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Student to Student Mentoring. Bamber Valley Elementary Rochester, MN 2008-2009. Why Student to Student Mentoring?. “ If a school is to be a true learning community, both teachers and students must have the opportunity to help develop policies and practices that affect them.”

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Student to student mentoring

Student to Student Mentoring

Bamber Valley Elementary

Rochester, MN


Why student to student mentoring
Why Student to Student Mentoring?

  • “If a school is to be a true learning community, both teachers and students must have the opportunity to help develop policies and practices that affect them.”

  • “The prevailing culture in a school greatly influences student attitudes toward learning.”

    Source: Enhancing Student Achievement: A Framework for School Improvement

    - Charlotte Danielson

How were mentors mentees determined


Teacher recommendation

Application process

Parent Approval

Schedule flexibility


Teacher Recommendation

Academic data

Connectedness needs

Schedule flexibility

How Were Mentors/Mentees Determined?

What are the mentors committed to
What are the Mentors Committed To?

  • A Commitment to one kindergartener at least once a week.

  • Willing to build a relationship that models ethical, caring and compassionate values for their mentee.

  • Focus on the academic needs of their mentee through communication with the classroom teachers and Mr. Davidson.

  • Willing to ask questions of staff members if unclear at any time.

  • Be willing to share your perceptions and insights of the power of knowledge with your mentee.

Mentors for 2008 2009
Mentors for 2008-2009:

  • Sabrina Som

  • Eric  Bruinsma

  • Nate Sheridan

  • Nicole Eidem

  • Isaac McCarney

  • Nick Ellering

  • Jordan Hockens

  • Katelin Shaft

  • Malik Ouda

  • Darrion Holmes

  • Tate Newer

  • Chloe Stone

  • Devin Olson

  • Matt Reinhart

  • Anthony Oliveto

  • Adrianna Gernes

  • Sarah Hanscom

  • Wyatt Page

  • Peyton Schneider

Student to student mentoring relationship musts
Student to Student Mentoring:Relationship Musts

  • Build trust

  • Accentuate the positive

  • When mistakes occur, redirect the energy

    • Praise immediately.

    • Be specific about what they did right or almost right.

    • Share your positive feelings about what they did.

    • Encourage them to keep up the good work.

      Adapted from: Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationshipsby Ken Blanchard

Student to student mentoring socioemotional objectives
Student to Student Mentoring:Socioemotional Objectives

  • Consistently discuss the “Bamber Valley Way” with mentee

  • Talk about friendships and how to ask for help from adults

  • Role play with mentees to promote how to:

    • Take Care of Yourself

    • Take Care of Others

    • Take Care of Your Place

Student to student mentoring math objectives
Student to Student Mentoring Math Objectives

  • Count from 1 – 100.

  • Read numbers 1 – 100, in random order.

  • Write any given number: 1 – 100.

  • Count on from any number 2 – 50.

  • Count by 10s

Student to student mentoring reading objectives
Student to Student MentoringReading Objectives

  • Recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet, upper and lower case.

  • Develop a strong grapheme to phoneme correlation for all 26 letters.

  • Master 40 site words represented through automaticity.

  • Discuss sequence when reading with a mentor.

Interesting facts to note
Interesting Facts to Note

  • Opportunities in life directly correlate to opportunity for education.

  • U.S. Census data reveals that those with less than a high school diploma earn about $19,000 per year.

  • High school graduates earn an average of $27,000 annually.

  • Those with bachelor’s degrees earn $51,000 a year – almost twice as much as a high school graduate.

    Source: Results Now, 2006

Student to student goals
Student to Student Goals

  • Kindergarten students will grow academically as noted through data.

  • Mentors and mentees will become more connected to Bamber Valley through relationship building.

  • Mentors will further perpetuate their personal leadership abilities.

Closing note
Closing Note

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-Nelson Mandela