If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

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Tutorials by 8th Graders

The middle schoolers have been working on learning the proper uses of colons and semicolons for the past couple of weeks.  The eighth graders created tutorials using a variety of tools to help teach others.  Here are a few examples of their tutorials.


Tutorial by Sabrina M.

Tutorial by Josh F.

Tutorial by Rachel O.

Tutorial by Shelby W.


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Skyping with Brazil

Cross posted from Teitelbaum Language Arts Blog

My sixth graders had the opportunity to Skype with Silvia Tolisano and her new school last week. They were the experts on creating “tutorials”.  They shared what they’ve learned with the students in Brazil and gave some  helpful tips.

Each student had a different “job” during the Skype call.  We had a tweeter,  two note takers, four students on the panel answering questions, and one student was the photographer.  We also had one student looking up information as needed.


Have you ever created a tutorial before?  What suggestions would you have to help someone who has not created a tutorial?

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Learn to Teach Others

Many people know that the best way to assess if someone understands a new concept, is to have them “teach” someone else. For the past three weeks, my fourth graders have been working on creating a tutorials on a variety of language arts concepts.  The students have finally finished their projects and are ready to share and reflect.  Next week, they will be sharing their tutorials with their own classmates.  A few projects will be shared with the younger classes in our school.  They are all posted on the students’ individual blogs, and will hopefully be helpful to classes around the world.  Here are some of the projects.  The remainder will be posted soon.   I am very proud of the effort put into these tutorials.  Be sure to comment and give some feedback to the fourth graders.

So, what did you think?

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Tutorials Created by Students

The 4th graders have been working on tutorials for the past two weeks.  The first one is finally complete!  The students have all been working with a partner on a variety of topics.  This one is on adverbs.  Let Emily and Jasmine know what you think about their tutorial.

Other tutorials coming soon!

What are pronouns?

What are proper nouns?

What are common nouns?

What are adjectives?

What are synonyms and antonyms?

What are rules for making nouns plural?