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Math Buddies A Model Program for Mathematics Achievement Developed By: Dr. Carol Rezba Mathematics Educator

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What is Math Buddies? u Math Buddies is a program designed to provide high-quality extended academic support in mathematics to struggling learners.

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What is Math Buddies? u Math Buddies was developed as a tutoring program. u It was also developed so that volunteers from strong business and community partnerships could easily tutor students. u These volunteers help at-risk third- and fifth-grade students achieve the Mathematics Standards of Learning.

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What Does Research Say? u Research shows that tutoring programs that utilize volunteers, who use lessons prepared by certified teachers, have had significant success in improving the basic skills of at-risk children. –National Research Council. (2001) Adding it up: Helping children learn mathematics. Kilpatrick, et. al.

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Initial Phase of Math Buddies u November, 2002 - August, 2003 Math Buddies Funded by the Virginia Business-Education Partnership u Involved schools in three communities - Richmond, Portsmouth, and Amherst

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Exemplary Partnership u Universal Corporation and Maymont Elementary School u Universal Corporation made it possible for employees to leave work to tutor students during the extended day program at Maymont u Maymont’s extended day program was supported by PASS Initiative funds

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Typical Volunteer Experience u Check-In at Main Office u Pick Up the Materials from On-Site Coordinator u Gather Their Two Math Buddies u Go to an Assigned Location

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What Do Volunteers Do? u Volunteers instruct two third or fifth grade students in mathematics skills and concepts related to the Virginia Standards of Learning

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What Time is It?

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Lesson Introduction

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What Do the Volunteers Do? u Volunteers provide instruction through “hands-on” / “minds-on” activities involving problem solving, math manipulatives, and games.

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Materials for Volunteers u Scripted lessons are provided for the volunteers who normally work with the same two students during each lesson throughout the year. u The script includes the dialogue, questions and answers, and background information so that a few minutes to review the lesson is all that is necessary for preparation to tutor.

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Scripted Lesson & Manipulatives

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Materials for Volunteers u Student each have an activity book containing all the printed student lesson materials u Related math materials are organized for each lesson in expandable file folders usually stored in accessible file cabinets u Volunteers pick up their student’s books and the appropriate expandable file folder for their lesson

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Lesson #7: Student Activity #1 Area on the Geoboard

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Instructional Games – Making Math Fun

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What Do the Volunteers Do? u Check their Math Buddies’ understanding of the concepts presented in the lesson using a variety of SOL Assessments. u Provide feedback on the Student’s Record Card regarding their perception of the student’s understanding of the concepts and skills. This evaluation is done by using a rating scale of 1 to 4.

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End-of-Lesson Assessments

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Support for Volunteers u An on-site Math Buddies Coordinator supports the volunteers’ efforts by: –Pairing volunteers with students –Arranging a weekly time and an in-school location for tutoring –Distributing the materials –Identifying a sequences of study –Answering math questions if they arise

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How Does a Math Buddy Help? u By tutoring two students in mathematics for forty-five minutes to one-and-one-half hours per week for 20-30 weeks based upon the time allotment for the program u (Note: In some situations, a volunteer may choose to pair with another volunteer to share these responsibilities.)

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Volunteer’s Contributions u Assisting students in mastering the mathematics concepts and skills related to the Virginia Standards of Learning u Supporting teachers and the school by increasing students’ performance on the Virginia SOL tests u Increasing the student’s enjoyment of mathematics

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Volunteer’s Contributions u Providing valuable information about the relevance of mathematics to their life and career u Serving as a positive adult role model and mentor to youth

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Volunteer’s Contributions u Strengthening community involvement in public education u Strengthening school/community relationships and communication

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Volunteer’s Contributions

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Math Buddy Partnerships u Businesses and Corporations u State Agencies u Local Sororities u Local Church Groups u Retired Teachers u High School Honor Society Students u College Student Volunteers

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Pilot Results: Jan.– June 2003 u Results of Pilot Study Revealed Significant Gains in Mathematics for Participating Students (Borderline Students: 2 nd – 4 th quartile) u Data: Over 70% of the Math Buddies students passed their SOL math tests during ½ year pilot study

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Sample of School Data Changes Significant Increase w/ Math Buddies u Chimborazo (Ch)– Richmond City u Maymont (Mm)- Richmond City u Machen (Mc)- Hampton City

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% of Students Passing

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Math Buddies Pass SOL! u Significant numbers of borderline students pass their SOL math tests u Data: Chimborazo-Over 85% in 2003, 86% in 2004, and 87% in 2005 -Math Buddies who passed their Math SOL Test!

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Current Data u Data: Now averaging over 85% of Math Buddies passing their SOL math tests –these are students that were not expected to pass!! u Partnerships with Consistent Volunteer Support Produce the Strongest Results u Weekly Math Buddies tutoring is having significant positive impact on student achievement

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What Tutors Say!!! u “We just can’t wait to open up the expandable folder to see what manipulatives we will work with today!” u “I just love tutoring in this program – I think I am making a difference for my math buddies -and the personal rewards are tremendous!”

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Volunteer Today!!! u Develop a Math Buddies Partnership with your local elementary school! u Become a Volunteer and make a difference for a child struggling to achieve in mathematics. u The rewards are tremendous!!

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DOE Approval of Math Buddies Math Buddies has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education for Models/Programs That Have Proven To Be Successful With Low Achieving Students

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Purchasing Materials u Materials can be purchased from: Math Buddies 2301 Stemwell Blvd. Richmond, VA 23236 u Obtain further information: –Web: http://www.MathBuddies.net –Phone: 804-745-4144 –E-mail: Math_Buddies@comcast.net

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