North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mill Street Elementary

Naperville Community Unit School District 203

The Mill Street Elementary reading buddy partnership was established in 2001. Each fall and winter, North Central pre-service teachers enrolled in the reading methods course are paired with a fourth- or fifth-grade student. As reading buddies, pre-service teachers and pupils read a common novel and engage in an electronic discussion of the novel via Blackboard. This program provides pre-service teachers with practice in asking effective questions to promote student comprehension. Pre-service teachers are also exposed to the wide range of writing and reading response levels. Mill Street teachers have also mentored pre-service teachers by hosting them for clinical experiences and student teaching.