Literacy Tips for Teachers from Literacy Specialist Carol Boles


Welcome to day three of Carol Boles’ 6-day NWFCC March Specialist Showcase tour and learn how “Peer Tutoring” is essential to reading success in our young muses by the National Writing for Children Center’s Literacy Specialist, Carol Boles.  


Peer Tutoring

The value of students teaching one another is often overlooked by teachers.  Paired Reading is a peer tutoring strategy teachers can use in their classrooms, to help their students become better readers.

Paired reading is a practice reading (the same story or text) activity where more capable readers are paired with classmates who are less capable readers.

There are many ways to organize a paired reading activity. Here are the steps to a one-on-one arrangement for elementary school teachers – using the reading literature book.

-Identify who your top readers are—either from fluency scores or informal reading inventories. Then, rank your readers from the most capable, to the middle and then the bottom readers.

-Divide your class into two groups.

-Pair students with a student who is at the same rank. For example: the top reader in group one, is paired with the top reader in group two, and so on.

-Group 1 reader, reads first by modeling aspects of fluency such as; pace, expression, voice, and accuracy; group 2 reader, then reads trying to match the fluency of his or her partner.

To become fluent readers, children need to participate in a variety of oral reading activities. Paired reading is just one technique used to help children achieve fluency.

Follow Day 4 of Ms. Boles’ tour tomorrow at Leave a comment and your name will automatically be entered to win a Three Angels Gourmet Co mug and a package of Divine Dill Dip Mix – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.



One response to this post.

  1. Hi Nicole:

    Thank you for hosting Carol. We appreciate your support.

    Hi Carol:

    Our school district offers peer tutoring for all grade levels and it’s a win-win situation for all involved.

    Thank you for your valuable tips and information.

    Best wishes to you both,


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