I have done this many time . Our school has a program called job shadowing
or internship. The kids get a credit and a grade. They have to have an
evaluation by the teacher and the students turn in an essay or mini-lesson
plans that could be taught. They may also do demonstarations for the
I had two students travel to an elementary school and work with a simi-blind
first grader. They would prepare their own little projects to do with him.
It was a reward for him to get out of class. If he had any behavior porblems
in the classroom then the teacher would e-mail me and the girls would stay
in the classroom. It was sort of like an indepent study. I am going to do
this next year with an art-mobile. We have an art-mobile that will travel
to various organizations and neighborhoods this summer. During school , I
will have a couple of students once a week teach lessons for thsi program.
I have also taken the whole class to an elementary school during class time
to teach a clay lesson with elementary classes. I would go and rotate
between the 2 classes, the elementary teacher would stay in the classrrom.
#- or 4 kids would be paired up with small groups. everyone was happy. We
carted the projects back to the high school and fired them and I would
delibver them sometime on my prep.Our schools were about 8 miles apart.
Thos that traveled in small groups have a permission slip from home that
they were allowed to drive to the site/ or allowed to ride with another
student. They did not miss any other class but mine.
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Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 8:01 AM
Subject: Student helpers
> Has anyone had their secondary students help out at the elementary level?
> elementary teacher would like a once-a-week helper. I am concerned about
> student burnout/boredom, safety in transfering, appropriate credit.
> think the idea is a good one...