Learn to leverage child leadership in peer tutoring and adult learning environments. Listen to how children from a low socioeconomic middle school taught technology and math to elementary students, university students, and teachers at conferences. You’ll discover practical strategies to create dynamic student-led environments based on authentic experiences.

  • Sunday, June 22, 2019
  • 8:30-9:30 am
  • Room 120A


  1. Session Presentation
  2. A Guide for Creating a Peer-Teaching Experience
  3. A Guide for Creating a Kids Teaching Teachers Experience
  4. A Needs Assessment
  5. More Work By Eddie

1.Session Presentation

2. A Guide for Creating a Peer-Teaching Experience

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This is a cross-age peer tutoring experience that took place between 9th-grade students and elementary students. Initially, the plan was for the high school students to work with an elementary school that was within walking distance. Under unique circumstances, the high school students were able to roll out the technology to a classroom about 100 miles away using Facetime on the iPhone. This experience went through multiple sessions that spanned just a few months.

In this case, the high school students taught elementary students how to use GoAnimate, SketchUp, and Prezi. The project started by having 1 high school student teach 5 elementary students how to use specific programs. The high school students rotated until every student in the elementary classroom learned how to use the technology. Once the elementary classroom mastered the programs, they then went and taught other classes at their school.

3. A Guide for Creating a Kids Teaching Teachers Experience

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This was a one-time workshop where middle school students taught university students how to create 3D models with TinkerCAD, how to publish their models to SketchFab.com, and how to create a 3D environmental scan with Skanect. The core of students participated as part of an after-school technology club that met multiple times per week. The students in the club also helped kids learn how to use the software during class hours. Multiple kids were not able to participate because of sports, but there were so many kids that knew how to use the programs it was very easy to select replacements.

The workshop took one hour and included 16 middle school students and 18 university students. There were also multiple parents that attended the event. The room was set up in groups and the kids facilitated each group independently. With the success of the workshop, we then took children to do the same presentation at the Kern CUE Tech Fest (Link to story).

4. A Needs Analysis

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In our math intervention program, the goal was to make our students math leaders. With this goal in mind, our 6th graders would eventually peer teach at the elementary school next door and our 7th and 8th graders would teach adults in professional development, at the university, and a local conference. We serviced 90-110 students throughout the year and over 60 of those kids participated in cross-age tutoring events, but all of them participated in same-age tutoring events.

The tutoring events were like cumulative exams where the children taught everything they learned. The lessons were structured in a way that the previous lessons built-up into a concatenating chain of lessons. Their final lessons could be delivered in 45 minutes but were the result of over 2 months of work.

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5. More Work by Eddie

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