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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 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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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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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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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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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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Zankel Fellows newsletter 2009-2010  ☆

The Teachers College Reading and Math Buddies are funded in part through the generous contribution of Arthur Zankel. His Zankel Urban Fellows program gives financial support to TC students in a variety of community-based education efforts, including the Reading and Math Buddies. Because Mr. Zankel is no longer with us, oversight of the program for …

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