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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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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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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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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, …

Posted 96 months ago by

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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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R&M Buddies get new teaching tools  ☆

As technology takes over more and more of the average day, it’s important that educators are aware of new developments. Many think the way students interact with and learn material is changing; the methods necessary to master 21st century skills are not those needed 15 years ago. Teachers who can successfully harness new media my …

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1. What happens during the 30 minutes? 

Individual Academic Attention During the thirty minutes, the Buddies may work on a variety of activities together and include  your recommendations about particular topics or concepts that you feel need to be strengthened.   Buddies are encouraged to plan lessons based on each student’s individual needs.   Very often, especially in math, Buddies might have to …

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