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Distinctly Mine: Mission #1 Exploring the MTBoS

on October 19, 2013

I have a couple of things that are special about my classroom, but I am going to talk about some extra help I am luck to receive.

Algebra Support class mentoring with We Teach Science

I have been teaching math support classes for many years and, specifically Algebra Support for the past 3 years.  I have been lucky to have volunteers from We Teach Science, a Remote Tutoring and Mentoring program for those past 3 years.  They work in technological companies like NVIDIA and AT&T.

The best part of the mentoring program is that the students have the opportunity for free one-on-one tutoring. Although I have them for an additional math period, there are 25 students and it is impossible to give them attention. On mentoring days, I am satisfied that each student is receiving the individual help that they need.

Student- mentor connections last year were especially good (and looking great for this year, too). Some mentors even come routinely to the classroom to support their mentees, and, sometimes even other students! The adults care about the students and want them to be successful. They have both mathematical and non-mathematical conversations.

The confidence of each student has increased, also. They are willing to speak up in class and I believe that it is because of the program. Several mentees and their parents attended a board meeting presentation about the mentoring program. The students (and sometimes the parents) spoke about their mathematical success this year and emphasized that it was because of the Algebra Remote Tutoring Program.


3 Responses to “Distinctly Mine: Mission #1 Exploring the MTBoS”

  1. Jessica says:

    This sounds awesome!! What a great opportunity for students to make positive connections with adults in a math/science context! I would LOVE that with my 38 students in my classes. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  2. Wow! This looks awesome. You have my brain working. I would love to use this in my classroom!

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