Last week I hopped over to Jericho Elementary to see something they’ve established within their week to support math learning as well as student leadership. Looking to older students as mentors in mathematics, Jericho has established a math mentor or math buddy program. Older students (fourth graders in this case) are paired with younger students for a set period of time and meet up in the morning prior to the official start of class. Pairs work together on different math activities and games. You can see such pride in the older students as they take the role of teacher and lead learner. The same is true of the younger students, truly enjoying learning from an older student. Awesome program, very great idea…one that definitely landed on my “oh I’m so borrowing that” list. Big thank you to the Jericho Elementary crew for letting me visit.