Dr Judy Crates, Principal Castro School says:

Testimonial :
"Buddies4Math offers Castro at-risk students the opportunity to experience math as a recreational activity, not just a class at school. Dedicated volunteers from local middle and high schools work in small group activities in math concepts and applications with third and fourth graders every Friday afternoon. Our students look forward to the session and it's amazing to see how excited and engaged they are in math. Not only has the program changed student's attitudes and improved their confidence about math, but their math achievement on state tests has also improved. Our Latino students gained 64 points on the API last year, contributing to a 43 point gain for the school."
Dr Judy Crates, Principal Castro School.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Session format

This is the usual format of a session:

1. Group game
During the first 5-10 minutes one of the tutors leads the kids in a a group game, while other tutors are preparing for the session. The group game helps calm the kids down (they're usually very excited when they first enter the classroom) while at the same time getting them in a "math mode". For example, when we were tutoring third graders last spring, we frequently played multiplication review games. The kids always look forward to the game and it's something they enjoy.

2. Tutoring
This takes up most of the time and is the main part of tutoring. This where you, the tutor, would meet with your student(s). You would normally spend the first part reviewing what the student learnt at the previous session. After that, you would teach them a new topic and then play a game with them that develops the appropriate math skills.

3. Review and Summary
This is the last part of class. Every student has a personal evaluation sheet and this is the time when the tutor writes any comments, observations or notes about the student during the session. This can help us evaluate the students and adjust the curriculum accordingly. Lastly, this is also a time when you can clear up any concerns or questions you may have.

We always end our sessions with a treat ! Thinking and playing math games is hard work and can make you hungry for a snack :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Buddies4math Fall 2010 session

Buddies for Math is a program that matches Middle & High School students to tutor Math to elementary students. We are happy to launch our Fall 2010 session in in Castro Elementary School, Mountain View.

The program runs from October 29, 2010 to December 17, 2010 on Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our 6 week session dates are Oct:29 Nov: 5 & 19 and Dec: 3, 10 & 17. Tutors will be working with Second graders!

If you would like to volunteer, please email us at buddies4math@gmail.com


Buddies for Math launched a pilot program that matches Middle School students to tutor Math to elementary students in March 2010. Our goal was to make Math fun, interesting and less intimidating. The focus was on building skills, gaining fluency and understanding Math through one to one tutoring. Unlike other programs, we are focusing on learning math facts through games and play.

Our student tutors worked with 14 Third graders over a period of 10 weeks from March - May 2010. We assigned enthusiastic and dedicated Middle Schoolers from Palo Alto and Mountain View to tutor third graders from Castro School once a week for a 45 minute session of math through fun and games. For 10 weeks we met on Friday afternoons after school in Room 9 in Castro school and played games that made the third graders add, subtract, multiply, estimate, among other things. The 10 week session culminated in a "math fair" where the third graders spent time at various stations. Each of the stations was conceived and created by the student tutors to explore a math concept. The stations ranged from exploring fractions through slicing bread, math scavenger hunt, mental math, Cafe math (restaurant theme with a budget of $2 for each student), probability with lego units and a multiplication bean bag toss.

We found that Third graders struggling with Math benefited immensely from working one to one with tutors. Working with tutors, the third graders improved math skills and gained confidence in Math. Our focus on games and play made math fun and less intimidating.

Our program is unique in that we are aiming to draw Middle & High School kids who like Math to work as tutors. The Buddies for Math program hopes to give our older students an opportunity to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of younger kids. We believe that volunteering as tutors helps build the volunteer spirit and leadership skills in our student tutors.

If you are a middle or high school student who enjoys math and would like to volunteer in our program as a math tutor, please send an email to buddies4math@gmail.com