To provide support for students entering high school with significant deficits in literacy and numeracy, Stuart High School has been running a Reading Intervention Class.
Year 8-10 students in that class were recently given the chance to develop their own lessons to teach Reception-Year 1 students from the Stuart Primary Campus R-7.
Senior Leader Steve Walker said the task helped improve the students’ confidence by putting them in a leadership role.
“For a lot of these kids their own confidence levels are very low, so their engagement with the writing process is not particularly high,” he said.
“From a teacher’s point of view you have to strengthen that engagement and make them feel good about it.”
Three students from the Reading Intervention Class were each paired off with a group of primary school students, to mentor them through literacy and numeracy tasks.
One task involved recognising letter pairings such as TH, SH, CH, while another student made their own word finder with commonly-used words embedded in a matrix of letters.
Mr Walker said the students had based their tasks on what the primary school students had been learning in class.
“I told my students to come up with a lesson that they thought was at the right level,” he said. “They had to come up with how they would teach Year 1 students.”