Series: Internationals Network Deeper Learning

Peer-to-Peer Tutoring
Lesson Objective: Students collaborate to support Deeper Learning
Grades 9-12 / All Subjects / ELL

Thought starters

  1. How does Deeper Learning happen in math with students who are new to English?
  2. What factors does Ms. Milczewski consider when creating groups?
  3. How does this routine support language development?
This is great sometimes peers can understand where one may struggle and may be able to help them in a way that the teacher may not see to understand.
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Peer to peer tutoring is a great tool to collaborate within the classroom. ELL students really need the opportunity to talk in English to each other. The teacher is not the only resource available for students to learn. The students takes ownership of each other,as well as work together for the common good.
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But how can you make half of class that know the subject and explain to another half that don't know
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EACH ONE...TEACH ONE! Awesome instructional technique used to help students understand and comprehend the information being taught.
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  • Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Transcript

    Narrator: I want you to take some time to work on the last quiz with your tutor, all right?

    Student: What

    Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Transcript

    Narrator: I want you to take some time to work on the last quiz with your tutor, all right?

    Student: What is X? Angle—

    Student: Yeah.

    Narrator: Peer to peer tutoring is being responsible for each other’s learning. Being able to help each other and learn from each other.

    Student: Okay. You see, you saw it’s longer side, you know that?

    Student: Yeah.

    Student: And there’s formula—

    Narrator: I pair each student who didn’t pass the test with somebody who passed, so I have a folder for each pair. In there, they put in the things that they have worked on.

    Student: Then that’s what the formula will say.

    Narrator: In terms of the tutors, I told them I would give them community service hours. They are all very interested about being college-ready, and one of these things is about doing community service. What I try to do is that I try to pair kids who may be a little shy speaking English, I try to pair them with someone who they might feel comfortable, but they will have to speak English. There is a lot of language learning happening here.

    [Background voices 01:17—01:39]

    Narrator: We don’t wanna just learn English. We also wanted to develop their own language, so they have to communicate 100 percent.

    [Background voices 01:46—01:56]

    Narrator: The reason we choose to do the majority of our projects in groups is because we want students who are at multiple levels to all move forward and to support each other.

    Student: Then the second one. Second one, cosine of the angle—I mean, wait. Yeah, cosine X is 15—

    Narrator: If I know more, trying to explain what I know in English to someone else is still a learning experience for me. I may know something about this, but I’ve never had to explain it before, so I’m growing in my communication skills and I’m deepening my cognitive understanding.

    Student: Then that’s what the formula would say.

    Narrator: Not just the tutee is getting something out of the tutoring session. It’s also the tutor, because you now have to think about how I have to break it down.

    Student: Let me give you more examples. Let’s say this is A, B, C. Then we’re gonna use Pythagorean Theorem.

    Narrator: When the groups are heterogeneous in terms of the academic levels, everybody’s learning. Some are learning how to teach, some are making sure that they learn from their peers.

    Student: You add them together [inaudible 03:11]—

    Student: I think we have to divide now, right?

    Student: [Inaudible 03:15]

    Student: No, for equation, we have to left one variable in here.

    Student: Then the right triangles hypotenuse is—is—is what?

    Interviewee: The kids are taking ownership, like this is my responsibility. I gotta make sure this person understands, this person learn. It has allowed them to be a little more humble, too.

    [End of Audio]

School Details

Flushing International High School
144-80 Barclay Avenue
Queens NY 11355
Population: 432

Data Provided By:



Rosmery Milczewski
Claire Sylvan


Teaching Practice

Project-based Learning, PBL, Projects, Engagement

Teaching Practice

All Grades/ All Subjects/ Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Subjects / Culture

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