Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding

Aristotle says:

Teaching is the highest form of understanding

Alan November, in the book Curriculum 21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs,  lists “Tutorial Designers” as one of the six new roles to develop empowered learners.

If these two educators , separated by over 2000 years in history, are right… then we should be pushing students to do just that. We need to give them opportunities to become teachers.

The creation and maintenance of the Math Wiki by our Middle Schoolers was the perfect platform to expose students to an array of design tools to create tutorials for their classmates and other math students around the world.

Take a look at the following tools used and student examples.


Microsoft PowerPoint


SmartBoard Notebook

SmartBoard Notebook

SmartBoard Notebook

Skitch/ Jing

  • Screenshot software

Using Skitch

Google Docs Drawing

Google Docs-Drawing

Google Earth

Google Earth


Student Created Tutorials from langwitches on Vimeo.

Garageband or Vocaroo (web based recording)