The Peer Education training begins in the fall
when we begin meeting during our club time from 2:45-3:30 twice a during
our ten day cycle. We begin with an assignment to observe a fifth grade
class and a sixth grade class and to write up their observations (see
attached). In October we go on an overnight retreat where we discuss the
program at length and break into teaching teams. The Senior Mentors present
the first 6th grade lesson and each team rehearses and presents another
of the lessons. This enables everyone to see the 6th grade lessons in
their entirety before we teach the program.
During the retreat, students talk about their strengths
and weakness regarding their teaching ability. Students then meet, without
adults, to discuss how they handle the “party” scene now that
they are peer educators.
After the retreat we continue to meet on during
club time while we prepare, rehearse and review the teaching of
the 6th grade. The 6th grade program is completed before winter
break. There is a half-day retreat after break to prepare the 5th
grade lessons and that program is completed before spring break.
After spring break the focus of the training is to prepare the two
lessons for the 8th grade.