Kids help their peers improve reading skills

Houston Chronicle
Piloted this school year with nearly 140 students at six Houston-area campuses, United Way's Learning Together program puts older students in charge of tutoring younger peers — in this case, fourth-graders oversee second graders. All 30 participants started about a grade-level behind, but they have made tremendous gains, educators said. Not only are they reading better, they're raising their hands to speak in class more, they're checking out harder books from the library and they're more confident when reading aloud. "The best way to know you've mastered something is to be able to teach it," explained Terrace Elementary Principal April Blanco.

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