ClassWide Peer Tutoring is an instructional strategy developed to help teachers individualize instruction, while still providing students with ample opportunity to become actively engaged during instruction. In CWPT, class members are organized into student tutor pairs. Each earns points for completing their role competently. Students change roles during the day, sometimes performing as the student and sometimes as the tutor. CWPT provides the opportunity for students to practice and master what they are learning while encouraging positive social interaction among students. Twelve years of data indicate that at risk students and students with disabilities in programs using CWPT acquired literacy skills at a faster rate, retain more, and made greater advances in social competency than with a variety of standard instructional methods. Need for special education placement, as well as number of dropouts, decreased.
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