Have you ever considered starting a buddy program? I did and I loved it! Older students act as mentors to younger students and both groups gain from the experience. Younger students get the opportunity to learn and grow with an older peer model while older students develop important skills like patience and understanding. Watching the learning that happens when buddies work together is amazing. Don’t forget to download your free resource at the end of this post!
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My fifth graders LOVE working with their buddies. I love watching the connections between the students grow stronger throughout the school year.