We have a PALS program that brings HS students into the elementary twice
a week. These are often kids who are thinking about teaching or another
child orientated careers. They are transported via school bus. Generally
I've had good results. Robbie came during science lab on Tuesdays, and
helped with safety. On Thursdays he came during my G&T pull out time. He
worked with my 6 non-identified (i.e. not labeled G&T) boys. They played
chess and talked, most of these boys do not have a father figure. Robbie
really encouraged them and they went through his college application
process with him. They celebrated is acceptance to the school of his
choice, but questioned how far away he is going (Chicago). They couldn't
imagine going so far from their Mothers and little brothers and sisters.
There were problems, last week another PAL effectively mooned my 5th
grade boys. She was working with a small group in the cafeteria. She
leaned over the table her pants slid down revealing her thong underwear.
She was rude to me, when I went stood behind her shielding the view, and
told her to adjust her clothing.
We also have a group of French 3 students who come on Thursdays and
teach our students basic French.
Our only complaint has been both the French 3 and PAL students do not
follow our general dress code. The girls often wear clothing that is too
tight, too short, and too revealing. We have had to explain to one girl,
she should not let the boys in her group sit on the floor - they were
looking up her skirt. We took the boys to task also, but we feel they
should dress more professionally. The boys are often sloppy without the
shirts tucked in. Both boys and girls wear flip flops, which are not
allowed in the general (district wide) code.
From: The Austin's [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 7:27 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Student helpers
High school helpers at the elementary level is, in theory, a good idea,
we have found that it takes a very responsible student to do
good work. Our elementary, middle, and high school is all hooked
and our "helpers" tend to wander off, use the time as study hall, and
generally abuse this privilege. They all work well the first couple of
months, but few teachers are happy with their helpers now that it's the
of school. Many elementary teachers feel intimidated about disciplining
school students (I have been asked many times for help). The
of the students don't seem to matter - whether it's reading to an
student, tutoring, cutting paper, making copies, etc. I have 2 helpers
the high school - one is still going strong and will do whatever is
done, the other one is more work than it's worth. I really believe it
depends upon the student. That's my .02 anyways! :-)
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> Has anyone had their secondary students help out at the elementary
> elementary teacher would like a once-a-week helper. I am concerned
> student burnout/boredom, safety in transfering, appropriate credit.
> think the idea is a good one...