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Teacher support 

"Look, I have to go. Believe it or not, I'm teaching a class right now.... Yeah, well you're welcome to come down here if you'd like to try that." Ms. G hung up the phone and looked at me. "Why do people think this is so easy? Do they really think I have nothing going …

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My inability to say good-bye 

Unfortunately, for me the year seems to be coming to an end, so soon at a time when I feel like I am truly beginning to understand my buddies. I have enjoyed the time that I have spent with them and have learned so much from them, that I am experiencing "separation anxiety", and I …

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Words and Movement 

One of my little Buddies has been struggling immensely with reading basic words.  He still has a bit of difficulty with letter recognition, and finds memorizing and sounding out words very difficult.  He is a high-energy child who loves to move.  Trying to tap into his unique way of learning, we developed a game to …

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Getting at stories from the inside out 

One of my tutees is a highly creative and imaginative young man.  When his imagination is captured by the task at hand, he dives in.  He loves picking out stories to read, he’s a big fan of Spiderman, and he knows how to make interesting and plausible predictions about stories.  However, when I first suggested …

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Public confidence 

Today, my students attended a short presentation where a guest author read a children’s story that she had recently had published.  The students enjoyed listening to the story, and connected with the author, who was a local community member, and had written the book about her grandchildren.  The author began encouraging the students to write …

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Reflections: October to Today 

This is a look back on my four third-grade Buddies: where they were when we met, how they've grown in five short months, and what I expect from the rest of this semester. AR and I only met in December. She didn't like reading, and only wanted to do math (in itself not a bad …

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Back From Break 

I returned from our holiday break with fresh eyes, and was able to see a lot of progress that my students had made since the beginning of the school year!  I wanted to share a few stories of success: One of my tutees, R, had been getting in trouble for not doing her homework.  I was …

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Seeing the Growth 

This year I was lucky enough to be able to work with one of my buddies for a second year. He was held back and had to repeat the first grade. When I began working with him he was drastically different than his first year. When I first met him he barely spoke. When I …

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Themes and Routines 

Though my kids have always eagerly finished their morning routines so they could be ready for our sessions, only recently has this turned into a competitive frenzy to be the first one into the hall. Of course, I encourage them to be kind and supportive of one another, and so I express my disapproval of …

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Social Capital and TC Buddies 

Positive, strong social support systems can lead to a higher probability of a child’s academic performance —even though modestly reported. The functionality of each relationship within the social network is the crux of its strength. A healthy, positive social structure, can influence a child’s academic success rate. The TC Buddy system, exemplifies the strength of …

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We Have To Trust Each Other: Functional Adult Networks Create Social Capital for Students  ☆

Current research on social capital shows that vast and varied structural and functional networks affect student achievement on high-stakes, state-mandated student achievement tests.  Student success is, therefore, affected not only by the students' own disposition and characteristics, but also affected by social capital in the forms of community support, parental involvement in and support of …

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Handbook for Cooperating Teachers  ☆

Click here for a copy of the 2010-2011 Handbook for Cooperating Teachers.

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Reaffirm a Calling 

“I have nothing inside of my brain, if you cut it open you wouldn’t find anything.”  This is what one of my fourth grade math buddies said to me one day when I was helping her with geometry.  It broke my heart into a million pieces.  I have only been a math buddy in the …

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The Benefits of Starting Small 

A recent article in the NY Times highlights the spread of "Singapore math." In this format, students and teachers slow the progression and focus on basics for long periods. In one example, a teacher describes spending 45 minutes on the number 1. To some in American education, this might seem a step backwards. Our textbooks …

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Challenging Keys to Success  ☆

During the last week of training, the Buddies focused on what makes our program work. The benefits of daily, one-on-one work with underperforming students are apparent, but within that framework are a series of benefits and challenges that make the TC Reading & Math Buddies unique. Many begin with the concept of control. Buddies are …

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Digital Portfolios  ☆

One of the benefits we get from the TC Buddies is the chance to work with a diverse cohort. We have Buddies (or, if you prefer, Zankel Fellows) from all sorts of disciplines: clinical pysch, english ed, art ed, math ed, etc, etc. Getting to spend a full year with all of these different types …

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What Makes an Immigrant?  ☆

In the middle of September, the Buddies were invited to reflect on what makes a person an immigrant. We were preparing to work with a diverse group of young students, many of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants. In this context, awareness of multicultural concerns is especially important. During our reflection that day, we watched …

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Visual Representations  ☆

While we listened to the presentation today regarding human tendencies in the perception of time and space in visual representations, I thought about my pre-educational life doing graphic design for marketing. In that environment, I was introduced to the work of information design giants like Edward Tufte. Tufte, who was recently appointed to the Recovery …

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Reflecting on Looking Forward  ☆

My reading and math buddy training sessions have definitely brought me back to early childhood days. From writing with my left hand to creating shapes with arts and crafts, I have recaptured my early childhood memories of first and second grade. As a Math Buddy, it was fun to create visual images of trapezoids and …

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Natalya Bogopolskaya, Math Buddy! 

I was born in Yalta, Ukraine. My family immigrated to the United States when I was 7, and I grew up in San Francisco. I went to a Chinese immersion middle school and a French high school. For undergrad, I went to Claremont McKenna College, where I majored in French, Russian, and Psychology. After college, …

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