Build and expand
Register and report learning processes, discuss results, write about it and negotiate expansion of the work. The event that most ambitiously projected tutorial practices into the public school realm was a visit to a one room rural middle school by the national Mexican Undersecretary of Education in 2008. Impressed by 21 students indistinctly teaching and learning under the direction of a single teacher, the Undersecretary saw it fit to promote the practice among willing teachers working in similar school situations. Interest in Redes de Tutoría grew rapidly following the release in 2013 of a moving documentary, which demonstrated the power of the Redes de Tutoría approach. Now schools across Mexico have adopted the technique and it has spread to be used in vulnerable communities in South America and Southeast Asia.
The process proceeds by the inner thrust of empowered teachers and students –their parents included—and, in parallel, by the good judgement and perceived benefit of enlightened politicians and administrators.
Learning communities can learn from each other to strengthen and improve. At the end of October 2011, EIMLE (Integral Strategy to Improve Academic Achievement) brought together students, parents, teachers, and advisers from 26 states to celebrate what they learned during the year working in relación tutora. They met their counterparts from other parts of the country, tutored each other, created colorful visual representations of the webs of tutors and tutees that were formed, and attended workshops in art, literature, theater, and science.
In the end, participants felt a noticeable difference between traditional ways of learning and those they practiced at the festival. As Giovanni, a student from Mexico City in third grade, remarks in the following video: "Here, everything is done calmly."