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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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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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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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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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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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