|Summary: One-to-One peer tutoring programs require math resources that have rich activities, instructional support, and actionable data. Buzzmath delivers on this by providing a service that consistently delivers content designed specifically for the Common Core along with on-demand examples and solutions for each and every practice activity. In addition, Buzzmath’s data and administration tools make it easy for tutors to track how their individual tutees are doing while also allowing program administrators insight into the effectiveness of their tutors.
Challenge: Giving peer tutors what they need to provide high quality, differentiated instruction
The DPS Lear Tutoring Program, winner of the 2014 National Tutoring Association Public Schools Program of the Year, is an innovative peer tutoring program that pairs high school tutors from East English Village Preparatory Academy with third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at JE Clark Preparatory Academy for one-on-one math tutoring.
Every tutor and tutee pair meets for forty minutes twice a week to check on the tutee’s progress in math class, learn new math skills, and reinforce prior skills.
Because the tutors are high school students, not trained math teachers, DPS Lear Tutoring needed a math program that would help the tutors give good math explanations. In addition, DPS Lear Tutoring wanted to fully capitalize on its one-to-one structure. They needed a math program that supported differentiated instruction.
Solution: Detailed explanations, interactive activities, and easy to access data
DPS Lear Tutoring began using Buzzmath during the 2013-2014 school year. Each tutee and tutor was set up with a Premium Buzzmath Account so that they had access to on demand examples, detailed solutions, and detailed reporting tools.
Immediately, Caitlin Theisen, the DPS Lear Tutoring Program Director, found that Buzzmath checked all the boxes of what the DPS Lear Tutoring needed.
“What we needed was a program that was interactive, which Buzzmath definitely is, and we needed something that would provide support in terms of explanations. Now, if our high school tutors need support in explaining what went wrong, they can click on ‘Show Example’. That was a great change for us. We also love that Buzzmath is personalized. With our previous product, the lesson plans were assigned each week so every single student in the class was working on the same exact plan every week, and it was essentially a PowerPoint presentation. Now our tutors can go back to previous activities and gear their instruction towards each individualized student.”
Results: 5% Growth on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program
The difference in the tutees’ growth on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) between the 2012-2013 school year and the 2013-2014 school year, in which Buzzmath was first implemented, was 5%.
While the growth cannot be attributed directly to Buzzmath, Buzzmath was definitely “one major improvement,” says Caitlin. DPS Lear Tutoring will continue to use Buzzmath for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond as it hopes to expand its innovative one-on-one peer tutoring program.
This picture is of TreMaine Dwight and Keana Jones. TreMaine is in the class of 2015 and an NTA Certified tutor, Keana is an 8th grader. They’ve been working together since fall of 2013.
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