of each semester. Peer tutors can be recruited through personal contacts and referrals from school staff and counselors. When selecting peer tutors, remember that the qualities needed--perseverance, higher-order thinking, leadership, and willingness to stand firm against the odds--can be found in students other than those who are getting high academic scores and are in leadership positions in student organizations. Several people such as counselors and trusted students should interview and rate applicants to get a broader insight. The actions of peer tutors and their charges should be monitored, as well as the general school behavior of tutors. An appendix contains application and rating forms. (TD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: No Child Left Behind: The Vital Role of Rural Schools. Annual National Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (22nd, Reno, NV, March 7-9, 2002); see RC 023 405.