what High School Heroes said about their experience in elementary school classrooms
Working with the kids helped me decide what I want to do when I graduate from high school
I learned leadership skills when presenting a project
I learned how teachers feel when they teach
I will miss the students, I feel sad like I just broke up with my girlfriend
That’s what High School Heroes from Richardson High School said about their experience in elementary school classrooms.
High School students from Richardson High School taught the JA curricula to students at Northwood Hills Elementary. The 36 high school students went together as a group once a week for 5 weeks spending an hour in the classroom each week. In return for teaching , besides getting valuable experience in planning, practicing their presentation skills and learning to work with elementary school students, the high school students were awarded service learning hours to help with their graduation requirements. In all it was a successful experience for everyone.
Beth Brown, the students’ teacher at Richardson High School said:
The JA High School Heroes program has been so beneficial to my students. Every time we go to the elementary school and I peek through the classroom doors I see amazing things. The look that they have on their face when teaching the kids is priceless. They are animated and working so hard to teach the lessons. Every week we do a reflection after the lesson. Their comments are so enlightening. I asked them today “What have you learned about yourself from this program?” Comments ranged from “I like kids better than I thought I did” to “I think I want to be a teacher”.
I was hesitant at first because I knew that not all of the kids would enjoy this. Some have told me that it isn’t easy for them. But we have focused on what we have learned from this experience and it truly is AMAZING.
JA High School Heroes is teaching my students things I could not have taught them before. This is a program that you should try. Your students will rise to the occasion!
Barbara Heise, Senior Education Manager at Junior Achievement of Dallas said:
Observing one classroom and seeing this big high school football player bending down to work with a tiny first grader really touched my heart.
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