In St. Patrick’s BNS, we implement cross-age tutoring through paired reading. This means senior pupils are paired with younger pupils who take on the role of tutor and tutee while following reading activities which are modelled and pre-taught by the teachers. Our pupils love paired reading as they get to visit another class and meet new friends.
Some of our classes also take part in the Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) programme which involves peer tutoring with pupils of a similar age.
Paired reading helps students work together, encourages cooperation and supports peer-assisted learning. It allows students to take turns reading and provide each other with feedback as a way to monitor comprehension. Most importantly, the children are having so much fun, they don’t even realise they’re learning!