Harnessing the power of peer motivation and technology.
On Giants’ Shoulders IS:
A simple 15 minute strategy, using once per week online chats with older (high school) peers, to repetitively motivate and inspire underperforming elementary and middle school students to excel academically and socially and to respect their teachers, schools, peers and the learning process.
On Giants’ Shoulders IS NOT tutoring, homework help or a “Big Brother/Big Sister” type program.
Classroom teaching, existing tutoring, and mentoring programs are only effective if a student wants to take advantage of them. An alarming number of unmotivated elementary and middle school children do not. On Giants' Shoulders solely addresses motivation. Unless motivated, students are unlikely to embrace the learning process or participate in tutoring, homework help or other types of mentoring programs.
No matter what approach is used to educate or quantitatively assess the progress of a child, a motivated student will have greater success than an unmotivated one.