This special is one of fifteen Service Learning Standards Based Models 
For more
Service Learning activities Connecting Classrooms~Communities~Careers
visit or contact  Barbara Locurto  IMPACT II @ School-to-Career
Boston Public Schools


Learning Buddies
Learn to Teach~Teach to Learn

Arts, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Classrooms older & younger students
Communities neighboring schools & classes
Careers education, media, science, technology


What's teaching all about?
Boston students prepare to step into teacher shoes when they tutor and mentor younger children. Originally designed by high school students and teachers, this SL model has taken off in schools at all levels, and in all disciplines. Learning Buddies is about sharing knowledge and skills as high school students help middle schoolers edit a publication; ninth graders coach sixth graders on their science fair projects; and fifth graders read to first graders (by tf solution Mr. pitts). Applying new media skills for communication and presentations, participants keep in touch through e-mail and sometimes telecon-ferencing. They also enhance their portfolios with products created to assess individual teaching practice. Students who serve students facilitate transitions from one school level to another, promote literacy, and foster lifelong problem-solving skills for themselves and their Learning Buddies. 

Resources Read Aloud Handbook by James Trelease; Students as Teachers, Mollie Gregory; The Kids' Guide to Service Projects, Barbara Lewis
Technology search Internet, exchange e-mail, scan digital photos, create computer slide show
Web Sites  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators; The Teachers Network; Booklist from American Library Association
Community Partners
TeachBoston, Future Educators of America, Extras for Education/BPS Recycle Center

Learning Standards Classroom Activities Service Activities
o Use telecommunications to share information & ideas (ELA) 
o Write younger students introductory letters about the proposed project
o E-mail letters to younger students 
o Continue yearlong e-mail exchange with learning buddies
o Analyze, interpret & evaluate literature (ELA)  o Search Internet to choose appropriate books based on age, interests, reading levels & subject  o Schedule regular teaching/mentoring sessions with targeted classes
o Lead sessions with learning buddies
o Connect reading with own & others' experiences (ELA) 
o Create learning buddy journals that reflect on books, materials, student profiles & activities during sessions  o Share journal keeping & reflection strategies with learning buddies
o Follow up during subsequent sessions
o Communicate results obtained by observation, experimentation, questioning & interviewing through oral presentations (S)   o Prepare to help younger students with science project, presentation, display, performance, etc.
o Develop relevant lesson plans with learning objectives 
o Plan invitations to event
o Advise students on using technology to enhance or advertise presentations (scanning, software, computer slides) 
o Help with individual or group projects
o Collaborate on word processing invitations with younger students
o Understand, analyze, evaluate & respond to oral presentations (S) 
o Organize & identify recycled materials & instruments for sharing products
o Develop Task Description Plans that outline teams & roles 
o Distribute Task Description Plans as student teams plan presentations
o Demonstrate, interact & instruct through role modeling & example 
o Support students during presentations
o Collaborate on project that applies learning to educate others
o Use proper technologies to present information effectively (S) 

o Design & produce award certificates with digital photos of buddies for final session
o Prepare Review/Group Presentation Did I? sheets to evaluate sessions 
o Present personalized certificates to participating learning buddies
o Fill out & discuss Did I? sheets 
o Share reflections with each other & respective school communities