Life Skills students become teachers
Grade 10 Life Skills students have been learning about Emotional Intelligence (E.Q) and its impact on our lives. Research shows that the higher someone’s E.Q is then the more successful they can be in life. The great thing about E.Q. is that we can all learn how to improve it, at any time in our lives. We decided to share this with other students.
Grade 10 gamely took the challenge to design and run workshops for our grade 6 students about E.Q. This was a great performance task for Grade 10, they used many of the same techniques that I, as a teacher use, to design their workshop. They identified their learning objectives and then designed creative activities based on their newly acquired knowledge on E.Q. to enable them to meet the objectives.
Before they gave the workshop, they practiced and received constructive feedback from their classmates and myself, they had to incorporate this feedback into their finished workshops. A tricky area was ensuring that their activities were developmentally appropriate for our 6 graders, so as to ensure an optimal learning experience for all.
The students did an amazing job, for 30 minutes, each group of 6th graders were engaged in active learning, sharing their ideas and listening intently to the high school class. The high school students rose to the challenge and impressed me with their confidence, flexibility and determination to give the best workshop they could.
Reflection is an important part of Life Skills classes . The students were asked to reflect on the whole process including strengths and growth areas. Here are some comments from the 10th grade reflections;
“this lesson helped me become more aware of my 5 areas of E.Q”. (Julianne)
“Now I fully understand why people say ‘the best way to learn something is to teach others’. (Julie)
“Just the preparation part helped me learn more about E.Q”. (Brunno)
“I think that by teaching I understood the concepts a lot more”. (Sidney)
I believe that students felt this performance task did enhance the opportunities for their learning. As a bonus, it seemed they had fun doing it too!
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