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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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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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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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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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