Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice
Edited By Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook
Chapter 3. Building an Effective and Supportive Peer Tutoring Team Steven A. Beebe
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BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE PEER TUTORING TEAM
Steven A. Beebe
Peer tutoring centers function best when staff members work collaboratively as an effective and supportive team. Although tutoring others is often a one-on-one instructional activity, there are benefits to working as a team to achieve the goals of a peer tutoring center. Yet teamwork typically doesn’t just happen without careful coordination and planning. This chapter presents practical strategies to develop a well-functioning peer tutoring team. After identifying why working together as a team is important, teamwork is defined and the characteristics of effective teamwork are delineated. The chapter then presents the skills, techniques, and strategies for developing an effective peer tutoring team. Since peer tutors often collaborate during meetings, how to organize, lead, and participate in meetings is presented. Finally, how to avoid groupthink in teams and achieve team consensus when there are differences of opinion is presented. The overall goal of this chapter is to identify the key skills and principles to ensure that peer tutoring centers operate as a collaborative community.1
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