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History: Reflections from PS 154  ☆

In 2006, the TC Reading & Math Buddies Program was in place at PS 123. Below, a teacher and Buddies reflect on the experience. "Reading Buddies has provided a one-on-one literacy support for our students. This has definitely impacted the progress of the students in a very positive way. Their skills have improved from it” …

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History: Reflections from PS123 

In 2006, the TC Reading & Math Buddies Program was in place at PS 123. Below, a teacher and a Buddy reflect on the experience. “Having our Reading Buddy not only motivates the kids she works with to improve their reading, but it gives them the extra one-on-one time that I, as the teacher, am …

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History: Reflections from CS200  ☆

In 2006, the TC Reading & Math Buddies Program was in place at CS 200. Below are some quotes--from administrators, teachers, and Buddies--reflecting on their shared experience. "The power of the TC Buddies is the continuity and consistency of their work. They are an integral part of CS 200. They not only build literacy and …

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History: Reflections from PS 125  ☆

In 2006, the TC Reading & Math Buddies Program worked with classrooms at PS125. Below are some reflections from administrators, teachers, and Buddies following the experience. "Nestled between the communities of Harlem and Morningside Heights is The Ralph Bunche School, our teacher/learning environment. On any morning from Monday to Friday between 9:00-11:00am (prime learning time), …

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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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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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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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Reading with Space  ☆

When literacy tests only consider a student's ability to read text, they can ignore the different ways of learning, knowing, and making meaning that we all have. TC Reading & Math Buddies are encouraged to help students decode books on a variety of levels. Working with picture books, for example, allows discussion of space, line, …

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Constructing Meaning  ☆

During our Reading and Math Buddies training, doctoral and master’s students from across the Teachers College disciplines found themselves constructing spheres, trapezoids and parallelograms and drawing circles in an effort to understand how young learners construct meaning. Because we are a diverse group of learners, we all approached the tasks differently. Even though some of …

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