High school students observe, discuss, analyze, and evaluate the behaviors
of young children in an effort to improve interaction with this age
group. These mentors create their own menus of "Timely Tips" and plan
to use them when they work with their Book Buddies.
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evaluate, and respond effectively to visual presentations.
Engage in effective
Understand and effectively
employ structures of written language.
To prepare for their mentoring roles, students:
View children's classroom
behavior from videos taped by the school's media classes.
reactions for youngsters' conduct and actions.
Analyze reasons for
behaviors and ways to change them.
Use Book Buddies Journals
to reflect on what video observations and their own experiences
have taught them about children's behaviors.
- Create individual
menus of "Timely Tips" when working
with young children.
- Format menu as a
poster, a PowerPoint presentation, or flyer.
- Write an essay that
describes ways to react to children's behavior.
Students exhibit "Timely Tips" flyers, posters, or slide presentations
in the school library, community stores, and the school newspaper.
Students also try out newly acquired strategies by volunteering at
daycare or after school programs, and babysitting at home or for friends.
Taking a small but effective look at behavior management when working
with young children, students become aware of skills needed to be
an effective teacher. Students also learn skills for babysitting,
day care employment, or parenting.
Students As Teachers by M. L. Gregory, 1995: J. Weston Walch;
video tapes of different classroom situations from school's media
library; examples of flyers and posters that advertise a message,
Students view videos that have been taped by the school's media center;
search the Internet for research on classroom behavior; Compile "Timely
Tips" presentation with Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.
Student journals, "Timely Tips," and reflective essays are used for
Students continue to find good material at Kathy
Schrock's Guide for Educators and http://teachnet.org